Courses & Electives

The 30 credit curriculum for the Online Master of Science in Food Safety program is broken into three parts.

1. Core requirements (15 credits).  These include science courses covering food microbiology, toxicology, and epidemiology.  Additional core requirements include either U.S. or international food laws and regulations and an orientation course.

2. The Plan B Applied Research Project (6 credits).  This portion of the degree includes a preliminary research methods course (VM 830 Food Safety Research Methods) and completion the final project (VM 815 Applied Food Safety) .

3. Electives (9 credits).  Students are able to choose courses specific to their individual interests and will find that the program offers a large selection of relevant and current topics.

Core Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits Semester
VM 810 Intro to Food Safety & Prof Development Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
VM 811 Evolution and Ecology of Foodborne Pathogens Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
VM 812 Food Safety Toxicology Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
VM 831 Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
FSC 810* International Food Laws & Regulations Description 3* Fall, Spring
FSC 811* U.S. Food Laws & Regulations Description 3* Fall, Spring
VM 830 Food Safety Research Methods Description 3 Fall, Summer
VM 815 Applied Project in Food Safety Description 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
Elective Courses
Course Code Course Name Credits Semester
VM 813 (s730) Special Studies in Food Safety Description 1-3 Fall, Spring, Summer
VM 814 Packaging for Food Safety Description 3 Summer
VM 817 Livestock Pre-harvest Food Safety Description 3 Spring
VM 821 Food Protection & Defense Description 3 Fall
VM 824 Global Food Safety Description 3 Fall
VM 825 Quantifying Food Risk Description 3 Fall
VM 826 Creating a Food Safety Culture Description 3 Summer
VM 827 FSMA/HACCP Description 3 Spring
VM 834 Current Issues in Food Safety Description 1-9 Fall, Spring, Summer
VM 835 Food Safety for Produce Description 3 Spring
VM 840 Anti-Counterfeit Strategy & Product Protection Description 3 Summer

*One of either FSC 810 or FSC 811 is required, not both.  You may choose one as a core class and choose the other as an elective if desired.

Credit Summary: 21 core credits + 9 elective credits  = 30 credits

Electives may be chosen from partnering online programs at MSU. For a full list of approved elective courses please contact the program’s academic advisor, Heather Ricks, at ricksh@msu.edu.