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Food Science Major

Food scientists ensure the safety and quality of foods from the point of production on the farm until products reach the consumer’s plate. 


The study of food science includes all types of foods, such as dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, and further processed foods that you find in grocery stores and restaurants.


Food scientists create new food products, improve food-processing techniques and ensure the quality, safety and nutritional value of the food supply.


Food science students in class.

Degree Options

Within the food science major, students select an option (predefined emphasis area) so that their plan of study meets their needs.

  • Food Industry

    Train to advance in various segments of food production and processing and related industries.

  • Food Safety

    Combines knowledge of food science with critical issues relating to food safety, government regulations and food safety programs being required by government and industry leaders.

  • Meat Science

    Trains you to enter all aspects of the meat industry including animal harvesting and fabrication, processed meats, food microbiology and product development.

  • Science

    Prepares you for the scientific and technical challenges of the modern food industry while also giving you the foundation to further your education by pursuing a graduate or post-secondary degree.


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