Graduate Course Descriptions


NSC 501 | 1 Unit | Offered: Fall

This course will introduce the concepts of research methods with a focus on the varied research conducted in nutritional sciences. Students will be guided through a comprehensive compendium of the elements of research design in order to understand the application of these elements to Applied Nutritional Science.


NSC 502 | 1 Unit | Offered: Fall

This course will introduce basic statistical concepts and applied statistical strategies that are essential for conducting and critiquing research in nutritional sciences and related fields. The course will be delivered online structured with video lectures, self-check practices, discussion forum, assignments and quizzes. The experiences within the course will provide students the necessary competencies to appropriately summarize data (descriptive statistics) and implement statistical tests (inferential statistics) based upon appreciation of research design and data characteristics. All the analyses will be taught using an established statistical software program IBM SPSS Statistics 20. Some of the simple analyses will also be demonstrated using excel as an alternative.


NSC 503 | 1 Unit | Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): NSC 501 and NSC 502

This course will provide students with practical research scenarios and data sets on which to practice statistical techniques commonly used in nutritional sciences research.


NSC 509 | 3 Units | Offered: Summer I

This class will review the multi-facets of macronutrient metabolism and application to the prevention and development of common chronic diseases. The clinical applications of nutrient deficiencies and toxicities will also be reviewed. Metabolic alterations associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, and other diseases will be discussed. The application of evidence-based guidelines and research for nutritional interventions will be discussed through weekly readings and assignments.


NSC 519 | 3 Units | Offered: Summer II

This course will advance understanding of research design, methods, and implementation, interpretation of research findings, and advances in nutrition science research for selected chronic diseases.


NSC 542 | 3 Units | Offered: Fall

This course focuses on providing medical nutrition therapy for select complex acute and chronic diseases. The course is based on students participating in an in-depth examination and discussion on each  topic using an evidence-based approach and related research. Using an online forum, students will discuss assigned topics applying analytic skills to provide robust discussions. Students will also present their research on an assigned topic.


NSC 445 / 545 | 3 Units | Offered: Fall (7-week, 2nd session)
Prerequisite(s): NSC 170C1 or NSC 101 | PSIO 202

This course explores the theoretical and applied aspects of body composition assessment methods. Students will learn about the limitations and usefulness of laboratory and field methods of assessing body composition in healthy, clinical, and athletic population subgroups. The considerations for application of body composition assessment in growth, development, and aging will be addressed. Students will learn to perform basic anthropometric measures and compute reliability. Students will practice critically evaluating current research related to body composition assessment in a variety of subpopulations.


NSC 561 | 1 Unit | Offered: Spring

Students will gain the ability to craft effective scientific presentations, abstracts, manuscripts, and proposals; practice oral communication in front of an audience; and learn (and practice) the peer review process. Students will complete the course with a fundamental understanding of the elements of effective scientific communication, and how to apply these elements to craft effective nutrition science-focused oral presentations (short oral and posters) (Module 1); abstracts, public health relevance statements, and lay summaries (Module 2); manuscripts and grant proposals (Module 3); and constructive and effective evaluation of peers’ work will be discussed throughout.


NSC 475 / 575 | 3 Units | Offered: Fall, Spring (both the 7-week, 2nd session)
Prerequisite(s): MCB 181R and L | BIOC 460, 462A, or 364 | MATH 110 or higher | NSC 308

Nutrigenomics is the application of genomics to human nutrition. This online course will explore relevant technologies, genetics, and nutrition. Designed by researchers in colleges and centers of excellence, it will be continually updated with the latest information.


NSC 595 | 1 Unit | Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): None

This colloquium offers an opportunity for graduate students to interact closely with research faculty of the Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program in their current research interest areas.  The course is designed to help graduate students appreciate within each research area how the scientific community advances knowledge and understanding of nutrition.  Over the scope of a semester, research within 3 current topic areas will be critically examined; each topic area will be given 4-6 weeks and led by a Nutritional Sciences faculty doing research in that area. Two of the topic areas will change annually to incorporate the diverse research conducted related to nutrition.


NSC 597 | 1 Unit | Offered: Spring

The Capstone Workshop course is designed to help students: identify potential sites for their capstone courses, develop talking points when discussing the capstone with potential sites, obtain the required affiliation requirements with their sie, build knowledge of research requirements through completion of CITI trainings, and further develop presentation and writing skills.


NSC 608 | 3 Units | Offered: Fall
Prerequisite(s): BIOC 462A and BIOC 462B or equivalent undergraduate courses demonstrating knowledge of basic concepts of nutrition and metabolism (e.g. undergraduate NSC408 Nutritional Biology or equivalent)

This in-class course will deliver information related to bioenergetics and metabolism in normal and diseased states. Research data from preclinical and clinical studies clearly indicate that nutrients metabolism plays an important role in determining the development of chronic diseases including obesity and cancer. Given the large percentage of U.S. adults being overweight (~65%) or obese (~33%), and the fact the incidence of chronic diseases (i.e. cancer, diabetes, inflammation) increases with aging, it is important for graduate students to acquire in-depth knowledge of how lifestyle and nutrients contribute to energy balance, and how alterations in metabolic pathways influence the susceptibility to developing chronic diseases.


NSC 610 | 3 Units | Offered: Fall
Prerequisite(s): An understanding of basic biochemistry (BIOC 462 or equivalent) and cell biology (MCB 410 or equivalent) is required for this course. Prior coursework/exposure in signal transduction pathways would be beneficial.

The overall goal of this class is to improve students’ understanding of how diet influences health and chronic disease risk by examining the biochemical and physiological effects of specific dietary components and overall dietary patterns. This course will use current research materials and in-depth examples—or case studies—of how nutrition can impact diabetes, inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. By learning these prevalent examples, students will gain the ability to develop new areas of expertise in response to specific nutrition and disease challenges that they encounter in their careers and/or research. Review articles and primary research papers will be made available on D2L to supplement textbook material and provide examples of real-world applications for lecture content. This course will emphasize current research as it applies to material covered in class.


NSC 624 | 3 Units | Offered: Fall
Prerequsite(s): This course is an upper level graduate course focusing on select vitamins and minerals related to nutritional sciences. It is required for graduate students in nutritional sciences, but also open to graduate/professional students in health, biological, biomedical, physiological, veterinary/animal sciences with the background and interest needed to critically engage in nutritional sciences research literature.

This graduate-level course discusses the properties and metabolism of select vitamins and minerals in various species including the chemistry and biochemistry of how they function in organisms, and how deficiencies may result in pathological symptoms. The emphasis is on understanding the basic properties of the vitamins and minerals and their role in nutrition. The application of this knowledge to clinical nutrition will be discussed. Topics include: chemistry and nomenclature, methods of analysis, absorption, transport and storage, metabolism, functions, deficiencies, and toxicities


NSC 675 | 3 Units | Offered: Fall
Prerequisite(s): An understanding of basic biochemistry (BIOC 462 or equivalent) and cell biology (MCB 410 or equivalent) is required for this course.

By understanding the interaction of nutrients or bioactive food compounds with genes, there exists a great potential to personalize and optimize diet for improved human health at an individual or population level. The focus of this class is the application of Nutrigenomics by understanding how providing or restricting the proper food components affects homeostasis in the body at the biochemical and organ systems levels. The ability for nutritionists and healthcare professionals to create an optimal diet requires an understanding of how interactions between nutrients and genes, proteins and metabolic pathways regulate disease pathways. Student obtaining contemporary nutrition training must understand genetic interactions as well as current techniques, mechanisms and data analysis used in modern science and clinical practices.


NSC 698A | 3 Units | Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Consists of 135 hours of practical professional training with a sponsoring agency/facility. Students will conduct a needs assessment and propose a topic for final project to be completed in NSC 698B. Students will write a progress report which will be presented to the class.


NSC 698B | 3 Units | Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Consists of 135 hours of practical professional training with a sponsoring agency/facility that culminates the Professional Science Master's program and produces a final project. Students will develop a final report on the project objectives, methods, and outcomes. The project will be presented to the class in a presentation form, and a poster will also be produced.