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Bachelor of Science
Food Sciences: Health Science (B.S.)
Food Science is simply the science of food, involving chemistry, biology/microbiology, nutrition, and engineering principles applied to food.
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Gain Hands-On Experience
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 other science-focused career options, allowing accumulated health science course credits to be captured and applied toward a Food Science degree.

Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Food Science have a wide array of rewarding job possibilities and can find ones that match their individual interests. Food scientists are employed in food companies, universities, and government agencies. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Food Product Development
Collaborate with a team to create new or improve existing food products with respect to novelty, quality, safety, affordability, and/or nutritional content.
Quality Assurance/Food Safety
Monitor and ensure the quality and safety of food products for consumer markets utilizing scientific methods and techniques.
Sensory Science
Apply principles of sensory evaluation (taste testing) to characterize food attributes (aroma, taste, texture) and test food products for consumer appeal.
Food Processing/Engineering
Oversee/manage daily plant operations; improve and design efficient, sustainable food processes and packaging operations; scale up new processes/products for large-scale plant production.
Conduct research in a university, government, or industry setting to develop new technologies, ingredients, or processes that enhance the quality, safety, and nutrition of foods.
Work within a government agency (e.g., FDA, USDA) to ensure safe and adequate processing of food products and to help establish public policy that improves food safety and quality.

Getting Started in this degree

If you are interested in Food and Health Science, start with one of the following major-specific courses

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