Food Science & Human Nutrition: Food Science, PhD
Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science and Human Nutrition: Food Science Concentration
department head: Nicki Engeseth
associate head of graduate programs: Michael Miller
overview of admissions & requirements: https://fshn.illinois.edu/graduate/apply
overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply
department website: https://fshn.illinois.edu/
program website: https://fshn.illinois.edu/graduate/food-science
department faculty: https://fshn.illinois.edu/directory/faculty/
college website: https://aces.illinois.edu/
address: 260 Bevier Hall, 905 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
phone: (217) 244-4498
For the Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science and Human Nutrition, students are required to select a concentration:
Graduate Degree Programs in Food Science & Human Nutrition
Food Science & Human Nutrition, MS (on campus & online)
Joint Degree Program:
In addition to receiving training in the general field of food science or human nutrition, students have the opportunity to conduct research in the following areas of specialization:
Food processing, engineering, and biotechnology
Food ingredients, properties, and interactions
Food microstructures, micro-carriers, and nanotechnology
Food microbiology and biomass conversion
Food safety and security
Dietary quality and food and nutrition patterns for optimal health
Nutrition and disease interactions, including cancer, metabolic disorders, and gastrointestinal health
Nutrition across the life span
Biochemical and molecular nutrition
For additional information go to fshn.illinois.edu/graduate.
The PSM involves rigorous scientific training in the area of food science and/or human nutrition; additionally, instruction is provided in applied business knowledge and skills. This program is designed for those who seek careers in a science-based setting with significant managerial and leadership responsibilities. For additional information go to psm.illinois.edu/prospectivestudents/programs/foodscience.htm.
In addition to meeting the Graduate College admission requirements, a student planning to pursue a graduate degree in the department should have a baccalaureate degree in a recognized field of biological, physical, agricultural, or engineering science. Background deficiencies may be removed with graduate credit courses designed for this purpose. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants, and those whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. Minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores can be found at grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c. Students can be admitted to start in fall, spring, or summer semesters except for the PSM concentration, which admits fall semester only. For information on the role faculty have in the admissions process go to fshn.illinois.edu/graduate/applying.
Internship in Dietetics
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition offers a dietetic internship for master's and doctoral students specializing in human nutrition. Completion of the degree and the internship qualifies the student to take the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. For information on our dietetic internship program please contact Ms. Jessica Madson (email@example.com).
A non-thesis Master of Science in Food Science program is offered via live, synchronous online sessions using distance education technology. The program ensures the same degree of excellence, and courses are instructed by the same faculty, as the on-campus non-thesis program. Courses are typically offered in the evening. For requirements and additional information, please contact Dr. Dawn Bohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Teaching Experience
Teaching is neither a Graduate College nor a FSHN requirement. A limited number of teaching assistantships are available to FSHN graduate students. Students are selected to be Graduate Teaching Assistants by the Department Head in consultation with the course instructor.
Illinois PSM students may not hold assistantships or other tuition and fee waiver-generating appointments; statutory waivers and tuition scholarships are accepted. Financial aid for non-PSM graduate students is available in the form of fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, and tuition and partial fee waivers. Qualified candidates are considered for financial support upon application. Additional information on financial aid for graduate students can be found at fshn.illinois.edu/graduate/financial-assistance.
Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science and Human Nutrition, Food Science Concentration
If a candidate has a master's degree in a related area, a minimum of 64 graduate hours, including up to 38 graduate hours of thesis research, must be completed. In consultation with the adviser and advisory committee, the remainder of the 64 graduate hours required for the degree consists of courses selected from inside or outside the department that are appropriate for training in the student's field of specialization. Upon completion of all necessary formal courses and special options, the student is required to take an oral preliminary examination. After passage of the preliminary examination, the student's activities are primarily devoted to thesis research. Upon submission of the dissertation, the candidate is required to pass a final oral examination before a graduate faculty committee.
Undergraduate training must include statistics (ACE 261, CPSC 241, ECON 202, MATH 161, PSYC 235, SOC 280, or STAT 100), nutrition (equivalent to FSHN 220), and systemic physiology (equivalent to MCB 246). These undergraduate courses are not required for admission, but must be completed early in the graduate program and do not count toward concentration requirements. M.S. degrees require at least 12 hours of 500-level course work (including thesis research), and at least 8 of these 12 hours must be in the major field for graduation.
Additional courses may be required beyond the concentration minimum, per Advisory Committee recommendations, depending upon student/advisor learning objectives. A student whose prior education includes course work with identical or similar content to those specified above will be guided by their advisor and Advisory Committee regarding the selection of additional course work needed to meet the minimum hours of the HN concentration.
Students are encouraged to take new courses, rather than retake required courses they have already taken. If you have already taken a required course at the University of Illinois, it is highly recommended that you do not retake it. No petition is required. If you have taken a very similar course at another university, you are strongly encouraged to petition for acceptance of that course in lieu of the required course. Courses should be selected to expand and strengthen your knowledge in core and related disciplines, and/or to increase your research capabilities. Retaking a course does not meet that objective. For additional advice on this topic, contact your advisor and faculty advisory committee.
Students are required to enroll in another seminar course if they have a conflict that precludes their enrollment in FSHN 597 or NUTR 500. The seminar course may be offered by another department.
Course selection is flexible beyond this list if decided in consultation with advisor/advisory committee.
Entering with approved M.S./M.A. degree
|Concentration-specific coursework selected in consultation with advisor||26|
|FSHN 599||Thesis Research (max applied toward degree)||0 to 16|
|Total Hours in residence||64|
Entering with approved B.S./B.A. degree
|Concentration-specific coursework selected in consultation with advisor||26|
|FSHN 599||Thesis Research (max applied toward degree)||70|
|Other requirements may overlap|
|Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit:||8|
|Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall||12|
|Additional courses may be required beyond the concentration minimum per Advisory Committee recommendation|
|Qualifying Exam Required||Yes|
|Preliminary Exam Required||Yes|
|Final Exam/Thesis Defense Required||Yes|
|Dissertation Deposit Required||Yes|
|Total Hours for Concentration in Food Science||26-27|
|FSHN 481||Food Processing Unit Operations I||2|
|FSHN 483||Food Processing Unit Operations II||2|
|FSHN 514||Advanced Food Chemistry||3|
|FSHN 573||Advanced Food Microbiology||3|
|FSHN 593||Seminar in Foods and Nutrition||2|
|FSHN 595||Advanced Topics in Food Science and Human Nutrition (Section: Nutrition for Food Scientists)||4|
|FSHN 597||Graduate Seminar||0-1|
|or NUTR 500||Nutritional Sciences Seminar|
Food Processing and Engineering
|ABE 498||Special Topics (Section: Engineering Application of Nano-scale Biology)||1 to 4|
|FSHN 460||Food Processing Engineering||3|
|FSHN 482||Food Processing Unit Operations I Lab||1|
|FSHN 484||Food Processing Unit Operations II Lab||1|
|FSHN 595||Advanced Topics in Food Science and Human Nutrition (Section: Advanced Food Processing)||1 to 4|
|FSHN 416||Food Chemistry Laboratory||3|
|FSHN 517||Fermented &Distilled Beverages||2|
|FSHN 518||Chemistry of Lipids in Foods||3|
|FSHN 519||Flavor Chemistry and Analysis||4|
|FSHN 595||Advanced Topics in Food Science and Human Nutrition (Section: Transport in Food Biopolymers)||1 to 4|
|FSHN 595||Advanced Topics in Food Science and Human Nutrition (Section: Water Relations in Foods)||1 to 4|
|FSHN 574||Value Added Biotransformation||3|
|FSHN 595||Advanced Topics in Food Science and Human Nutrition (Section: Food Safety for Global Food Security)||1 to 4|
Others (of interest to many)
|FSHN 424||Biopsychology of Ingestive Behavior||3|
|FSHN 440||Applied Statistical Methods I||4|
|FSHN 502||Advanced Sensory Science||3|
|FSHN 592||Graduate Internship Experience||2|
|FSHN 598||Advanced Special Problems 1||1-8|
|or NUTR 593||Individual Topics in Nutrition|
|CPSC 541||Regression Analysis||4|
|NUTR 550||Grantsmanship and Ethics||3|
Up to 2 hours for thesis degrees.