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
|Nutritional Science, MS
For more information, contact the SAGE Scholars Program Coordinator Xi Feng.
- Be enrolled in or have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (100W/GWAR) prior to admission into the SAGE Scholars program;
- 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;
- Completed NUFS 106A and NUFS 100W with grades of “C” or better;
- 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,
- Completed all lower-division work (designated 1-99, including lower-division general education courses and American Institutions courses).
- Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:
- Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher with no individual grade below a C.
- 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.
- 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)
Food Management Concentration (23 units)
Major Electives (8 units)
Complete eight units from (or by advisement):
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 104A , 111 , 113 , 114A , and 190 in the Nutritional Science, Food Management 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.