Graduate Curriculum

The IGPNS curriculum provides graduate students, in all emphasis groups, with a common core of graduate level nutrition courses. Participation in these required courses ensures that students who pursue widely differing areas of specialization have an understanding of the breadth of modern nutrition research.

Please refer to emphasis groups for their individual curriculum requirements.

Graduate Course Descriptions

Graduate courses are designated as 600 and above. They are described below. Courses below the 600 level are described as part of the undergraduate curriculum.

* I = Fall Semester, II = Spring Semester, SS = Summer Session, O = Online


Group Class Title Class Description
Core Courses: 619 Advanced Nutrition: Intermediary Metabolism of Macronutrient, Discuss metabolic control; gastrointestinal physiology, nutrient absorption; molecular, cellular, organismal aspects of glucose transport, metabolism, regulation; fuel sensing; molecular regulation of fatty acid, lipid metabolism;l cellular, organmismal aspects of protein metabolism; hormonal control of metabolism; experimental approaches for studying metabolism. . P: Grad St; Nutr Sci/Biochem 510 & Physiol 335 or equivalent.
621 Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology (Cross listed with Prev Med 621) Alt yrs I; 1 cr. Techniques used to evaluate relationships of diet to health and disease in human populations; integration of knowledge gained with results of animal and clinical studies toward understanding dietary risk or protective factors for disease. Includes advanced diet assessment and basic epidemiologic approaches. P: Grad St; Stats 301 or equiv & Nutr Sci 332 or cons inst.
623 Advanced Nutrition: Minerals (Crosslisted with Environ Tox 623) Alt yrs II; 1 cr. Topics discussed in regard to minerals are: metabolic roles; absorption, excretion, transport and cellular metabolism; nutritional and toxicological standards for humans and animal models; bioavailability; genetic interactions; and research methodologies. P: Grad St; Nutr Sci/Biochem 510 & Physiol 335 or equivalent.
625 Advanced Nutrition: Obesity/Diabetes Alt yrs II; 1 cr. Physiology, biochemistry and genetics of human obesity and diabetes. Critical review of current research on their etiology and treatment. P: Grad St; Nutr Sci 619 or Con Reg & Physiol 335 or equivalent or Cons instr.
626 Experimental Diet Design (Crosslisted with Animal Sci 626) I; 1 cr. Discuss nutrient requirements, composition of ingredients used to meet requirements and the mathematical steps involved in diet formulation with emphasis on research animals and human subjects. P: Grad St; Stats 301 or equivalent & Nutr Sci/Biochem 510 or Con Reg or Cons Instr.
627 Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins Alt yrs; I; 1 cr. Scientific knowledge of the metabolic functions, metabolism and nutritional requirements of some of the water-soluble vitamins and all of the fat-soluble vitamins. P: Grad St; Nutr Sci/Biochem 510 & Physiol 335 or equivalent or Con Reg or Cons Instr.
Specialized Core Courses: Population Health Sciences 650 I, II, 1-6 credits, Special topics. Topics are selected from, but not limited to: History and Effectiveness of Programs Aimed at Non-Elderly Poor, Leadership in Medicine and Public Health, Introduction to Using SAS in Population Health, Introduction to Type 2 Translational Research, Prevention of Overweight and Obesity, MPH Culminating Experience, Principles of Environmental Health for Public Health Practices, Public Health Human Rights, Advanced Seminar in Health & Medical Health Econ, Introduction to Life Course Epi. & Family HSR.
Pharmacy Practice/Nutr Sci 672 II, 3 credits, Herbals, Homeopathy and Dietary Supplements. Lecture and discussion of regulations and clinical science regarding the use of herbals, nutritional supplements, and homeopathic remedies, focusing on peer-reviewed studies and integration with allopathic drugs, and including discussion of regulatory and marketing issues.
Nutr Sci 875 I, 1 credit, Special Topics in Nutrition. Topics vary each semester.
Animal Sciences 505 II alternate yr, 2 credits, Rumen Microbiology. Analysis of rumen ecosystem in terms of kinds of microbes, their activities and requirements and their interactions in a dynamic system. Emphasis on physiological and biochemical perspectives.
Animal Sciences 875 I, 2 credits, The Plant Cell Wall and Fiber in Animal and Human Nutrition. This course provides an overview of the role of the plant cell wall and fiber in animal and human nutrition and covers the topics: biochemistry of the plant cell wall and fiber, methods of analysis, the cell wall and fiber in forages and food, nutritional effects of fiber.
Genetics 466 I, II, SS, 3 credits, General Genetics. Genetics in eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Includes Mendelian genetics, mapping, molecular genetics, genetic engineering, cytogenetics, quantitative genetics, and population genetics. Illustrative material includes viruses, bacteria, plants, fungi, insects, and humans. P: Algebra, 1 yr chem & 1 yr biology or cons inst.
Genetics 565 I, 3 credits, Human Genetics. Principles, problems, and methods of human genetics. Surveys aspects of medical genetics, biochemical genetics, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, quantitative genetics, and variation as applied to humans. P: Genet 466 or equiv or cons inst.
Kinesiology 774 II, 2 credits, Metabolic Responses to Exercise and Environmental Stress. Examination of the metabolic and biochemical responses to acute and chronic exercise and environmental stress. Emphasis placed on the mechanisms underlying these responses. P: Physiol 720 or cons inst.
Seminar Courses: 600 Introductory Seminar in Nutrition I; 1 cr. Presentation of reports from current journals of nutritional sciences. P:Grad St; Nutri Sci/Biochem 510 & Physiol 335 or equiv or Cons Reg or cons Inst.
881 Seminar Topics in Human and Clinical Nutrition II; 1 cr. Varied topics in clinical and human nutrition. Prereq: Nutr Sci 600.
901 Biochem – Seminar in Nutrition and Metabolism I; 1 cr. Varied topics in biochemical and molecular nutrition.
931 Animal Sciences/Dairy Sciences – Seminar in Animal Nutrition II; 1 cr. Varied topics in animal nutrition.
931 Seminar Nutrition I, II; 1 cr. Prereq: Cons inst. This interdisciplinary course complements the more focused Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) emphasis group seminars and other IGPNS courses with expert presentations of current research methods and data and issue-based applications. NS 931 speakers address topics that represent the breadth of nutrition, a field that investigates complex problems from molecules to communities.
991 Research Nutrition I, II, SS; 1-12 cr. Prereq: Cons inst.
Other Courses: 799 Practicum in Nutritional Sciences Teaching I, II; 1-3 cr. Instructional orientation to teaching at the higher education level in the agricultural and life sciences, direct teaching experience under faculty supervision, experience in testing and evaluation of students, and the analysis of teaching performance. Prereq: Grad standing and Cons Inst.
993 Independent Study in Nutrition I, II; 1-12 cr. Prereq: Cons Inst.

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