Summary of Degree Requirements
Both M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate degrees in Nutritional Biology at the University of California, Davis are offered by the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology. Below is a brief summary of the degree requirements. The full degree requirements are also available online here and from the Office of Graduate Studies at https://grad.ucdavis.edu/programs/gnub.
Requirements for Master’s Degree
The Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology designates its master’s degree as a Master of Science (M.S.).
Plan I: A minimum of thirty units of upper division and graduate course-work and a thesis are required. At least 18 of the 30 units must be earned in graduate courses in the major field. Specific course requirements are the 3 core courses (NUB 210A,B,C), at least 5 units of seminar (Nutrition 290/291), and an additional 10 units of upper division or graduate level elective courses are selected with the advice and consent of a graduate adviser and the major professor who serves as the chairperson of the thesis committee. A thesis committee comprised of three faculty is appointed by the dean of Graduate Studies to advise the student in research and to pass on the merits of the thesis.
Plan II: Thirty-six units of upper division and graduate coursework and a oral comprehensive examination are required. At least 18 of the 36 units must be earned in graduate courses in the major; no more than 9 of these 18 may be in research (299) courses. Specific course requirements are the 3 core courses (NUB 210A,B,C), at least 5 units of seminar (Nutrition 290/291), and an additional 16 units of upper division or graduate level elective courses are selected with the advice and consent of a graduate adviser. No thesis is required. Instead, the capstone requirement is fulfilled by the comprehensive oral examination and the submission of a technical written report on an appropriate topic, or on work completed for the maximum of 9 research (NUT/NUB 299) units. This report may include results of original research and/or a critical review of scientific literature. A committee of two faculty members must approve the written report.
Requirements for the Ph.D.
Core requirements for the Ph.D. degree are three 5-unit core courses in Nutrition, nutrition seminars at least two quarters per year, two graduate level nutrition-related courses, an upper division or graduate level course in statistics, and 6 units of courses adequate to develop an area of specialization such as Endocrinology, Epidemiology and Statistics , Food Science , Immunology , Metabolism , and Molecular Biology. To develop an appropriate course program, each student consults with their major professor and graduate advisor to design their area of interest, including work in areas where further preparation is needed, and will determine when the student is ready to take the Qualifying Examination.
The Qualifying Examination is an oral examination administered in two parts. The Preliminary Examination is scheduled after the student has completed three 5-unit core courses. The examination is administered by a committee of three faculty who are members of the graduate group. The Qualifying Examination is administered by a committee of five members appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies. The examination is intended to demonstrate the student’s critical ability and potential to conduct research. The student will present a research proposal and demonstrate competence in one or two areas of specialization.
After successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, the student is eligible to advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. At this time, a Dissertation Committee is appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies, composed of three faculty members who guide the candidate in his or her research and pass upon the merits of the dissertation. After presentation of the dissertation the candidate is expected to present the results of this research in a graduate group seminar.