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Food Science Major

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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 apply principles of biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition and engineering to create new food products, to improve food-processing techniques and to ensure quality, safety and nutritional value of the food supply. Food scientists play a central role in optimizing the safety and quality of foods from the point of production on the farm until products reach the consumer’s plate.

Students enrolled in the food science major will have the advantage of being advised by a faculty member working in the program from day one. The advisers are readily available to students and work closely with the students throughout their academic careers. Food science students also have access to the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), known throughout the nation for its research, Extension outreach and state-of-the-art facilities. Food science laboratories are located in both FAPC and the Animal Science building.

Degree Options

Within food science, you have the opportunity to select one of four degree options (predefined emphasis area) so that your plan of study meets your needs.

  • Food Industry
    Equips you with the training 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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