Mar 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Nutritional Science, Applied Nutrition and Food Sciences Concentration, BS + Nutritional Science MS

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The Nutritional Science Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program is designed to meet the needs of the student who is working towards a baccalaureate degree and seeks advanced preparation in nutrition science, nutrition education, geriatric nutrition, and foodservice/restaurant management. The program is intended to prepare candidates to assume leadership roles in their profession and communities and to provide the opportunity to acquire a foundation for doctoral study.

Our Nutritional Science MS graduates have earned doctorates, become college and university faculty, been employed in private, federal, and state research institutions, and have established their own private practice or consulting business. 

The Nutritional Science SAGE Program enables qualified students in the Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science program to simultaneously complete the requirements for both the baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Students can progress from undergraduate to graduate status seamlessly, with a simplified application process and no application fee, and complete both degrees in a year’s less time as compared to completing them separately. This will provide significant cost savings to the student.

Summary of Degree Units

Nutritional Science, Applied Nutrition and Food Sciences Concentration, BS 120
Nutritional Science, MS   21
Total 141

For more information, contact the SAGE Scholars Program Coordinator​ Xi Feng.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Be enrolled in or have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (100W/GWAR)  prior to admission into the SAGE Scholars program);
  2. Successfully completed a minimum of 60 Nutritional Science BS applicable units and not more than 120 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of admission in the program;
  3. Completed NUFS 106A  and NUFS 100W  with grades of “C” or better;
  4. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at time of admission. GPA is calculated by the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units taken or a student’s cumulative GPA, whichever is higher; and, 
  5. Completed all lower-division work (designated 1-99, including lower-division general education courses and American Institutions courses).

Academic Standing

  • Students may apply for the master’s program at that point like any other non-SAGE Scholars applicant, which would require achieving the department minimum for the general GRE.
  • Students are converted to graduate status when they have completed 120 SAGE program-applicable units. The following University Requirements are satisfied with required courses in the major: GE Area B and SJSU Studies Area S. Alternate courses that may satisfy these requirements are not counted in the calculation of the 120 SAGE program-applicable units unless they are listed in the University Electives section of the major.

Program Requirements (141 units)

Nutritional Science, Applied Nutrition and Food Sciences Concentration (120 units)

University Requirements (32 units)

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

  • Core Lower Division General Education (21 units)
    Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with a major advisor for details.
  • Upper Division General Education (3 units)
    Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with a major advisor for details.
  • American Institutions (6 units)
    Complete one 6 unit sequence of American Institutions (US123)  courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.
  • Physical Education  (2 units)
  • To satisfy the College’s International Experience requirement, students participate in an international experience. Alternatives to the requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. Specific details can be found on the college’s website. (0-3 units)

Major Preparation (24 units)

Complete one course:

Major Requirements (61 units)

University Electives (3 units)

Nutritional Science, MS (21 units)

Culminating Experience (3 units)

Plan B (Project) 

For this plan, the student is required to complete NUFS 298 - Special Studies in Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging and submit a written project in publication format. A bound copy of the project must be submitted to the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Department and to the student’s project advisor.

Total Units Required (141 units)

The standalone Nutritional Science, MS  program requires 9 units of courses in a Specialization Area. Students satisfy this requirement in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing 9 units from NUFS 114A , 117 , 118 , 122 , 123 , 124 , 150 , and 190  in the Nutritional Science, Applied Nutrition Concentration BS program. These 9 credits are considered to count toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees, thus allowing SAGE students to meet the minimum unit requirements for both degrees.

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