King’s MSNS program is committed preparing our students to disseminate evidence-based information to promote healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention among those they will serve. The program encompasses nutrition science, the application of the principles of biochemistry, physiology and biology to human nutritional needs. Our coursework includes advanced nutrition topics to prevent and manage disease, as well as optimizing health through food and nutrition strategies. All courses are applicable to academic, research and clinical settings.

Our program was developed within the setting of a liberal arts college, where there is a commitment to nurturing intellectual awareness, cultural appreciation and social responsibility. Innovative academic opportunities in our online environment will help students develop critical and expressive abilities, as well as provide students with the ability to utilize emerging technologies and adapt to change. Our supportive online learning environment will foster personal growth and civic responsibility. In doing so, the program promotes the ability to collaborate with others as well as develop a respect for diverse societies and viewpoints.

The MSNS program is offered completely online, without any on-campus requirements, allowing students to obtain the Master’s of Science in Nutrition Science degree while maintaining a full-time job. Students will take courses in seven-week blocks, one course at a time. The total program consists of 12 courses of three credits each, for a total of 36 credits. If the program is completed in the suggested sequence, the program can be completed in 24 months.

Course Requirements

12 courses – 36 credits

  • NUTR 501 - Physiological Basis For Nutrition I - 3 credits
  • NUTR 502 - Physiological Basis For Nutrition II - 3 credits
  • NUTR 511 - Biochemistry Of Nutrition I - 3 credits
  • NUTR 512 - Biochemistry Of Nutrition II - 3 credits
  • NUTR 520 - Nutrition Through The Life Cycle - 3 credits
  • NUTR 530 - Sport Nutrition And Exercise Metabolism - 3 credits
  • NUTR 540 - Dietary Supplements And Herbal Medicine - 3 credits
  • NUTR 550 - Food Principles And Preparation - 3 credits
  • NUTR 560 - Therapeutic Nutrition - 3 credits
  • NUTR 570 - Nutrition Counseling - 3 credits
  • NUTR 580 - Food Systems And Health - 3 credits
  • NUTR 590 - Nutritional Research Trends & Methods - 3 credits
*See “Course Descriptions” and “Suggested Curriculum” of pre-requisite courses to ensure proper sequencing.

Suggested Curriculum

Course Descriptions

NUTR 501 - Physiological Basis For Nutrition I - 3 credits
Students will explore the human body and its systems with special focus on systems physiology. Topics include cell physiology, muscle physiology, heart and circulatory physiology, kidney physiology, immune physiology, and respiratory physiology.

NUTR 502 - Physiological Basis For Nutrition II - 3 credits
Students will explore the human body and its systems with special focus on systems physiology. Topics include neural physiology, gastro-intestinal physiology, metabolism and temperature regulation, and endocrinology.

NUTR 511 - Biochemistry Of Nutrition I - 3 credits
Students will explore the biochemical processes as they relate to general metabolism and biochemistry, gene expression and protein synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism and ATP synthesis, lipid metabolism, and nitrogen metabolism.

NUTR 512 - Biochemistry Of Nutrition II - 3 credits
Students will explore the biochemical processes as they relate to general tissue metabolism; the effect of micronutrients on gene expression; the effect and function of fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins, micro trace mineral, macro trace minerals, and other organic nutrients.

NUTR 520 - Nutrition Through The Life Cycle - 3 credits
Students will explore the many ways nutrition impacts growth, development, and normal functioning as one progresses through each stage of life. Additionally, common ailments that can result from nutritional deficits will be discussed. Each life stage will be addressed in regards to normal nutritional requirements and clinical applications.
Pre-requisite: NUTR 502 and NUTR 512

NUTR 530 - Sport Nutrition And Exercise Metabolism - 3 credits
Students will learn how to apply the most effective and cutting-edge strategies for optimal fueling for athletic performance. Topics include meal, energy, and nutrient timing guidelines; optimal ratios and quantities of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals for various sports; the latest research on ergogenic aids, such as quercitin and caffeine; strategies for avoiding gastrointestinal distress during activity and reducing exercise-induced inflammation; the effects of travel, high altitude, and age on nutrition needs and performance; strategies for balancing fluid and electrolytes to avoid dehydration and hyperhydration.
Pre-requisite: NUTR 502

NUTR 540 - Dietary Supplements And Herbal Medicine - 3 credits
Students will learn to understand the pharmacological and biological effects of medicinal herbs, as well as how to properly select and prepare them for clinical use. The biochemical constituents of plant extracts and the isolation of their active components will be explored, as will their use as over-the-counter supplements. Further, other commonly-used dietary supplements such as creatine, pre-workout, etc. will be evaluated as to their safety and efficacy.
Pre-requisite: NUTR 502 and NUTR 512 6

NUTR 550 - Food Principles And Preparation - 3 credits
Students will explore general guidelines of food preparation and meal planning. Food safety regulations, common regulatory practices, as well as various means of food preparation will be discussed. Topics include, food selection, food evaluation, composition of food, food safety, food preparation, meal preparation, and analysis of different food groups.

NUTR 560 - Therapeutic Nutrition - 3 credits
Students will explore a manifold of diseases that are related to nutrition. Disease processes, etiology/pathology, clinical indicators, and appropriate treatments will be discussed as they relate to nutrition. Current disease topics such as inflammation and microbiome-related diseases will be discussed, among many others.
Pre-requisite: NUTR 520 and NUTR 540

NUTR 570 - Nutrition Counseling - 3 credits
Students will learn effective nutrition interventions, evidence-based theories and models, clinical nutrition principles, and obtain in-depth knowledge of behavioral science and educational approaches to treat nutrition-related illness and disease. Further, students will develop communications, counseling, interviewing, motivational, and professional skills.
Pre-requisite: NUTR 520

NUTR 580 - Food Systems And Health - 3 credits
Students will explore the effects of malnutrition including mortality, decreased economic productivity, morbidities, such as blindness and stunting, and development of chronic diseases. Further, students will discuss the effects of overnutrition and its impact on Chronic disease, such as with heart disease, cancer, and other diet-related chronic diseases. Both scenarios will be explored in the context of global health and public health systems both in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

NUTR 590 - Nutritional Research Trends & Methods - 3 credits
Students will learn typical methods in analyzing and interpreting biomedical data and research design. This course will help guide the graduate student in developing research studies, conducting statistical analyses and reading/evaluating current nutrition literature.