Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5100. Concepts of Nutrition

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

An introduction to the broad field of nutrition. Intended for entering graduate students, the course provides a conceptual framework for research and study in the nutritional sciences.

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5200. Macronutrient Metabolism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MCB 5001. Not open for credit to students who have passed NUSC 6311.

Grading Basis: Graded

The digestion, absorption/transport and metabolism of carbohydrates, protein/amino acids and lipids; their functions, metabolic pathways and interrelationships; mechanisms regulating their metabolism; methodologies for studying metabolism and assessing nutrient requirements in man and animals.

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5300. Vitamins and Minerals

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MCB 5001 (RG462).

Grading Basis: Graded

Comprehensive study of vitamins, trace elements, and selected macrominerals, including biochemical function(s), metabolic pathways, interactions, and toxicities.

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5390. Field Work on Community Nutrition

1.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Supervised field studies of community nutrition problems and visits with community agencies and families. Readings, conferences and reports required.

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5394. Seminar

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: NUSC 5100 (RG464).

Grading Basis: Graded

Students develop the skills required for the analysis and presentation of current literature and research problems.

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5398. Special Topics in Nutrition

1.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced study in a given area of nutritional science.

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5399. Independent Study in Nutritional Science

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Research problems or critical review of literature in any area of nutrition.

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5400. Molecular Techniques and Instrument Analysis in Nutrition

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MCB 2000 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provide hands-on experience performing basic molecular nutrition techniques and cover theoretical bases and application.

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5500. Food Colloids and Nanotechnology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: NUSC 5200

Grading Basis: Graded

Comprehensive study on properties and structures of food colloids, including lipids, proteins and carbohydrates, from nanotechnology perspective. Development of food colloids-based nanoscale systems for applications in the context of food and nutrition.

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6311. Regulation of Food Intake and Energy Balance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NUSC 5200

Grading Basis: Graded

Central and peripheral regulation of energy balance and how this affects body weight and risk for chronic disease. Relative contribution of genetic and metabolic factors, diet, and exercise on the pathophysiology of obesity.

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6313. Nutrition and Gene Expression

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MCB 5001 (RG462).

Grading Basis: Graded

Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression by specific nutrients, hormones, and metabolites. Transcriptional, post-transcriptional, and translational mechanisms.

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6315. Lipid Metabolism in Health and Disease

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Comprehensive study of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism. Influence of diet, drugs, exercise and obesity. Overview of relationship between genetics, lifestyle factors and chronic disease.

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6317. Nutritional Epidemiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and applications of nutritional epidemiology with emphasis on research design.

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6319. Research Design and Methods in Nutritional Sciences

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: NUSC 5200, 5300 and three credits of graduate level statistics (RG 6219)

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic concepts and methodologies of research in public health and nutritional sciences, research proposal writing and in-class presentation.

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