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Food Science Major

Ensuring healthier, safer food

Each food product on the grocery store shelves was conceptualized, developed and manufactured by a team of food scientists. The ever-changing food industry must meet the demands of consumers, meet dietary guidelines for health maintenance and still be profitable for manufacturers.

To accomplish these objectives, food scientists use their scientific training within the multi-billion dollar food industry. Food Science graduates are prepared to enter many areas of the food industry, including quality control, research and development, and management.

As a student in food science, you’ll have the opportunities to be a part of the food industry through internships and other problem-solving experiences linked directly to industry needs and issues. You’ll also have access to undergraduate research experiences that will prepare you for work on graduate or professional degrees.


What you will study

The food science major blends a strong foundation in the basic sciences with the expertise of faculty from the departments of animal sciences, poultry science, and biosystems engineering.

Food science is a multidisciplinary scientific field where concepts of chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, engineering and nutrition are utilized to develop and produce foods that are safe, palatable, healthy and economical.

After completing coursework in the basic sciences, you’ll take specialized courses in food chemistry, food analysis, food engineering, food microbiology, processing and product development. An internship or other approved practical experience is required for the food science major and you may also participate in a variety of undergraduate research opportunities as a student in food science.


What can I do with a Major in Food Science?

  • Quality Control Management
  • Nutrition Science & Research
  • Food Packaging Design & Development
  • Process Design, Development & Management
  • Natural Products R&D
  • Food Safety
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Production Engineering
  • Food Production Management
  • Public Health

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