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Nutritional Sciences

The Master of Science degree major in Food and Nutrition with a Nutritional Sciences concentration emphasizes research in nutritional physiology at the systemic, cellular and molecular levels.

Our dynamic program focuses primarily on obesity studies and conditions of the metabolic syndrome. Graduate students look at different types of food and the effects of food on metabolism.

They employ strong academic and analytical skills to study the impact of nutrients on everything from genetics to whole body metabolism and explore the impact of nutritional choices on obesity and associated chronic diseases. Animal or cell culture systems are often used as research models.

Students in this advanced concentration come armed with an undergraduate degree in biological sciences, such as nutrition, physiology, zoology, or a related field.