Department of Nutrition

Department of Nutrition Interim Head: D. Threadgill

Graduate Advisor: K. de Ruiter

The graduate program in Nutrition is administered by the Department of Nutrition, and its membership includes faculty from Nutrition, Animal Science, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Health and Kinesiology, Horticultural Sciences, Poultry Science, Sociology, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, the School of Public Health, and Veterinary Integrative Biosciences.

The graduate program in Nutrition offers the opportunity for advanced studies in both human and animal nutrition. The program is designed to allow students to build a strong research expertise in nutritional sciences as well as obtain advanced knowledge of basic and practical nutrition. Participating faculty members have research programs that address nutrient bioavailability, energy metabolism and performance, biochemical interactions and molecular nutrition. Programs are also available in social nutrition.

Courses of study lead to the Master of Clinical Nutrition, the Master of Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Courses for the degree program are selected from the various departments to serve the needs of the graduate student. Questions about the graduate degrees in nutrition can be directed to the graduate program coordinator at

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NFSC 601/ANSC 601 General Animal Nutrition

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Comparative nutrition of animal species contrasting digestive, metabolic and physiological functions involved in processing and using nutrients.
Prerequisite: ANSC 303/NFSC 303 or ANSC 318 or equivalent.
Cross Listing: ANSC 601/NFSC 601.

NFSC 602/ANSC 602 Energetics of Metabolism and Growth

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Current fundamental concepts in protein and energy metabolism relating to nutrients required for maintenance, growth and development of animals.
Prerequisite: BICH 410 or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: ANSC 602/NFSC 602.

NFSC 613/ANSC 613 Protein Metabolism

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Basic concepts and recent advances in protein metabolism in animals with emphasis on physiological and nutritional significances; discussion of protein digestion; absorption of peptides; absorption, synthesis and degradation of amino acids; hormonal and nutritional regulation of protein turnover; determination of protein quality and requirements.
Prerequisite: BICH 411 or BICH 601 or equivalent or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: ANSC 613/NFSC 613.

NFSC 614 Fermentation and Gastrointestinal Microbiology

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Fermentation and gastrointestinal ecosystems in terms of microorganisms present, their activities and requirements and their interactions in a dynamic system.
Prerequisite: Beginning microbiology and/or biochemistry or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: POSC 614 and VTMI 614.

NFSC 617 Experimental Techniques in Meat Science

Credits 3. 1 Lecture Hour. 6 Lab Hours.

Methods used in separating and identifying muscle proteins and fats; techniques for determining postmortem changes of muscle tissue as a result of antemortem treatments.
Prerequisite: ANSC 607/NFSC 607; BICH 411.

NFSC 618/ANSC 618 Lipids and Lipid Metabolism

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Chemical nature of various classes of lipids and lipid-derived hormones; absorption and metabolism of fatty-acids and lipids; regulation of lipid biosynthesis and obesity; relationship between lipid metabolism and cholesterol homeostasis; lipids as hormones.
Prerequisite: BICH 410 or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: ANSC 618/NFSC 618.

NFSC 632 Nutrition in Disease

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Human nutritional requirements in health and disease, emphasizing effects of disease states on intake, digestion, absorption, metabolism and excretion of nutrients; relationship of diet to development of certain diseases.

NFSC 641 Nutritional Biochemistry I

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Integration of the intermediary metabolism of glucose, amino acids and lipids with nutrition, physiology and pathophysiology in animals; regulation of metabolic pathways in cells, tissues and the whole body under normal and disease conditions; functions of vitamins and minerals in nutrient metabolism and health.
Prerequisite: BICH 411 or BICH 604. Offered during the fall semester.

NFSC 642 Nutritional Biochemistry II

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Integration of nutrition, biochemistry and other life sciences focusing on nutrients and their needs in healthy and unhealthy individuals; macronutrients and their metabolism and the pertinent regulation; nutrient sensing and signaling pathways; nutritional and hormonal regulation of gene expression; commonly used nutritional and biochemical assays.
Prerequisites: NFSC 475, BICH 410 or equivalent.

NFSC 645/POSC 645 Nutrition and Metabolism of Vitamins

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Chemistry and metabolism of the fat soluble and water soluble vitamins and their roles in animals; integrates cellular biochemistry and metabolism of the vitamins in vertebrate animals.
Prerequisites: POSC 411 or ANSC 303/NFSC 303; BICH 410 or BICH 603.
Cross Listing: POSC 645/NFSC 645.

NFSC 646 Fundamentals of Space Life Sciences

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Integrates nutrition, physiology, and radiation biology to define major biological problems in long duration space flight; provide an overview of the problems of bone loss, muscle wasting, and radiation-enhanced carcinogenesis along with potential countermeasures; focus on nutritional interventions and exercise protocols.
Cross Listing: NUEN 646 and KINE 646.

NFSC 650/POSC 650 Nutrition and Metabolism of Minerals

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Nutritional significance of minerals in animal metabolism; chemical, biochemical and physiological role of minerals and homeostatic control in animal metabolism.
Prerequisites: POSC 411 or ANSC 303/NFSC 303; BICH 410 or BICH 603.
Cross Listing: POSC 650/NFSC 650.

NFSC 651/WFSC 647 Nutritional Biochemistry of Fishes

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Principles of nutritional biochemistry including nutrient metabolism and biochemical energetics with special emphasis on finfish and shell fish.
Prerequisite: BICH 410 or equivalent.
Cross Listing: WFSC 647/NFSC 651.

NFSC 655 Nutrition and Healthy Aging

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Fusion of biology of aging and geriatric nutrition; different aging theories, pathophysiology of aging and age-related diseases, nutritional needs of older adults, nutritional impacts on lifespan and healthspan and nutritional interventions for healthy aging.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

NFSC 669 Experimental Nutrition & Food Science Laboratory

Credits 4. 1 Lecture Hour. 6 Lab Hours.

Experimental Nutrition & Food Science Laboratory. Nutritional intervention in animal models of metabolic or emotional disorders; genetic modifications or pathogens in food products; analyses of gene expression and behavior.
Prerequisite: BICH 432/GENE 432 or GENE 432/BICH 432 recommended; graduate in nutrition or related major.

NFSC 679 Lipoproteins in Health and Disease

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Understanding of lipoprotein biology as it relates to nutrient delivery and disease development; emphasis on understanding how structure influences the function of different lipoprotein particles in human and avian systems; opportunity to study individual lipoprotein profiles or those of animals by modern imaging techniques; background in basic lipid biochemistry helpful.

Allred, Clinton, Associate Professor
PHD, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2002

Chapkin, Robert, University Distinguished Professor
PHD, University of California, Davis, 1986

Chew, Boon, Professor
PHD, Purdue University, 1978

Geismar, Karen, Senior Lecturer
PHD, Texas Woman's University, Denton, 1998

Giles, Erin, Assistant Professor
PHD, McMaster University, 2015

Guo, Shaodong, Associate Professor
PHD, Peking University, Beijing China, 1995

Johnston, Bradley, Associate Professor
PHD, University of Alberta, 2009

Seguin, Rebecca, Associate Professor
PHD, Tufts University, 2008

Sun, Yuxiang, Associate Professor
PHD, University of Manitoba, 2000

Wu, Chaodong, Professor
PHD, Beijing Medical University, 1998

Xie, Linglin, Associate Professor
PHD, Kansas State University, 2008

Zhang, Ke, Associate Professor
PHD, Kansas State University, 2008