Maternal & Child Nutrition; Nutrition

(Department of Nutrition)

Francene M. Steinberg, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

Department Office. 3135 Meyer Hall; 530-752-4630;


Graduate Study. The Nutrition Department offers the degree of M.A.S. in Maternal and Child Nutrition. This program consists of three required six-unit core courses (Nutrition During Pregnancy, Lactation and Infant Nutrition, and Child and Adolescent Nutrition), six to eight units of special topics seminars, two units of electives, and a six-unit student project (produced in consultation with a three-member guidance committee) for a total of 36 units. Each of the core courses will comprise 10 weeks of in-class instruction twice per week for two-and-a-half hours per meeting. Classes will also include online discussion of related material and readings.

Each student will be assigned a three-member guidance committee consisting of two members of the teaching faculty and an additional qualified faculty member to advise the student in identifying a student project.

Preparation. Admission to the program requires a bachelor's degree with prior course work that includes (or is comparable to): one year of general chemistry, two quarters of organic chemistry, a course in statistics, one course in general physiology, and two quarters of the biochemistry of nutrition.

Courses in Maternal and Child Nutrition. See courses under Nutrition.

Graduate Advisors. Reina Engle-Stone, Ph.D., Asst. Professor (Nutrition), Jane Heinig, Ph.D., Academic Administrator (Nutrition)