Student Profile

Donald Chan
Class of '13

Donald Chan is a 2013 graduate of the Food Science and Human Nutrition PSM program.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in Food Science from the University of Illinois.  Donald chose the Illinois PSM because he wanted to pursue further education in Food Science with industrial applications in mind.  The focus on the workplace, rather than pure classwork or research, is what convinced him to enroll.  He also states that the PSM “provided me with multiple opportunities and connections to potential employers, which is how I got my internship at Eli Lilly.”  He is currently employed by Smithfield Farmland in Kentucky where he is an Associate Quality Assurance Specialist.  

Business Curriculum

The Illinois PSM business curriculum addresses essential knowledge and skills for managerial and leadership roles. Business courses – combined with the PSM seminar series and the internship – differentiate the Illinois PSM from other research-focused M.S. degree programs. 

The business curriculum is delivered in partnership with the University of Illinois’ College of Business.

Five principal themes define the Illinois PSM business curriculum:

  • business fundamentals – marketing, strategy, and entrepreneurship;
  • financial – accounting and finance;
  • project and process management,
  • workplace dynamics – leadership, teams, and organizational behavior; and
  • law and regulation.

Students complete one to two business courses each semester. Courses are typically two credit-hours, each meeting for one-half of the semester. Courses within a semester are taken sequentially, i.e., only one is taken at a time.

The specific courses vary by term and are announced in advance. To ensure the relevance and timeliness of the business curriculum, courses may be changed and new courses may be added.

For more information or to discuss the Illinois PSM business curriculum, contact Natalie Bosecker, Illinois PSM director, at or (217) 265-5363.

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