Entering students should have an adequate background in mathematics, biochemistry, organic chemistry, human nutrition, food chemistry, food microbiology. Applicants must have a strong background in food technology, human nutrition, or related areas.
The MS research thesis option requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of Research (FDSC 891). Core courses include FDSC 810, FDSC 811, FDSC 812, and seminar every spring. Other possible courses include BIOCH 606, BIOCH 815, BIOCH 817, BIOCH 821, BIOCH 822, EXST 801, EXST 802, and EXST 805. Coursework must be approved by each student’s Graduate Committee which is comprised of a major advisor and two other faculty. The student must complete an in-depth research project, defend the research thesis to the committee, and complete a thesis approved by the Committee and the Graduate School.