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FOOD SCIENCE Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:

M.S.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least half of the certified* degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher; 600 - 679 in Food Science, which are specifically designed as Food Science graduate courses; and any courses outside of Food Science that have been identified as graduate-level by the subject-owners that offer them.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least half of the certified* degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered: 700 or higher; 600 - 679 in Food Science, which are specifically designed as Food Science graduate courses; and any courses outside of Food Science that have been identified as graduate-level by the subject-owners that offer them.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Prior graduate-level coursework from other institutions may not count toward minimum credit requirements for the major, but may satisfy specific food science course requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

Prior coursework as a UW–Madison undergraduate student may not count toward minimum credit requirements for the major, but may satisfy specific food science course requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

Prior coursework taken as a University Special student may not count toward minimum credit requirements for the major, but may satisfy specific food science course requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirement: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Prior graduate-level coursework from other institutions may not count toward minimum credit requirements for the major, but may satisfy specific food science course requirements. No more than 6 credits from prior graduate level coursework may be applied toward fulfillment of the distributed minor requirement. coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

Prior coursework as a UW–Madison undergraduate student may not count toward minimum credit requirements for the major, but may satisfy specific food science course requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

Prior coursework taken as a University Special student may not count toward minimum credit requirements for the major, but may satisfy specific food science course requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses/Credits Required

Food Chemistry (Food Sci 410), Food Preservation (Food Sci 432), Food Microbiology (Food Sci 325), a statistics course, graded Graduate Seminar (Food Sci 900), 4 credits of graduate level (600 and above) Food Sci or closely related courses.

A minimum of 8 graduate degree credits in addition to seminar (Food Sci 900) and research credits (Food Sci 990) are required.

*Certified coursework is a specified plan of courses unique to each student that must be completed to satisfy the requirements for their graduate program. This plan is approved by the student’s graduate program advisory committee (GPAC) and is stipulated in the document Certification of Coursework in Food Science. Courses students take beyond the "certified" coursework plan are not included in calculating graduate coursework requirements.

Program-Specific Courses/Credits Required

Food Chemistry (Food Sci 410), Food Preservation (Food Sci 432), Food Microbiology (Food Sci 325), a statistics course, Teaching Practicum (Food Sci 799) or TA position and teaching/learning training course, two graded graduate seminars (Food Sci 900), 8 credits of graduate-level (600 and above) Food Sci or closely related courses.

*Certified coursework is a specified plan of courses unique to each student that must be completed to satisfy the requirements for their graduate program. This plan is approved by the student’s graduate program advisory committee (GPAC) and is stipulated in the document Certification of Coursework in Food Science. Courses students take beyond the "certified" coursework plan are not included in calculating graduate coursework requirements.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

The Graduate School requires doctoral programs to have a doctoral minor requirement to achieve breadth. Ph.D. candidates in food science must complete the requirements for an Option A minor (all coursework within a single department) or Option B (distributed) minor (related courses from more than one department). Option A minor: credit requirements are set by the host department where the courses are taken. Option B (distributed) minor: 10 credits (courses numbered 500 or above) are required and approved by the student’s graduate program advisory committee (GPAC).

Minor coursework must be completed before, or by end of, the semester in which the prelim is taken.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of incomplete (I) are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of incomplete (I) are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Probation Policy

Candidates not making satisfactory progress will be placed on probation. If this probationary status is not resolved by the end of the semester in which it is initiated, the candidate may be dismissed by their faculty advisor.

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

Probation Policy

Candidates not making satisfactory progress will be placed on probation. If this probationary status is not resolved by the end of the semester in which it is initiated, the candidate may be dismissed by their faculty advisor.

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member or affiliate faculty member from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies. The student’s graduate program advisory committee (GPAC) also is involved in advising of the student in various stages of their studies to monitor and ensure they are making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Advisor/Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member or affiliate faculty member from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies. The student’s graduate program advisory committee (GPAC) also is involved in advising of the student in various stages of their studies to monitor and ensure they are making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Assessment and Examinations

Requirements determined by the program. Students are required to have a graduate program advisory committee (GPAC) meeting once each year to monitor progress toward their degree.

Master’s students are required to defend their thesis after they have cleared their record of all Incomplete and Progress grades (other than research and thesis) and deposit the final thesis to the Memorial Library.

Assessment and Examinations

Students are required to have a graduate program advisory committee (GPAC) meeting once each year to monitor progress toward their degree.

Doctoral students are required to take a preliminary/oral examination after they have cleared their record of all Incomplete and Progress grades (other than research and thesis).

Defense and deposit of the doctoral dissertation in the Graduate School is required.

Additional requirements determined by the department:

The preliminary exam cannot be scheduled until 39 residence credits are completed as well as ALL certified coursework except for Food Sci 990 (research) and 1 credit of graded Food Sci 900 (student gives a seminar presentation and class is taken for a grade).

Time Constraints

It is expected that students will complete all degree requirements in two to three years.

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

It is expected that students will complete all degree requirements in five years.

Dissertators cannot schedule their dissertation defense sooner than six months after the actual date of passing the preliminary examination.

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination (thesis defense) and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may be required to take another preliminary examination to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Language Requirements

Food Science does not have a foreign language requirement.

Language Requirements

Food Science does not have a foreign language requirement.