Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition

Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition Master of Science (M.S.)

Students in the Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition Area of Study will acquire core competencies in human nutrition; biochemistry, molecular biology, and metabolism; bioinformatics; cell biology; genetics; human health; and skills to prepare them as principal investigators and team leaders (e.g., grant writing, personnel management, media interactions).

Content will be delivered through graduate level research in the laboratories of faculty members and classes taught by faculty in the Departments of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Agronomy, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Statistics, and the Schools of Biological Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Research.


  • Designed for students seeking careers in research, teaching, or further professional degrees in health care.

Application to this program



Degree Requirements

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

  • Minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, consisting of 20 to 24 semester hours of regular courses, and 6 to 10 semester hours of thesis research.
  • Minimum of 15 semester hours, including thesis, must be taken in the student’s major subject (i.e., courses having the prefix NUTR or ASCI). The remaining work may be in supporting courses.
  • If pursuing a minor, then at least 9 semester hours of supporting courses must be taken in a department or interdepartmental area which offers a minor.
  • Minimum of 8 semester hours, in addition to the thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
  • Up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit from other accredited institutions may be accepted at the discretion of the student’s Supervisory Committee. Transfer credits without an undergraduate counterpart may be used to fulfill the 8-hour graduate-level only requirement.
  • One credit hour of NUTR 921 Interdepartmental Nutrition Seminar.
  • Select from other courses offered, with approval of the student’s Supervisory Committee, to complete degree requirements.

Sample Courses