Aug 17, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Nutritional Science, Food Management Concentration, BS + Nutritional Science MS


The Nutritional Science Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program is designed to meet the needs of the student who has 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, Food Management Concentration  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

  1. Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:
  2. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher with no individual grade below a C. 
  3. Students in the first four years of the program who do not maintain these standards will be removed from the SAGE Scholars program and returned to the non-SAGE BS in Nutritional Science program.  In that event, students in the dietetics concentration will be eligible for the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR) credential.
  4. 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.

Program Requirements (141 units)


Nutritional Science, Food Management Concentration (120 units)


University Requirements (35 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 (24 units)
    Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 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 (22 units)


Major Requirements (63 units)


Nutritional Science, MS (21 units)


Specialization Area


Nine (9) units of the following courses are double counted with the undergraduate degree.

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 BS Nutritional Science, Food Management Concentration program requires the completion of NUFS 113, 114A, and 190. The Nutritional Science MS program requires 9 units of courses in a Specialization Area. Students satisfy these courses in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing NUFS 113, 114A, and 190. 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.