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Nutrition Minor

Food Science & Nutrition
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Contact Information
Department of Food Science and Nutrition, 225 Food Science and Nutrition Building, 1334 Eckles Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108 (612-624-6753; fax: 612-625-5272)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 13
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Nutrition is the study of how nutrients, both essential and nonessential, affect health and all life processes. Consequently, nutrition is an extremely broad field that encompasses physiology, biochemistry, education, public health, and public policy. The nutrition graduate program is interdisciplinary. Advisers and financial support may come from any of the departments or schools in which nutrition graduate faculty reside, including the Department of Food Science and Nutrition (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences); Division of Epidemiology (School of Public Health); Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Lab Medicine and Pathology, and Family Medicine and Community Health (Medical School); Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (College of Education and Human Development); Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Minnesota Duluth); University of Minnesota Extension; Hormel Institute (Austin, Minn.); V.A. Medical Center and Park Nicollet Institute (Minneapolis, Minn.).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Coursework
Take the following two courses for the master's minor in Nutrition.
NUTR 5625 - Nutritional Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
NUTR 5626 - Nutritional Physiology (3.0 cr)
Doctoral
Coursework
Take at least 13 credits from the following list of courses. NUTR 8620 and 8611 are available to students after completing two semesters in the minor. Consult with the Nutrition Director of Graduate Studies.
NUTR 5624 - Nutrition and Genetics (2.0 cr)
NUTR 5625 - Nutritional Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
NUTR 5626 - Nutritional Physiology (3.0 cr)
NUTR 5622 - Vitamin and Mineral Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
NUTR 8620 - Advances in Nutrition (2.0 cr)
NUTR 8611 - The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Causation and Prevention (2.0 cr)
 
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NUTR 5625 - Nutritional Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of biochemical molecules and pathways important in nutritional events. prereq: BIOC 3021 or instr consent
NUTR 5626 - Nutritional Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Whole body macronutrient metabolism as it relates to etiology of metabolic diseases. Signaling between tissues to control homeostasis. How dysregulation of crosstalk can lead to metabolic diseases. How diet, exercise, or starvation impact metabolism. Regulation of food intake and energy expenditure. Designing/analyzing/interpreting research data. prereq: NUTR 5625
NUTR 5624 - Nutrition and Genetics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of gene-diet interactions and relevant technologies used to study such interactions. Nutrigenomics, epigenetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics. Examples of gene-diet interactions, implications. Current issues. prereq: Biochemistry
NUTR 5625 - Nutritional Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of biochemical molecules and pathways important in nutritional events. prereq: BIOC 3021 or instr consent
NUTR 5626 - Nutritional Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Whole body macronutrient metabolism as it relates to etiology of metabolic diseases. Signaling between tissues to control homeostasis. How dysregulation of crosstalk can lead to metabolic diseases. How diet, exercise, or starvation impact metabolism. Regulation of food intake and energy expenditure. Designing/analyzing/interpreting research data. prereq: NUTR 5625
NUTR 5622 - Vitamin and Mineral Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Nutritional, biochemical, and physiological aspects of vitamins and essential minerals in human and experimental-animal models. prereq: BioC 3021, Phsl 3051, FSCN 4612
NUTR 8620 - Advances in Nutrition
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Recent research or special topics (e.g., obesity, vitamin biochemistry, nutrition education). prereq: M.S. or Ph.D. student, two semesters in the nutrition program
NUTR 8611 - The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Causation and Prevention
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: FScN 1112 (Principles of Nutrition), FScN 4612 (Advanced Human Nutrition), NUTR 5626 (Nutritional Physiology), Toxicology, Advanced Biology/Biochemistry/Genetics/Molecular Biology
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This is a lecture and seminar based course that covers issues in nutrition and cancer, with an emphasis on the role of nutritional factors in the etiology and prevention of cancer and how nutrition research is translated into dietary recommendations for cancer prevention. During the seminars, students will discuss current epidemiological, clinical and laboratory evidences on modulation of cancer risk by dietary factors. prereq: FScN 1112 (Principles of Nutrition), FScN 4612 (Advanced Human Nutrition), NUTR 5626 (Nutritional Physiology), Toxicology, Advanced Biology/Biochemistry/Genetics/Molecular Biology