Student Profile

Jaclyn “Jackie” Newell
Class of '15

Jaclyn “Jackie” Newell is a 2015 graduate of the Illinois PSM Food Science and Human Nutrition program.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  Jackie’s internship was with Schreiber Foods, where she worked as a research and development intern in the processed cheese group. She is now a research and development food product development technologist at Beachbody in El Segundo, California, where she works with their Shakeology line. She states, “the hardest part of my job as a product developer is working cross functionally with sourcing and manufacturing. The PSM business course work helped me prepare for these teams, because I have a foundational understanding of project management and supply chain processes.” She also credits the program for teaching her how to relate to people that come from different backgrounds, whether that be a difference of major or culture.

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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