Framingham State campus
Degree Requirements

The program requires a minimum of ten (10) courses: four (4) core courses, five (5) sub-concentration courses, and one (1) approved elective course; plus undergraduate prerequisite courses required for students without an appropriate academic background. Students may take courses in any sequence subject to the following general requirements:

  1. Students must complete all the prerequisite courses before registering for core, concentration or elective courses.
  2. CHEM 903 Nutritional Biochemistry must be repeated if passed with a grade of lower than B-.

An oral comprehensive examination is required as the student's culminating experience.

Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses
BIOL 272 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 273 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
(or BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Biology with
special permission of program advisor)
BIOL 307 Principles of Microbiology
CHEM 301 Biochemistry
FDSC 151 Principles of Food Science (not required for students
having had an acceptable foods course)
MATH 208 Biostatistics (not required of students having had an
acceptable statistics course)
MATH 219 Calculus I

The prerequisite courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, and Biochemistry, if taken elsewhere, must be equivalent to those offered at Framingham State University. Furthermore, these courses must have been successfully completed within the last five years.

Core Courses (4)
CHEM 805 Food Analysis
CHEM 903 Nutritional Biochemistry
NUTR 874 Human Nutrition Science
NUTR 978 Public Health Nutrition

Concentration Courses (5)
CHEM 808 Food Chemistry
CHEM 815 Food Engineering and Processing
CHEM 821 Instrumental Analysis (an elective may be substituted with approval of the program advisor)
CHEM 911 Research and Seminar in Food Science/Nutritional Biochemistry
CHEM 921 Laboratory Practicum OR
CHEM 960 Thesis in Food Science/Nutritional Biochemistry

Elective Courses (1)
An 800 or 900 graduate level elective course must be approved, in writing, by the student’s advisor.

Coordinator: Dr. Sarah Pilkenton, Chemistry and Food Science
Advisor: Dr. Emmanouil Apostolidis, Chemistry and Food Science


  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.

Framingham State University

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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220