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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Nutritional Sciences (NUTR)


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This program is offered in Durham.

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences (MCBS) offers the master of science degree in nutritional science, and in conjunction with animal science faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, a Ph.D. in animal and nutritional sciences. MCBS also offers a postgraduate internship in dietetics. 

Information on these programs is described below and at the website listed above. Please view as well, the course listings for animal sciences (ANSC) and molecular, cellular, and biological sciences (MCBS).

Degree Programs Offered: M.S., Ph.D.

The graduate program includes the M.S. degree in nutritional science and Ph.D. degree in animal and nutritional sciences. Areas of research specialization include human nutrition, mammalian physiology and pathology, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, and reproduction and endocrinology. Research activities utilize human, animal, and cell culture systems to investigate nutrient metabolism and a molecular-level understanding of life processes and diseases.

Dietetic Internship Program

In addition to degree-granting programs, the UNH Nutrition Program offers an American Dietetic Association-approved dietetic internship program. The emphasis of the internship is on "Health Promotion and Disease Prevention." In addition to more than 1,200 hours of practicum work, students earn 12 graduate-level credits as part of the internship. These credits may be applied to a master's degree if the candidate is accepted into the graduate program at UNH.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the M.S. or Ph.D. program will be expected to present recent scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and possess a background in basic sciences appropriate for advanced study in the proposed area of specialization (for example, courses in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics). Although not required for candidacy in the Ph.D. program, an M.S. degree is suggested for most students. The student's committee may require certain undergraduate courses as part of the graduate program if additional competencies would be beneficial to the student. Students interested in preparing themselves for admittance to a dietetic internship while pursuing the graduate degree should contact Clinical Associate Professor Ruth Reilly in advance of applying at (603) 862-2164, in order to determine the best course of action. 

Degree Requirements


M.S. in Nutritional Sciences

In this program students become actively engaged in a research project related to the nutritional sciences and gain a comprehensive understanding of nutritional science through their coursework. Emphasis is placed on active participation in original hypothesis-driven research of publishable quality. The program is for students who anticipate a professional career involving research or discovery, with a strong background in the basic biology and chemistry of nutrition. This degree may be most appropriate for students who expect to pursue further advanced study, e.g., additional graduate studies or professional school, after graduation.

The program of study must include a minimum of 30 graduate credits as well as completion of a 6 credit Master's Thesis based on a research project (NUTR 899). No more than 4 credits of investigations (NUTR 995) can apply toward the total credit count. Each candidate must present at least two seminars (exclusive of the thesis defense) and must serve as a teaching assistant for at least one semester. A thesis committee will be appointed early in the program and will consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty; one of these will be the primary mentor. Students will design a program of study in close consultation with their thesis committee, including their academic courses and scientific research project. Candidates will be required to pass an oral examination based on their graduate courses and completed thesis. Skills in communicating scientific information will be fostered by presenting one seminar during each year of enrollment. This requirement could include the master's thesis defense seminar.


Ph.D. in Animal and Nutritional Sciences

Coursework for the Ph.D. in animal and nutritional science is determined by the student's committee.

Students must complete a dissertation based on original hypothesis-driven research of publishable quality. A public presentation of the dissertation research findings will be followed by a final examination, which will be primarily an oral defense of the dissertation. The candidate will be required to serve as a teaching assistant for a minimum of two semesters or to teach a course for one semester. Aptitude in scientific communication will be developed by presentation of one seminar during each year of enrollment, not including the dissertation defense.

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For a complete listing of courses, check animal science and nutritional science. All graduate students are required to take MCBS 997, Seminar.

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