Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

The multidisciplinary Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences provides opportunity for advanced study leading to the M.S. in Nutritional Sciences and Ph.D. degrees. The aim of the program is to develop nutritional scientists who are able to function in a variety of sophisticated academic, industrial and professional settings. Educational opportunities exist in agricultural, biological, clinical, medical, social and basic nutritional sciences. The program is organized on an interdepartmental and intercollege basis. More than 38 faculty members from various academic units of the university including Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Clinical Sciences, Endocrinology, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nutrition and Food Science, Oral Health Science, Psychiatry, Surgery and Toxicology are involved in the teaching and research activities of the program. The program is diversified and systematic, yet highly flexible. Individualized professional training and extensive research opportunities are available to students.

Program faculty have modern research laboratory facilities for conducting human, animal, and cell culture studies using state-of-the-art molecular biology, trace mineral, vitamin, lipid, amino acid, enzyme, hormone, stable and radioactive isotope, microcirculatory, and energy assessment analysis. Clinical facilities for training and research include the University of Kentucky Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky Medical Center Outpatient Clinics, and the Markey Cancer Center. Clinical research units are present at both the University of Kentucky Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and on-going nutritional studies are performed at both units. All facilities are within walking distance of each other. Nutritional support teams are established at both the University and Veterans Administration Hospitals. Opportunities for community-based research exist locally, throughout the state, and in international settings. Further information may be obtained by writing to the Director of Graduate Studies, Multidisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Nutritional Sciences, 203A Health Sciences Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0003.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. degree program requires:

1. An M.S. Degree with a GPA of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale.

2. A B.S. Degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

3. An average GRE score, on all three sections, greater than the 50th percentile; Writing section greater than 3.0.

4. For international applicants a TOEFL score of 550 or better is required; all applicants must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English communication.

5. Submission of a brief essay (not in excess of 3 pages) describing the long-term career goals of the applicant and how she/he feels the Program in Nutritional Sciences would advance these goals.

6. Three letters of reference.

Admission to the M.S. degree program requires:

1.A baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution of higher learning.

2. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.9 and 3.0 on all graduate work.

3. An average GRE score on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical portions of the Graduate Record Examination greater than the 30th percentile.

4. For international applicants a TOEFL score of 550 or better is required; all applicants must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English communication.

5. Submission of a brief essay (not in excess of 3 pages) describing the long-term career goals of the applicant and how she/he feels the Program in Nutritional Sciences would advance these goals.

6. Three letters of reference.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete the core curriculum. Elective courses to be taken will be recommended by the advisory committee.

I. Ph.D. - Core Curriculum

Nutrition Core Courses Credit Hours

NS/CNU 601 Macronutrient Metabolism 4

NS/ASC 602 Micronutrient Metabolism 4

NS/CNU/NFS 771 Graduate Seminar in Nutritional Sciences 0-1*

NS/CNU/NFS 704 Current Topics in Nutrition 1

*Minimum of 2 hours required

Other Core Courses Credit Hours

STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis 4

BCH 607 General Biochemistry I 3

BCH 608 General Biochemistry II 3

PGY 502 Principles of Physiology 5

Nutrition Selectives Credit Hours

6 hours to be selected from:

NS/ANT/BS/NFS 607 Food-Related Behaviors 3

NS/CNU 701 Nutrition and Chronic Diseases 4

ASC 580 Physiology of Nutrient Digestion and Absorption 3

ASC 681 Energy Metabolism 2

ASC 683 Protein Metabolism 2

NS/CNU 604 Lipid Metabolism 3

Total 30-32

II. M.S. in Nutritional Sciences - Core Curriculum

Plan A (Thesis Option) Credit Hours

NS/CNU 601 Macronutrient Metabolism 4

NS/ASC 602 Micronutrient Metabolism 4

NS/CNU/NFS 704 Current Topics in Nutritional Sciences 1

STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis 4

BSC/ANT/NFS 607 Food-Related Behaviors 3

NS 771 Graduate Seminar in Nutritional Sciences 0-1*

Emphasis Requirements 12

TOTAL MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED

(plus thesis research): 29

Thesis Research: NS/CNU/NFS 790 --- Research in Nutritional Sciences 0-6

*Students are required to register twice for 0 credits, and once for 1 credit.

Plan B (Non-Thesis Option) Credit Hours

NS/CNU 601 Macronutrient Metabolism 4

NS/ASC 602 Micronutrient Metabolism 4

NS/CNU/NFS 704 Current Topics in Nutritional Sciences 1

STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis 4

BSC/ANT/NFS 607 Food Related Behaviors 3

NS 771 Graduate Seminar in Nutritional Sciences 0-1**

NS/CNU/NFS 782 Special Problems 1-6

Emphasis Requirements and Electives 18

TOTAL MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED: 35

**Students are required to register twice for 0 credits

III. M.S. in Nutritional Sciences - Emphasis Area Requirements

Clinical Nutrition Credit Hours

NS/CNU 701 Nutrition and Chronic Diseases 4

NS/CNU 702 Clinical Nutrition Problem Based Case Studies 4

NS/NFS 640 Human Nutrition Assessment 3

Electives Plan A or Plan B 1 or 7

Community Nutrition Credit Hours

NS/NFS 630 Advanced Community Nutrition 3

NS/NFS 640 Human Nutrition Assessment 3

HES 600 Research Methodology in Human Environmental Sciences 3

NFS 516 Maternal and Child Nutrition 3

(or)

NS/NFS 620 Nutrition and Aging 2

Electives Plan B only 6-7

Molecular & Biochemical Nutrition Credit Hours

BCH 607 General Biochemistry I 3

BCH 608 General Biochemistry II 3

PGY 412G Principles of Human Physiology 4

NS/CNU 606 Molecular Biology Applications in Nutrition 2

Electives Plan B only 6

Wellness/Sports Nutrition Credit Hours

NS/CN 605 Wellness and Sports Nutrition 3

NS/NFS 630 Advanced Community Nutrition 3

NS/NFS 640 Human Nutrition Assessment 3

KHP 620 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3

Electives Plan B only 6

GRADUATE COURSES

NS 601 MACRONUTRIENT METABOLISM (SAME AS CNU 601) (4)

NS 602 MICRONUTRIENT METABOLISM (SAME AS ASC 602) (4)

NS 604 LIPID METABOLISM (SAME AS CNU 604) (3)

NS 605 WELLNESS AND SPORTS NUTRITION (SAME AS PT/CNU 605) (3)

NS 606 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY APPLICATIONS IN NUTRITION (SAME AS CNU 606) (2)

NS 607 FOOD RELATED BEHAVIORS (SAME AS NFS/ANT/BSC 607) (3)

NS 608 NUTRITIONAL IMMUNOLOGY (SAME AS CNU 608) (3)

NS 609 ETHICS IN CLINICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH (SAME AS CNU 609) (1)

NS 620 NUTRITION AND AGING (SAME AS NFS 620) (2)

NS 630 ADVANCED COMMUNITY NUTRITION (SAME AS NFS 630) (3)

NS 640 HUMAN NUTRITION: ASSESSMENT (SAME AS NFS 640) (3)

NS 651 TOPICS IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES I (2)

NS 652 TOPICS IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES II (2)

NS 680 LABORATORY METHODS IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES (SAME AS ASC 680) (4)

NS 701 NUTRITION AND CHRONIC DISEASES (SAME AS CNU 701) (4)

NS 702 CLINICAL/WELLNESS PROBLEM-BASED CASE STUDIES (1-3)

NS 704 CURRENT TOPICS IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES (SAME AS CNU/NFS 704) (1)

NS 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (SAME AS NFS 748) (0)

NS 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

NS 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTERS DEGREE (SAME AS NFS 768) (1-6)

NS 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

NS 771 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES (0-1)

NS 782 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (SAME AS CNU/NFS 782) (1-6)

NS 790 RESEARCH IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES (SAME AS CNU/NFS 790) (0-6)

CNU 601 MACRONUTRIENT METABOLISM (SAME AS NS 601) (4)

CNU 604 LIPID METABOLISM (SAME AS NS 604) (3)

CNU 605 WELLNESS AND SPORTS NUTRITION (SAME AS NS/PT 605) (3)

CNU 606 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY APPLICATIONS IN NUTRITION (SAME AS NS 606) (2)

CNU 608 NUTRITIONAL IMMUNOLOGY (SAME AS NS 608) (3)

CNU 609 ETHICS IN CLINICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH (SAME AS NS 609) (1)

CNU 701 NUTRITION AND CHRONIC DISEASES (SAME AS NS 701) (4)

CNU 702 CLINICAL/WELLNESS PROBLEM-BASED CASE STUDIES (1-3)

CNU 704 CURRENT TOPICS IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES (SAME AS NFS/NS 704) (1)

CNU 782 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (SAME AS NFS/NS 782) (1-6)

CNU 790 RESEARCH IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES (SAME AS NFS/NS 790) (0-6)

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