University Academic Catalog
This catalog describes the academic policies and requirements for all degree programs on the BYU-I campus, and contains lists of courses offered in other majors (e.g., animal science, chemistry, business management, etc.) that may serve as possible elective courses for your major in Food Science.
Plan Your Major
If you need any help while planning or exploring your major, below are some additional links that can help:
This tool will help you plan out all your classes and develop an overall semester to semester plan to complete your Food Science degree.
Access additional information related to majors, clusters, and minors for help in planning your major.
If you have specific questions about your major or would need other personal guidance, there are individuals that can directly assist you.
Recommended Course Sequence
Here you will find recommended Food Science course sequences for each of the three tracks offered at BYU-Idaho. These documents will serve as guide as you develop your graduation plan, and will help ensure that all required classes are taken in an order that allows course prerequisites to be met as you progress towards graduation.
There are five different program options or “Emphases” within the Food Science degree, with each offering a slightly different career focus. All majors, regardless of the chosen “Emphasis,” will take the same Food Science core courses and obtain the same Food Science degree. “Emphases” differ only in the secondary or specialized course options that are needed to complete the Food Science degree.
Unless you already have a specific career path in mind, it is recommended that you start off in either the Science or Technology “Emphasis.” There is later opportunity to switch to another “Emphasis” should your career plans change or evolve. If you have questions, please make a point to discuss these options with your Faculty Mentor.
After 2019 Enrollment
This emphasis provides a strong background in math and science for those students pursuing either an entry-level job in the food industry or planning to pursue graduate studies after completion of the undergraduate degree. This program is designed to meet entrance requirements for most graduate programs in Food Science.
This emphasis offers a less rigorous math/science option for students singularly seeking an entry-level job in the food industry. This option does not prevent an individual from pursuing a graduate degree, though some make-up of deficient courses during graduate study might be required depending on the graduate program.
This emphasis allows those students with an interest in Dietetics to enroll in the Food Science program, with the possibility of transferring to the Dietetics program at Idaho State University (ISU). After three years at BYU-Idaho, students may apply to the ISU program for year four to complete a Dietetics degree (a 3+1 collaborative program). Alternatively, students may elect to remain at BYU-Idaho for year four to complete Food Science degree requirements, with a strong emphasis in nutrition. It is strongly recommended that students work closely with campus advising to ensure that all needed requirements are met.
This emphasis provides those students that have an interest in managing people or working on the business side of the food industry with course offerings in human resource management, accounting, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, sales, etc. It may also serve as a springboard for those desiring to pursue an MBA professional degree after graduation.
Health Science Emphasis
This emphasis provides a Food Science degree path for those students preparing for entrance into post-graduate health science professional programs (e.g., dental, medical school, etc.), offering a secondary Food Science career option should professional school plans change or fail to materialize. It is very important for students to work closely with campus advising to ensure that professional school entrance requirements are met.
Alternatively, this emphasis is an attractive degree option for students exiting medical science majors in pursuit of a Food Science career option, allowing accumulated health science course credits to be captured and applied toward a Food Science degree.