Food Safety

Interdepartmental Minor in Food Safety

The minor requires at least 15 credits, including at least 6 credits taken at Iowa State University in courses numbered 300 or above. The minor must include at least 9 credits that are not used to meet any other college or university requirement. All courses must be taken for a grade.

Along with the courses listed below, students must meet all of the corresponding pre-requisites*

Typical courses needed to meet pre-requisites for the Food Safety Minor can include, but are not limited to: BIOL 212/L, MICRO 201/L or 302/L, or 177/L, a Physics course, and/or FS HN, MICRO, HORT, AN S, or HSP M courses. Students should carefully check the Iowa State University Catalog to ensure that they know course prerequisites, understand the sequence of the courses, and develop a plan for completing all pre-requisites and requirements by their planned graduation dates.

2023-2024 Catalog requirements

FS HN 101 (or HSP M 233)3
FS HN 4203
FS HN 4032
FS HN/AN S/HSP M/VDPAM 489 (May substitute HSP M 133 or 233 IF FS HN 101 is selected instead of HSP 233.)1
Select 3 additional credits from each of the following areas:
-Food Microbiology Area***
-Food Processing Area
FS HN 207, 305, FS HN 471, 472; AN S 270 and 270L; AN S 360
Total Credits:15

***Food Science and Microbiology majors may petition to substitute a Consumer/Social Issues course (Econ 135) for a food Microbiology elective since these students will already have taken most of the food Microbiology area electives as part of their major.

Prerequisite guide for courses included in the minor:

FS HN 101 High school biology and chemistry or 3 credits of each
FS HN 4033 credits in food science coursework at 200 level or above
FS HN 471A B E 451 or CH E 357 or FS HN 351
FS HN 472FS HN 471
FS HN/MICRO/Tox 420MICRO 201 or 302
FS HN/MICRO 421MICRO 201 or 302; MICRO 201L or 302L; credit or enrollment in FS HN/MICRO 420
FS HN/MICRO 407MICRO 201 or 302
AN S 270 and 270LBIOL 212, CHEM 163, CHEM 167 or CHEM 177
AN S 360AN S 270; (BBMB 221 or CHEM 331)
HSP M 233 None
MICRO 310MICRO 302 (or MICRO 201 if a B or better was obtained)

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