University of Vermont

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Nutrition and Food Sciences (Master of Science)


The department mission is to study the relationship between nutrition, food science, health and fitness (preventive nutrition) and between diet and disease (therapeutic nutrition). Faculty research encompasses both basic and applied or community aspects of human nutrition and food science and technology. Research is being conducted on: the impact of attitudes and behaviors toward eating and exercise on body weight and composition, web-based interactive multimedia tools for use in teaching and research, behavior modification programs to improve individual eating behaviors and testing the effectiveness of Internet support on the long term management of obesity, factors affecting the nutritional status of children, milk chemistry and cheese technology (i.e., structure, function, and properties of mozzarella and goat's milk cheese), chemistry and processing of infant formula, and food microbiology.

For more information, contact Professor Jean Harvey-Berino, Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, 315 Terrill Hall, (802) 656-3374 or e-mail (

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

An undergraduate major in nutrition, dietetics, food science, or a science-related field. An undergraduate course in biochemistry. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination, general (aptitude) portion.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science

Thirty hours including six to fifteen hours of thesis research. Twenty-one hours should be earned in the field of specialization; nine hours may be selected from related areas; courses is statistics, Research Methods in Nutrition and Food Sciences, and Nutrition and Food Sciences Seminar are required.