The Department of Plant Sciences offers a four-year curriculum in Food Science leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.
The Food Science major provides students with the skills necessary to be successful in a career that provides people with safe, nutritious, high quality foods and lifelong learning through research, teaching and outreach activities. It is designed to prepare students for a career in the “world’s largest industry,” the food industry, which is responsible for feeding the world.
The program is structured to help students develop an understanding of the nature, properties, and characteristics of foods through foundational courses in biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, physics and other sciences. Food Science courses are built on this foundation and provide in-depth focus on these core areas as they relate to foods.
Applications include the study of food safety, engineering, processing, preservation, sanitation, nutrition, storage, and marketing of foods. The analysis and microbiological and biochemical characterization of food products are also studied. Additional elective courses in economics and business administration are available to students intending to enter a management career.
The Food Science program is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists, a national food science organization.