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Food Safety

The food safety major is an interdisciplinary program oriented toward the single issue of food safety, an area of concern around the world; the current target of tremendous interest, effort and spending nationwide; and an area in which shortages of expertise are manifest. Foodborne illness exacts a high tariff on the public's peace of mind, health and pocketbook. Uneasiness with our food supply has resulted in a national food safety initiative that affects every aspect of the food chain, from farm to fork. However, the promise of this initiative cannot be realized without individuals with expertise in food safety able to troubleshoot safety issues as they arise. The lack of individuals with food safety expertise is becoming increasingly evident in government, business and academia. This void is widespread and exists in many professions, including veterinary medicine, public information services, food/retail/service, education, agriculture and public health.

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The Program

This program presents students with an opportunity to gain an education with a novel, integrated food safety curriculum designed to provide them with the necessary knowledge and requisite problem-solving skills to thrive in tomorrow's food-related workplace. Potential emphasis areas for electives include production, processing, science, economic/social and retail/consumer.

The Curriculum

The food safety program has a core of nine credits in food safety, which are offered online as individual one-credit modules. For the minor, an additional five credit hours must come from approved electives.

Career Opportunities

The Great Plains Institute of Food Safety claims one of the most comprehensive and integrated food safety educational programs in the country. Students completing this program will have a unique and highly desirable credential, which will likely provide them a competitive edge in the marketplace. Careers can be found in local, state and federal agencies, public health, academia and industry.

The Program Organization

The Director of the Great Plains Institute of Food Safety administers the interdisciplinary food safety academic program. The Great Plains Institute of Food Safety consists of faculty participants from the college of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering and Architecture; Human Development and Education; and Science and Mathematics. The undergraduate food safety program reports to the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources.

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements

Credits

_______________________________________________________

First Year Experience

  Agri. 189 - Skills for Academic Success

1

Communication

  Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

  Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  English Upper Level Writing Course

3

Quantitative Reasoning

  Stat. 330 - Introductory to Statistics

3

Science & Technology

  Chem. 121, 121L - General Chemistry and Lab

3, 1

  Chem. 122, 122L - General Chemistry and Lab

3, 1

  Phys. 211, 211L - College Physics I and Lab

3, 1

Humanities & Fine Arts

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences Sciences

  Econ. 201 - Principles of Microeconomics

3

  Econ. 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics

3

Wellness

2

Cultural Diversity

-

Global Perspective

-

  Econ. 201 - Principles of Microeconomics

-

Total

40

Major Requirements

Credits

_______________________________________________________

Agri. 150 - Agriculture Orientation

1

ANSC 340 - Principles of Meat Science

3

CFS 200 - Introduction to Food Systems or
   CFS 210 - Introduction to Food Science and Technology


3 or 2

CFS 460, 461 - Food Chemistry and Lab or
   CFS 464 - Food Analysis


3, 1 or 3

CFS 370 - Food Processing I or
   CFS 470, 471 - Food Processing II and Lab


3 or 3, 1

Micr. 350, 350L - General Microbiology I and Lab

3, 2

SAFE 401 - Food Safety Information and Flow of Food

1

SAFE 402 - Foodborne Hazards

1

SAFE 403 - Food Safety Risk Assessment

1

SAFE 404 - Epidemiology of Foodborne Illness

1

SAFE 405 - Costs of Food Safety

1

SAFE 406 - Food Safety Crisis Communication

1

SAFE 407 - Food Safety Risk Management

1

SAFE 408 - Food Safety Regulatory Issues

1

SAFE 409 - Food Safety Risk Communication and
  Education

1

SAFE 452 - Food Laws and Regulations

3

SAFE/Micr. 474 - Epidemiology

3

SAFE 484 - Food Safety Practicum

1-3

SAFE/Comm. 485 - Crisis Communication

3

Total

35-40

Related Requirements

Credits

_______________________________________________________

Bioc. 260 - Elements of Biochemistry or
  Bioc. 460 - Found of Biochemistry and Molecular
   Biology I



3 or 4

Biol. 150, 150L - General Biology I and Lab

3, 1

Chem. 341, 341L - Organic Chemistry and Lab

3, 1

Math. 105 - Trigonometry or
  Math. 146 - Applied Calculus I or
   Math. 165 - Calculus I



3 or 4

Electives

29-36

Total

42-51

CURRICULUM TOTAL

128

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Contact Information

School of Food Systems/Great Plains Institute of Food Safety
Deland J Myers Sr., Professor and Director
North Dakota State University
Harris Hall 110
Dept. 7640
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9450 / Fax: (701) 231-5171
E-mail: Deland.Myers@ndsu.edu
Web:  www.ag.ndsu.edu/foodsafety/

Office of Admission
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