Fruits, Vegetables, Grains and Protein

Overview:

The Accelerated Nutrition and Food Sciences Master’s degree program (ANFSMS) is designed to offer UVM Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS) or Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Sciences (DNFS) students an opportunity to earn both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences in five years.

This will be a 30 credit MS degree with 9 credits toward the MS earned during the senior year (six of which will also count toward the BS).  The remaining 21 credits will be taken in the 5th year of study.  Full-time graduate student status will begin the summer after undergraduate graduation and be maintained until completion of the MS in NFS. 

The program is designed as a stepping stone to pursuit of clinical or community practice opportunities in nutrition and dietetics or professional opportunities in the food industry.

Requirements for Admission:

Students apply for admission to the Nutrition and Food Sciences AMP program during the regular application cycle.  Admission is restricted to students that are either entering the spring term of their junior year and no later than the start of the fall semester of their senior year.

Admission to the accelerated program requires the following:

  1. A declared major in NFS or DNFS.
  2. A minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA is required; a GPA of 3.3 or higher is preferred.
  3. Completion of a college-level statistics course.
  4. Completion of the Graduate College application form and three letters of recommendation.
  5. A letter of support from a faculty member who is willing to serve as primary mentor during enrollment in the ANFSMS program. This may serve as the 3rd letter of recommendation.
  6. Completion of the UVM Accelerated Master's Degree Permission Form (attached to the online application)
  7. Finalists will be interviewed.  

 

Important Course Information:

Students in accelerated MS program have the option of taking courses for graduate credit before all requirements for the BS/BA degree have been satisfied.  However, these courses can only be double-counted if taken the semester following admittance to the ANFSMS (Students must be admitted through the Graduate College before taking any courses that will be applied toward the master’s degree requirements). A maximum of 6 credit hours may be counted for both the BS and MS degrees and courses are limited to those approved for graduate credit.  You will be asked to list two of these courses on the UVM Accelerated Master’s Degree Permission Form.

Courses approved for graduate credit are found here: Graduate Approved Courses

The courses listed as approved for gradaute credit are subject to change.  Graduate Research Credits cannnot be counted toward the 6 credits.

**Students taking a 200 level course approved for graduate credit as part of the ANFSMS program must notify the faculty member of the course that they are taking the course at the graduate level before the course begins. That notification must be copied to gradcoll@uvm.edu.

 

 

Program Curriculum:

Program Requirements:

  • Students must complete 30 credits
  • Students must complete a 3-6 credit final project under the direction of their graduate faculty mentor. 
  • Nine credits taken during the senior year can be transferred in to the MS degree. However, only 6 of these credits can be counted for the NFS/DNFS undergraduate degree.
  • This is a non-thesis track MS degree

Course requirements:

  • Stat 211:  Statistical Methods 1 (3 cr)
  • NFS 360:  Research Methods  (3 cr)
  • NFS 350: Seminar (2 cr)
  • Remaining elective courses should be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and must be approved for graduate credit. 

Comprehensive Examination:

  • AMP candidates will present a seminar before the end of the first semester of the MS degree program.
  • This seminar will focus on a literature review of a topic to be determined by the student and their faculty advisor.
  • The candidate will be expected to provide an abstract of the seminar and a link to one pertinent online article related to the seminar topic.
  • The abstract (electronic version) and link to a pertinent article must be submitted to the course instructor no later than one week prior to the seminar date.
  • The course instructor will distribute the abstract and link to the NFS faculty and students.
  • Within two weeks following the seminar date, the candidate will meet with his/her advisor and the AMP MS graduate committee to discuss the student’s performance with the seminar and provide feedback. This seminar and the committee meeting that follows will constitute the student’s M.S. Comprehensive Examination.

DNFS to ANFSMS 5-Year Academic Plan:

This Academic Plan is for UVM DNFS major students that plan on applying for the ANFSMS program.

First Year

Fall   Spring  
Chem 023: Outline of General Chemistry 4 credits Chem 042: Intro to Organic Chemistry 4 credits
NFS 043: Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 credits NFS 053: Basic Concepts of Foods 3 credits
NFS 044: Survey of the Field 1credit NFS 054: Basic Concepts of Foods Lab 1 credit
English 001: Written Expression 3 credits PSYC 001: General Psychology 3 credits
CALS 001: Foundations: Comm Methods 3 credits CALS 002: Foundations: Info Tech 3 credits
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 14

 

Second Year

Fall   Spring  
ANPS 019: Anatomy & Physiology 4 credits ANPS 020: Anatomy & Physiology 4 credits
STAT 111: Elements of Statistics 3 credits NFS 034: ServSafe Certification Course 1 credit
HUM: Choose Diversity Option 3 credits NFS 073: Farm to Table 3 credits
NFS 143: Nutrition in the Life Cycle 3 credits BSAD 009, BSAD 060 or CDAE 158 3 credits
SOC 001: Intro to Sociology or Diversity Option 3 credits Electives 3 credits
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 14

 

Third Year

Fall   Spring Apply for Admission
to Accelerated MS
by Feb 1 of this semester
NFS 183/PBIO 185:Survey of Biochemistry 3 credits     NFS 243:Advanced Nutrition 3 credits
NFS 187/PBIO 187:Survey of Biochemistry Lab 1 credit NFS 244: Nutrition in Health & Prevention 3 credits
BSAD 120: Prin Mgt & Org Behavior 3 credits NFS 250: Food Service Systems Management 4 credits
HUM: Choose Diversity Option 3 credits HLTH 003: Medical Terminology 2 credits
    NFS 274: Practicum 1 credit
Elevtives 6 credits Electives 3 credits
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16

 

Fourth Year

Fall   Spring  
NFS 203: Food Microbiology 4 credits NFS 262: Community Nutrition 3 credits
NFS 223: Nutrition Ed & Counseling 3 credits BIOC 263: Nutritional BioChem 3 credits
NFS 260: Diet & Disease 3 credits STAT 211** 3 credits
200 level course approved for graduate credit or 300 level course selected according to student's interest* 3 credits       200 level course approved for graduate credit or 300 level course selected according to student's interest* 3 credits      
    NFS 274: Practicum 1 credit
NFS 295: DNFS Senior Seminar 1 credit Electives 3 credits
Electives 3 credits    
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 16

*May be counted as the part of the six credits that count for both the DNFS BS and ANFSMS degree.

**To be transferred to the ANFSMS degree, does not count for the DNFS BS degree.

 

Fifth Year: Graduate Program ANFSMS

Fall   Spring  
NFS 360: Research Methods 3 credits      NFS 350: NFS Graduate Seminar 1 credit
NFS 350: NFS Graduate Seminar                             1 credit NFS XXX*: Final Project 3 credits   
NFS XXX*: Final Project 3 credits    
200 level course approved for graduate

credit or 300 level course selected according to

student's interest
4 credits 200 level course approved for graduate

credit or 300 level course selected according to

student's interest
6 credits
Total Credits 11 Total Credits 10

Total of 21 credits to complete the ANFSMS Degree

* Students must complete a 3-6 credit final project under the direction of their graduate faculty mentor.

 

Prerequisite sequence: 
CHEM 23→CHEM 42→PBIO 185→NFS 243; NFS 243→NFS 260 , 263. 

Suggested sequence: take NFS 244 prior to NFS 260.

ENG 001 or ENG 0XX first year is recommended. 

Any two Humanities/Fine Arts Courses can be taken (suggest choosing University Approved Diversity course for at least one Humanities option to increase the number of electives the student has available).

The Diversity courses Anthropology 021 will fulfill the Social Science requirement.

Diversity Requirement: 
All undergraduates must successfully complete one three-credit course from Category 1 (Race and Racism in the U.S.) and a second three-credit course from either Category 1 or Category 2 (Human and Societal Diversity). These requirements will apply as well to undergraduate transfer students receiving bachelor's degrees from May 2012 onward.

For approved courses refer to Web Page: http://catalogue.uvm.edu/undergraduate/courses/diversitycourses/

Diversity courses in Art, Classics, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Language, and Theater will also fulfill the humanities requirement. 

 

Potential 200 and 300 level graduate courses outside NFS for the fourth or fifth year:

Courses should be selected according to the student’s interest and career goals:

Biochem: 212, 305, 306
CTS: 271, 305, 306
CDAE: 207, 208, 218, 237
EDDS: 208, 313, 336
FS: 321, 335, 340, 345, 355
MMG: 220
NH: 301, 303
PSYS: 211
PH: 301, 302, 303, 311, 312, 318

 

NFS to ANFSMS 5-Year Academic Plan:

First Year

Fall   Spring  
NFS 043: Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 credits NFS 053: Basic Concepts of Foods 3 credits   
NFS 044: Survey of the Field 1 credit NFS 054: Basic Concepts of Foods Lab 1 credit
Chem 023: Outline of General Chemistry 4 credits Chem 042: Intro to Organic Chemistry 4 credits
ENGS 001:Written Expression 3 credits PSYC 001: General Psychology 3 credits
CALS 001: Foundations: Comm. Methods 3 credits CALS 002: Foundations: Info Tech 3 credits
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 14

 

Second Year

Fall   Spring  
NFS 143: Nutrition in the Life Cycle 3 credits NFS 073: Farm to Table 3 credits
ANPS: Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits NFS 153: Principles of Food Technology 3 credits
HUM: Choose Diversity Option 3 credits NFS 154: Principle of Food Tech Lab 1 credit
STAT 111: Elements of Statistics 3 credits ANPS 020: Anatomy & Physiology 4 credits
SOC 001: Intro to Sociology or Diversity Option 3 credits MATH 009 or higher, or Accounting 3 credits
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 14

 

Third Year

Fall   Spring

Apply for Admission
to Accelerated MS
by Feb 1 of this semester

NFS 183/PBIO 185: Survey of BioChemistry 3 credits NFS 243: Advanced Nutrition 3 credits
NFS 187/PBIO 187: Survey of BioChemistry Lab 1 credit NFS XXX 3 credits
NFS XXX 3 credits    
Electives 9 credits Electives 9 credits
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15

 

Fourth Year

Fall   Spring  
NFS 203*: Food Microbiology 4 credits NFS 2XX* 3 credits
NFS 2XX* 3 credits   Electives** 6 credits    
200 level course approved for graduate credit or 300 level course selected according to student's interest* 3 credits 200 level course approved for graduate credit or 300 level course selected according to student's interest* 3 credits
Electives 7 credits STAT 211** 3 credits
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 15

Total 121 credits: 120 count for the NFS BS degree, 9 count for the NFS MS degree

*Any of these courses approved for graduate credit may be counted as the part of the six credits that count for both the NFS BS and the ANFSMS degree.

**To be transferred to the ANFSMS degree, does not count for the NFS degree

 

Fifth Year: Graduate Program ANFSMS

Fall   Spring  
NFS 360: Research Methods 3 credits NFS 350: NFS Graduate Seminar 1 credit
NFS 350: NFS Graduate Seminar 1 credit NFS XXX*: Final Project 3 credits
NFS XXX*: Final Project 3 credits    
200 level course approved for graduate credit or 300 level course selected according to student's interest* 4-7 credits 200 level course approved for graduate credit or 300 level course selected according to student's interest* 6-9 credits
Total Credits 11-14 Total Credits 10-13

Total of 21 credits required to complete the ANFSMS degree

*Students must complete a 3-6 credit final project under the direction of their graduate faculty mentor.

 

Prerequisite sequence:
CHEM 23→CHEM 42→PBIO 185→NFS 243; NFS 243→NFS 260 , 263.

Suggested sequence: take NFS 244 prior to NFS 260.

ENG 001 or ENG 0XX first year is recommended.

Any two Humanities/Fine Arts Courses can be taken (suggest choosing University Approved Diversity course for at least one Humanities option to increase the number of electives the student has available).

The Diversity course Anthropology 021 will fulfill the Social Science requirement.

Diversity Requirement:
All undergraduates must successfully complete one three-credit course from Category 1 (Race and Racism in the U.S.) and a second three-credit course from either Category 1 or Category 2 (Human and Societal Diversity). These requirements will apply as well to undergraduate transfer students receiving bachelor's degrees from May 2012 onward.

For approved courses refer to Web Page: http://catalogue.uvm.edu/undergraduate/courses/diversitycourses/

Diversity courses in Art, Classics, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Language, and Theater will also fulfill the humanities requirement.


Potential 200 and 300 level graduate courses outside NFS for the fourth or fifth year:

Courses should be selected according to the student’s interest and career goals:

Biochem: 212, 305, 306
CTS: 271, 305, 306
CDAE: 207, 208, 218, 237
EDDS: 208, 313, 336
FS: 321, 335, 340, 345, 355
MMG: 220
NH: 301, 303
PSYS: 211
PH: 301, 302, 303, 311, 312, 318

 

Academic Standards:

  • Students in the ANFSMS are expected to continue the high degree of academic performance that was evident when they were admitted to the program. 
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for continuation in the ANFSMS. 
  • Undergraduate students whose cumulative GPA at any time falls below this minimum for more than one semester will be removed from the ANFSMS. 
  • Once students in the ANFSMS receive the BS and are admitted to the regular MS degree program, academic probation matters will be dealt with in the same manner as for other MS students.

For more information contact: Stephen Pintauro, PhD, or 802-656-0541