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    Jun 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Food Science Major, BS in Food Science – Five-Year BS/MS Program


For qualified students, the Department of Food Science offers a Five-Year BS/MS accelerated degree program with a BS major in Food Science and a thesis-based MS major in Food Science. Central to this program is that a qualified student may take up to nine hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both the BS degree and the MS degree. Students will be considered for conditional admission to the program by the end of their junior year of undergraduate study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Because the MS program requires that students write a thesis based on their original research, students in the BS/MS program must start working on their research project no later than starting the senior year of undergraduate studies. For each student in the program, a graduate advisory committee composed of a minimum of three faculty members must be established before completion of the BS degree.   

To be considered for conditional admission to the program:

  • A student must be a declared Food Science major, Science concentration, with a minimum GPA of 3.4, must have completed at least 15 hours of credit in Food Science, and must have completed at least 90 hours of the 120 hours of coursework required for the BS degree with a major in Food Science.
  • A student must provide three letters of recommendation and complete a personal interview with individuals comprising the Graduate and Undergraduate Committees in the Department of Food Science. 
  • A student must obtain a commitment from a Food Science graduate research faculty member to serve as his/her graduate mentor-advisor (i.e., major professor) and at least two other graduate research faculty members to serve on his/her graduate advisory committee.

Applicants are required to have completed FDSC 241 - Food Preservation and Packaging . The Department may consider other relevant factors such as an applicant’s work experience and level of maturity before conditionally admitting a student to the BS/MS program. Conditional admission of a student into the Five-Year BS/MS program must be approved by both the Department of Food Science and the Graduate School. Students will be typically informed of the outcome of their application by the end of their junior year of undergraduate study.

Any course taken for graduate credit before satisfying all requirements for the BS degree must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee, the Graduate Director and the Graduate School. These courses must be identified in advance, in consultation with the undergraduate advisor, and the graduate advisory committee. The form “Food Science Conditional Admission Five-Year BS-MS” is available from the Graduate Director and must be completed and signed by the undergraduate advisor, undergraduate coordinator, and graduate advisory committee at least two months before the end of the junior year. After review by the Department, the form will be signed by the Graduate Director and submitted to the Graduate School for approval and processing.

Conditional admission into the BS/MS program does not guarantee acceptance into either the Graduate School or the MS program. Students in the BS/MS program must apply for admission to the Graduate School and to the MS program during their senior year of undergraduate study for the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate study following the same procedures that all other student applicants follow. A GRE score must be submitted as part of the application for admission into any graduate program in the Department of Food Science. Students will be fully admitted to the MS program after they have been accepted both by the Graduate School and by the Food Science program. Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Food Science – Food Science Major – Five-Year BS/MS Program


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
BIOL 159 * and BIOL 160 * or BIOL 168 * 5 2.0 cumulative GPA
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118  3  
FDSC 100   3  
1MATH 125 *, MATH 141 *, MATH 147 *, or MATH 151  3  
Arts and Humanities *, Cultures and Civilizations *, or Social Sciences * Elective 3  
Term 2
Arts and Humanities *, Cultures and Civilizations *, or Social Sciences * Elective 3 2.0 cumulative GPA
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128  4 ENGL 101 
ENGL 102  3 One Arts and Humanities* or Cultures and Civilizations*, or Social Sciences* Elective
FDSC 150 * or other Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
NUTR 100 * 3  
Term 3
Arts and Humanities *, Cultures and Civilizations *, or Social Sciences * Elective 3 2.0 cumulative GPA
CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138  4 CHEM 120 
FDSC 241   3 One Quantitative Reasoning Elective*
MATH 115 *, MATH 152 *, STAT 201 *, or STAT 207  3  
MICR 210  3  
Term 4
Arts and Humanities *, Cultures and Civilizations *, or Social Sciences * Elective 3 2.0 cumulative GPA
CHEM 260   3 FDSC 100  or FDSC 241  
Communicating Orally Elective * 3

 

FDSC 201   1  
PHYS 221  4  
Written Communication Elective * 3  
Term 5
Arts and Humanities *, Cultures and Civilizations *, or Social Sciences * Elective 3 2.0 cumulative GPA
2Herbert College of Agriculture Elective 3 CHEM 130 
FDSC 390   3 Two Arts and Humanities* or Cultures and Civilizations*, or Social Sciences* Electives
FDSC 442   3  
FDSC 341   3  
Term 6
Arts and Humanities *, Cultures and Civilizations *, or Social Sciences * Elective 3 Apply for conditional admission to graduate program after completion of at least 90 credit hours with maximum of 3 hours of FDSC 493  and FDSC 499  combined.
FDSC 493  or FDSC 499   3 Start working on research project
BCMB 230  or NUTR 311   4-5  
FDSC 430   3  
FDSC 410  or FDSC 418  (Both BS/MS credit); and FDSC 419   4  
Term 7
FDSC 415   4 Apply to graduate
FDSC 421  or FDSC 428  and FDSC 429  (Both BS/MS credit) 5  
3Unrestricted STEM Elective 4  
Term 8
FDSC 445   3 Establish graduate advisory committee before completing BS degree
FDSC 495   3  
4Unrestricted Electives 3-4  
MS PLSC 525 - Research Ethics for the Life Sciences 1  
TOTAL 120  
1 Mathematics placement depends on high school courses and grades and ACT scores.
2 Chosen from: AGNR 180 *, AGNR 480 ; ALEC 102 , ALEC 202 , ALEC 211 , ALEC 240 *, ALEC 303 , ALEC 340 , ALEC 440 *, ALEC 441 AREC 201 *, AREC 212 ; ESS 110 *, ESS 120 *, ESS 220 *, ESS 326 , ESS 434 , ESS 462 ; FORS 100 , FORS 321 *, FORS 335 , FORS 345 , FORS 420 ; FWF 250 *, FWF 320 , FWF 324 , FWF 420 ; PLSC 115 *, PLSC 210 , PLSC 226 , PLSC 230 , PLSC 233 , PLSC 250 *, PLSC 275 PLSC 280 .
3 Upper division (300-400 level) courses are recommended. Choose from: ASTR 151 *, ASTR 152 *;  BCMB (any); BIOL (any after major requirements are met); CFS 210 *, CFS 211 , CFS 213 , CFS 240 ; CHEM (any after major requirements are met); COSC (any); CSAS (any); ECE (any); EEB (any); EF (any); GEOG 131 *, GEOG 132 *, GEOG 137 *; GEOL (any); IE (any); KNS (any above 100-level); MATH (any above MATH 125 * after Quantitative Reasoning requirements are met); ME (any); MICR (any except MICR 210 *); MSE (MSE 201  and above); NE (any); NUTR (any except NUTR 100 *, NUTR 311 ); PHYS (any except PHYS 221 *); PSYC 301 , PSYC 370 , PSYC 385 *, PSYC 445 , PSYC 450 , PSYC 459 , PSYC 461 ; PUBH 202 , PUBH 315 , PUBH 401 , PUBH 420 ; STAT (any except STAT 201 *); UNHO 287 *, UNHO 288 *.
4 Any courses not already required for the major.

* Meets University General Education Requirement .