If you’re interested in studying the process of food from the time it leaves the farm until consumers buy the food products, then the food science major may be your perfect fit. Food scientists apply basic science (chemistry, biology, physics) to improve food quality, safety, and nutrition and to develop new food products.
The food science program is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists, and students take courses focused on food chemistry, food microbiology, food quality assurance, sensory evaluation of food, and food product development. Graduates have secured positions in the food industry, sales and marketing, food processing, biotechnology, government, and research.
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Students have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) concurrently with the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in food science. The program is designed so students can earn the BS in food science and MBA in five years, to meet the needs of students who are interested in management careers in the food industry. Students apply for admission to the MBA program in the spring of the third year. The program for concurrent BS in food science/MBA degrees is a rigorous 5-year program, and admission is very selective.
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Accelerated Degree Option
An accelerated degree option is available for the food science program.
Careers and Internships
Food scientists work in food industry, academia, and non-profit and government institutions. A food science degree can lead to positions focused on:
- Food quality and microbiology
- Food engineering
- Product development
- Food chemistry
- Sensory science
- Food marketing and sales
For more information about careers in food science, view the following websites of the Institute of Food Technologists:
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