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.  

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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