Culinary Food Science
If you like to experiment with food and enjoy creating delicious and innovative recipes, this major might be right for you. It is a food science-based degree in which you build a strong foundation in science while learning basic culinary skills.
You will study food chemistry, nutrition, and food microbiology, as well as food safety, sanitation, quantity food production, and fine dining management with courses in food science, human nutrition, and hospitality management.
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Accelerated Degree Option
An accelerated degree option is available for the culinary food science program.
Careers and Internships
As a culinary food scientist, you will be prepared for employment in food research and development, food marketing, test kitchens, and much more. You’ll gain real-world experience by completing an internship in food science or the culinary industry. For examples of student internships, check out our Career Connections profiles.
Your Internship Handbook for your academic internship will be your guide throughout the program. It includes your checklist, approval, journal, and cooperating supervisor evaluation forms as well as a detailed description of the internship requirements. Once you accept an internship opportunity, report it to Career Services as well as your internship coordinator.
Prepare for your next job or internship with Career Services, where staff help you with job searches, interview preparation, and resume/cover letter review. As a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the College of Human Sciences, use the career services offices associated with your college.
“When I stumbled upon the culinary science program at Iowa State, I definitely knew that it was the right fit because it combined food and the science behind it."View