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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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Nutritional Science, Food Management 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 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 SJSU GPA at time of admission. GPA is calculated by the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units taken or a student’s SJSU 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).

Graduate Standing Requirements

Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:

  1. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 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. 
  2. Students may apply for the master’s program at that point like any other non-SAGE Scholars applicant.
  3. 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.

Program Requirements (141 units)

Nutritional Science, Food Management Concentration (120 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 ).

University Requirements (35 units)

The Lower and Upper Division General Education  requirements may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. To satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) , students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and NUFS 100W  or PH 100W  with a grade of “C” or better (“C-” not accepted).  

Major Preparation (17 units)

Major Requirements (68 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 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.

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