Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S.; Ph.D.
Areas of Study
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
  • Community Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Food Science
  • Nutraceuticals

Interdepartmental Nutrition

  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Interdepartmental Graduate Chair
    Dr. Julie Albrecht
  • Graduate Coordinator
    Ms. Lori Rausch
  • Department Address
    110 Ruth Leverton Hall
    Lincoln NE 68583-0806

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Interdepartmental Nutrition in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of goals
  • Resume

Application Deadline

For Financial Consideration
   Fall: March 15   Spring: October 15
   Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.

Related Programs


The Interdepartmental Nutrition Program's mission is to develop cutting-edge, multidisciplinary education and research programs that integrate animal biology and food to improve human and animal nutrition and health. The INP offers an extensive curriculum and a wide range of research opportunities. Integrating the expertise of three departments allows students greater flexibility in tailoring their research and coursework to their personal and professional interests.

The department offers research-based degrees in several diverse areas of study: Animal Science, Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition, Community Nutrition and Health Promotion, Food Science, and Nutraceuticals.

Because of the diversity of degree programs offered through the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and the Nutrition Interdepartmental program, students are encouraged to refer to the Nutrition and Health Sciences website to learn more about areas of study and degree programs, admission requirements, and step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Courses and More

Students in Interdepartmental Nutrition are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Food Safety
Mineral Requirements; Immunocompetence of Ruminants Fed Forages
Nonruminant Nutrition; Gastrointestinal Physiology
Cholesterol and Bile Acid Metabolism; Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease; Role of Dietary Fat, Fiber, and Phytochemicals
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Nutrient Fatty Acids; Fatty Acid-Dependent Regulation; Fatty Acids in Health and Disease
Environmental-Nutritional Interactions in Feedlots; Grain Processing and Starch Use; Corn Byproduct Utilization; Protein Requirements of Feedlot Cattle; Nutritional Effects on Pathogen Excretion
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Community Nutrition and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Nutrition
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Biotechnology; Stress Signaling Pathways; Drought and Salt Tolerance of Plants
4-H Foods; Food Literacy; Health and Wellness; Minority Populations
Growing and Finishing Cattle; Protein Nutrition; Beef Production Systems; Waste Management; E. coli 0157:H7; Crop Residues; Byproducts
Forage Quality; Ruminal Fermentation
Swine Nutrition; Liver Metabolism; Nutrient Intake; Growth Criteria
Nutraceuticals & Functional Foods
Cultural Foods; Experimental Foods; Food Quality; Lipids; Prebiotic
Food Allergens; Immunochemical Methods
Bioinformatics; Statistical Genetics; Non-Parametric Methods
Food Analysis
Chromatin Biology; Genome Stability; (Stem) Cell Differentiation; Adipocytes; Water-Soluble Vitamins; Gene Regulation

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