DSC Curriculum & Academic Requirements

Read on to learn about the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition (DSC) Degree course descriptions, academic requirements, completion timelines, program grading scale, repeating courses, extensions, leave of absence policy, and more.

What You’ll Learn

View the in-depth curriculum, including course descriptions, course objectives, credits, exam schedules, and classes that you are required to take by clicking on the “details” link for each course shown in the table below.

The DSC Degree program has a cumulative final examination at the completion of all course work followed by a dissertation and an oral defense.

DSC 830 – GLOBAL NUTRITION POLITICS AND POLICIES details
DSC 831 – RESEARCH AND BIOETHICS details
DSC 832 – ENVIRONMENTAL NUTRITION – HEALTH IMPLICATIONS details
DSC 833 – GASTROINTESTINAL PROCESSES IN HEALTH AND DISEASE details
DSC 834 – DETOXIFICATION – FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE details
DSC 835 – INFLAMMATION, IMMUNITY AND NUTRITION details
DSC FLE – MIDTERM EXAMINATION
DSC 836 – NUTRITION, METABOLIC SYNDROME AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE details
DSC 837 – HORMONES AND NUTRITION details
DSC 838 – NUTRITION AND NEUROSCIENCE details
DSC 839 – HEALTH PROMOTION AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE details
DSC 840 – BIOSTATISTICS AND HEALTH details
DSC 841 – DIRECTED STUDY details
DSC ALE – FINAL EXAMINATION
DSC 900 – DISSERTATION SEMINAR details
DSC 901 – DOCTORAL DISSERTATION I details
DSC 902 – DOCTORAL DISSERTATION II details

Scholastic & Graduation Requirements

Students must submit assignments and complete a course in fifteen (15) weeks for the four (4) credit courses. DSC Students are expected to complete the program in sixty-seven (67) months for a 100% completion time rate and no more than one hundred one (101) months to meet the 150% completion rate. Students are encouraged to begin the subsequent course while waiting for a final grade. All DSC courses end with a proctored conference.

A total of sixty (60) credits are needed to graduate from the DSC program. A doctoral dissertation must be approved by the instructor advisor and the dissertation committee and must be satisfactorily completed. To graduate, students must complete all assignments and achieve an average grade of B or better. Students must clear all financial obligations, and their student file must be complete before the degree is awarded.

Flexible Completion Rate

Hawthorn is obligated to report graduation statistics based on formulas defined by the California Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Education (CA BPPE). Using their guidelines, a 100% completion rate for the DSC program is defined as successful completion of the program within sixty-seven (67) months. Students who complete their courses within one hundred and one (101) months are defined as 150% completers.

Most Hawthorn University students take only one course at a time. However, students can complete this program in thirty-six months if enrolled in multiple courses at the same time.

Leave of Absence

Some students may have extraordinary life circumstances that take them over published completion rates. Students are encouraged to complete coursework in a timely manner and proceed to graduation! Students experiencing extraordinary circumstances can review the leave of absence policy or petition for a program extension. Read about the policy in the catalog or the student handbook.

Course Grading Scales

Letter grades are determined according to the following scale:

Grade
Score
Description
Grade Points
A
100-94
Excellent
4.0
A-
93-90
High Quality
3.7
B+
89-87
Very Good
3.3
B
86-84
Good
3.0
B-
83-80
Acceptable
2.7
C+
79-77
Fair
2.3
C
76-73
Poor
2.0
C-
72-70
Very Poor
1.7
F
Below 69
Failure
0.0

Grade Point Average

Students in a graduate program must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above to graduate. The registrar calculates grade point averages according to the point values in the grading scale. A grade of W (Withdraw) or UW (unauthorized withdrawal) does not calculate into the GPA. Withdrawals, however, may be counted toward credits attempted for academic progress requirements.

Students who deserve recognition for excellence in academic performance will be identified at graduation with the following designations:

Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 – 4.00

Magna Cum Laude – 3.80 – 3.89

Cum Laude – 3.70 – 3.78

Repeating a Course

Students who receive an F (Fail) grade in a course may repeat that course one time in order to earn a passing grade. Failure of the same course a second time may result in dismissal from the University. GPA will be computed by the grade earned in the second attempt. Both course grades will remain on the transcript.

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