BS in Food Science and Nutrition

Degree Program Description

From creating low-fat ice cream flavors that don’t taste low-fat, to developing packaging that protects food from E. coli and other pathogens, food scientists work to ensure the foods that fill your shopping cart are safe, nutritious and delicious.  Food Science and Nutrition uses the latest in food manufacturing to turn agricultural commodities into products that consumers want to buy.  A degree in food science and nutrition provides the skills needed to succeed in a variety of food science careers.  The degree can be individualized by choosing between two degree tracks: Food Science and Food Business.  Some careers include Food technologist, product developers and quality assurance supervisors.  Food technologists are employed by some of the world’s largest and most respected private industry companies, including Del Monte Foods, General Mills, H.J. Heinz and Kellogg.  They apply the principles of many scientific disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, molecular biology, nutrition and microbiology to the challenges of food production.  Product developers find employment with many of the same companies as food technologists.  Their job, however, focuses more on other aspects of food manufacturing such as consumer acceptability, economics, production feasibility and marketing. Developers also explore new ways to enhance nutritional value and health benefits.  Quality assurance supervisors work in private industry but also are employed by government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.  They are responsible for reviewing safety and manufacturing protocol to ensure that the food you eat is safe and of the highest quality. The Food Science track is highly science-based and can be adapted for students seeking to enter a professional degree program such as Medicine, Veterinary, Dental or similar program as well as a step towards an M.S. or Ph.D. in Food Science or a related field.

Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition are required to complete all University general education, University graduation, and degree requirements, including foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like to information on how they apply to a degree program(s), you can email CAFNRadvising@missouri.edu for general recommendations.

Foundational Courses
MATH 1100College Algebra3
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
ABM or Business course at the 2000-level or higher3
AGSC_COM 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or AGSC_COM 2220H Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources - Honors
or COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking
ABM 3241WEthical Issues in Agriculture - Writing Intensive3
or PHIL 2400 Ethics and the Professions
or PHIL 2420 Ethical Issues in Business
or PHIL 2440 Medical Ethics
or PHIL 2600 Rational Decisions
or PHIL 2900 Environmental Ethics
Core Degree Requirements
F_S 1030Food Science and Nutrition3
F_S 2172Elements of Food Microbiology3
F_S 2199Seminar in Professional Development1
F_S 4199Food Industry Senior Seminar1
F_S 4310Food Chemistry and Analysis4
F_S 4370Food Microbiology3
F_S 4980Food Quality Assurance3
AG_S_TCH 1040Physical Principles for Agricultural Applications3
or PHYSCS 1210 College Physics I
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2030Survey of Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 2130Organic Laboratory I2
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
ABM 2123Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 3
or ABM 2225 Statistical Analysis
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
AFNR 2191International Agriculture and Natural Resources - Humanities3
or AFNR 2190 International Agriculture and Natural Resources
or F_S 4941 Internship in Food Science
CAPSTONE
F_S 4970WFood Product Development - Writing Intensive3

Food Science Track

(Note: Tracks are not listed on transcripts or diplomas.)

Food Science Track Core Courses (30 credits required)
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
F_S 4330Principles of Food Processing3
or F_S 4160 Food Process Engineering
F_S 4311Investigation of Food Properties3
F_S 4315WFood Chemistry and Analysis Laboratory - Writing Intensive3
F_S 4375Food Microbiology Laboratory2
F_S 4380Sensory Analysis of Food and Beverages3
Commodity Block
Choose two selections from the Commodity Block12
Professional Electives
Choose courses from the Professional Electives3

Food Business Track

(Note: Tracks are not listed on transcripts or diplomas.)

Food Business Track Core Courses (30 credits required)
Business Courses
ABM 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
ACCTCY 2036Accounting I3
or ACCTCY 2037 Accounting II
ABM 3224New Products Marketing3
ABM 3260General Farm Management3
ABM 3256Agribusiness and Biotechnology Law3
FINANC 2000Survey of Business Finance3
Ag Business elective (choose one: ABM 2183, ABM 2223, ABM 3230, ABM 3150, ABM 3271, ABM 3272, ABM 3286, or ABM 3294)3
Commodity Course
Choose either F_S 4331, F_S 4344, or F_S 43453
Professional Electives
Choose courses from the list of Professional Electives6

Commodity Blocks

Select two pairs of courses to fulfill science track requirements

F_S 3214
F_S 4344
Principles of Meat Science
and Processing Muscle Foods
6
F_S 3231
F_S 4331
Principles of Dairy Foods Science
and Technology of Dairy Products and Ingredients
6
F_S 2195
F_S 4345
Grapes and Wines of the World
and Principles of Viticulture and Winemaking
6

Professional Electives

Select courses from this list to fulfill specific track requirements

F_S 1020World Food and You3
F_S 2131Dairy Products Evaluation2
F_S 3210Kitchen Chemistry3
F_S 3385Problems in Food Science1-3
F_S 4301Topics in Food Science1-3
F_S 4354Physiology and Biochemistry of Muscle as Food3
F_S 4385Problems in Food Science1-3
F_S 4390Optimization and Management of Food and Agricultural Systems3

Electives

Electives to fulfill 120 credits with the following as suggested courses:

PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
RU_SOC 1000Rural Sociology3
or SOCIOL 1000 Introduction to Sociology
GEOG 1600Climate Change: Science and Public Policy3

Accelerated BS to MS in Food and Hospitality Systems

The accelerated BS to MS in Food and Hospitality Systems allows students to complete a bachelors and masters degree within five years.  Students will need to select the Food Science and Nutrition track in the MS in Food and Hospitality Systems.  Eligible students will need to complete at least 90 credit hours, (including all general education and academic course requirements), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Each student will be accepted by at least one graduate faculty advisor who will advise and mentor the student from when they are a Provisional Graduate Student (year 1) until completion of the MS program.  Once students complete 120 credit hours, they will be conferred the BS degree.   

Students accepted to the program may enroll in up to 15 credit hours of graduate level courses, (7000 or 8000 level), during their Provisional Graduate year that will count towards both their BS and MS degrees as shared credits.  The remaining 15 credit hours of graduate credit will be completed during their Graduate Student year (year 2) for a total of 30 graduate credit hours.  At least 15 credit hours must be at the 8000 level or higher.

Total credits required for graduation must be at least 138 total credit hours.

  • Total undergraduate credits: 120
  • Total dual credits: 12-15
  • Total graduate credits: 30
First Year (as Provisional Graduate Student)12-15
7000 level courses 112-15
Second Year (as Graduate Student)15-18
STAT 7070Statistical Methods for Research3
F_S 8402Research Methods in Food Science2
F_S 8087Seminar in Food Science1
F_S 8090Research in Food Science6
or AG_S_TCH 8090 Thesis Research in Agricultural Systems Technology
8000 level courses 16

Requirements for Thesis/Non-Thesis

Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option.  Students must take at least 6 credit hours of research credit (F_S 8090 or AG_S_TCH 8090) for either option.  

Thesis Option: Students conduct independent research on a topic approved by the students advisor and graduate committee.  Students present and defend their theses, and complete a manuscript on their research that is suitable for publication at the end of their program.

Non-Thesis Option: Students conduct independent research on a topic approved by the students advisor and graduate committee.  Students present their research and write a technical report on their research at the end of their program.    

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study for the Food Science Track, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
F_S 10303CHEM 13304
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003
CHEM 13204MATH 1400 or 15003
MO STATE LAW3BIO_SC 15005
 13 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Humanities Elective3AG_S_TCH 10403
Food Science Commodity Course3F_S 21723
Electives3BIOCHM 36303
CHEM 20303Food Science Commodity Course3
CHEM 21302AGSC_COM 22203
F_S 21991 
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ABM 10413NEP 23403
STAT 14003F_S 21991
F_S 43703F_S 49803
F_S 43752F_S 4315W3
Psychology, Sociology or Rural Sociology3Food Science Commodity Course3
 Professional Elective3
 14 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
F_S 41991F_S 31903
F_S 43104F_S 43113
F_S 43303F_S 43803
Food Science Commodity Course3ABM course3
F_S 4970W3Elective3
Philosophy course3 
 17 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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