Student Profile

Albert Pangestan
Class of '10

Albert Pangestan was in the inaugural cohort of Illinois PSM students, earning an M.S. degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition in 2010. He completed his Illinois PSM internship at The Dannon Company in Texas. During his internship, Albert decided that business, especially finance, was a better career option for him.  Albert advises all current and potential students to “find an internship that mimics what you want to do, and do it early.  The experience might change your future goals.”  Upon graduation, Albert began working as an associate at PT Principia Management Group, a private equity investment firm.  He has since taken an Associate Director position at Istana Group, one of the largest property developers in Indonesia.

Food Science & Human Nutrition Science Curriculum

The science component is comprised of coursework in the major.

The Food Science and Human Nutrition PSM degree program is designed to meet the needs of rapidly changing and important segments of industry and student populations. Thus, requirements are flexible to allow each student to build a graduate curriculum that best fits his/her chosen career path. 

REQUIRED COURSES

Courses will be taken in consultation with the student’s Advisory Committee to meet the 32 hour science requirement. At least 12 hours must be in 500-level courses.

Each student will be asked to complete at least one course in each area of emphasis. Course options within each emphasis area are listed below. 

  1. Nutrition
  2. Food Processing and Engineering
  3. Food Chemistry
  4. Food Microbiology

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

Specific courses depend on the student's professional objectives.

COURSE OPTIONS BY SPECIALTY AREA†

Specific courses depend on the student's professional objectives.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are required. However, if a student has already taken the course or its equivalent, then she/he should select an alternate course within the emphasis in consultation with her/his advisor and Advisory Committee. 

ELECTIVES

†Course numbers and titles are subject to change.  Please note that some courses are only offered in select terms. For more information, please reference the Illinois Course Catalog.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduate Seminar:  Each student is required to register for FSHN 597 (Graduate Seminar) each term (except summer) for 0 hours.
  • Statistics Competency:  This requirement may be met by prior undergraduate training (i.e., having successfully completed ACE 261, CPSC 241, ECON 202, MATH 161, PSYC 235, SOC 280, or STAT 100, or the equivalent) or by completing FSHN 440.
  • Biochemistry Competency:  This requirement may be met by prior undergraduate training (i.e., having successfully completed MCB 450 or MCB 452 or the equivalent) or by completing a course approved by the student’s Advisory Committee and advisor.
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