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Certificate of Food & Nutrition

Students may pursue a concentrated study of food and nutrition through graduate course work, which upon completion would yield a graduate certificate in this area of study.   The Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate (FNGC) curriculum includes studies in nutrient metabolism, food science, and nutritional principles related to health and disease.  For a variety of student career goals, the FNGC program provides knowledge of food and nutrition that is applicable to many health care, business, professional, and personal situations involving nutrition.  The FNGC may be desired by students currently pursuing other graduate degree programs (e.g. public health; human movement sport, and leisure studies; biological sciences), allied health professions, or the Dietetic Internship who have an interest in advanced study of food and nutrition but do not wish to complete a graduate degree. 

Students completing the Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate Program will be required to take 15 credit hours of food and nutrition graduate-level courses.  A maximum of 6 credit hours of 5000 level courses may be applied to the certificate. [http://webapps.bgsu.edu/courses/search.php].  

The FNGC will be noted on the student's graduate transcript as "Certificate in Food and Nutrition."  The FNGC does not carry with it any licensure or privileges, and is not currently approved by any professional organization. 

All students pursuing the Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate would have the option to continue their studies to complete a Master's degree.  All courses completed with a B average, in pursuit of the Graduate Certificate, would count toward the Masters in Family and Consumer Sciences with a specialization in Food and Nutrition. 

Admission Requirements
Students wishing to complete the Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate need to be admitted to the Graduate College at BGSU.  Prospective students must submit an Application for Admission Certificate Program [http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/gradcol/], two official transcripts from each college or university attended (except BGSU), three letters of recommendation, and a $30 application fee to The Graduate College.  Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required.  Students must have appropriate academic backgrounds (e.g., nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and biochemistry) or professional experiences to meet the graduate course prerequisites. 

Students pursuing the Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate are not eligible for graduate assistantship funding. 

Students wishing to combine the Dietetic Internship and Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate should review http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/edhd/fcs/di/index.html.