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 three degree tracks: Food Science, Food Business, Culinary Science.  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.

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Major Program Requirements

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

Foundational Courses21
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
AG_EC or Business course at the 2000-level or higher3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or AG_ED_LD 2220 Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Logic course select from PHIL 2400, 2420, 2600, or 27003
Core Degree Requirements36-38
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
AG_S_M 1040Physical Principles for Agricultural Applications3
or PHYSCS 1210 College Physics I
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2030Survey of Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 2130Organic Laboratory I2
STAT 1300Elementary Statistics3
or STAT 1400 Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
Total Credits114-118

Food Science Track

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

Food Science Track Core Courses (39 credits required)
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
F_S 4330Principles of Food Processing3
F_S 4311Investigation of Food Properties3
F_S 4315Food Chemistry and Analysis Laboratory3
F_S 4375Food Microbiology Laboratory2
F_S 4380Sensory Analysis of Food and Beverages3
Capstone course
Choose either F_S 4970 or F_S 49803
Study Abroad or Internship
Choose either F_S 3190 or F_S 49413
Commodity Block
Choose two selections from the Commodity Block12
Professional Electives
Choose courses from the Professional Electives4

Food Business Track

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

Food Business Track Core Courses (39 credits required)
Business Courses
ABM 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
Accounting I
and Accounting II
ABM 3224New Products Marketing3
Ag law (choose one: AG_EC 2156, AG_EC 3256 or AG_EC 3257)3
ABM 3260General Farm Management3
ABM 3282Agribusiness Finance3
Ag Econ elective (choose one: AG_EC 2183, AG_EC 2223, AG_EC 3230, AG_EC 3150, AG_EC 3271, AG_EC 3272, AG_EC 3286, or AG_EC 3294)3
Capstone Course
Choose either F_S 4970 or F_S 49803
Study Abroad or Internship
Choose either F_S 3190 or F_S 49413
Commodity Course
Choose either F_S 4331, F_S 4344, or F_S 43453
Professional Electives
Choose courses from the list of Professional Electives6

Culinary Science Track

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

Culinary Science Track Core Courses (39 credits required)
Core Hospitality Mgmt courses
HSP_MGMT 1100Introduction to Hospitality Management3
HSP_MGMT 2100Hospitality Law3
HSP_MGMT 2300Fundamentals of the Food and Beverage Industry3
HSP_MGMT 3310Food Service Budgeting and Controls3
Core Food Science courses
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
F_S 4330Principles of Food Processing3
F_S 4380Sensory Analysis of Food and Beverages3
Capstone course
Choose either F_S 4970 or F_S 4980 and HSP_MGMT 43803
Study Abroad or Internship
Choose either F_S 3190 or F_S 49413
Commodity Course
Choose one of F_S 3214, F_S 3231 or F_S 43453
Professional Electives
Choose courses from the Professional Electives9

Commodity Blocks

Select two pairs of courses to fulfill science track requirements

F_S 3214Principles of Meat Science (AND)3
F_S 4344Processing Muscle Foods3
F_S 3231Principles of Dairy Foods Science (AND)3
F_S 4331Technology of Dairy Products and Ingredients3
F_S 2195Grapes and Wines of the World (AND)3
F_S 4345Principles of Viticulture and Winemaking3

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 3190Study Abroad: International Meat, Dairy and Enology3
F_S 3210Kitchen Chemistry3
F_S 3385Problems in Food Science1-99
F_S 4301Topics in Food Science1-99
F_S 4354Physiology and Biochemistry of Muscle as Food3
F_S 4385Problems in Food Science1-99
F_S 4390Optimization and Management of Food and Agricultural Systems3
F_S 4941Internship in Food Science or any FS course not yet fulfilling a requirement3


Select electives to fulfill 120 credits with the following as recommended courses

SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
RU_SOC 1000Rural Sociology3
AFNR 1115Foundations for College Success1
GEOG 1600Climate Change: Science and Public Policy3
AFNR 3215Community Food Systems3

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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
AFNR 11151CHEM 13304
F_S 10303ENGLSH 10003
MATH 11003MATH 1400 or 15003
CHEM 13204BIO_SC 15005
 14 15
Second Year
Humanities Elective3AG_S_M 10403
Food Science Commodity Course3F_S 21723
Electives3BIOCHM 36303
CHEM 20303COMMUN 12003
CHEM 21302Food Science Commodity Course3
 14 15
Third Year
ABM 10413NEP 23403
STAT 14003F_S 21991
F_S 43703F_S 43153
F_S 43752F_S 49803
Psychology, Sociology or Rural Sociology3Food Science Commodity Course3
 Professional Elective3
 14 16
Fourth Year
F_S 41991F_S 31903
F_S 43104F_S 43113
F_S 43303F_S 43803
F_S 49703Ag Econ course3
Food Science Commodity Course3Elective3
Philosophy course3 
 17 15
Total Credits: 120

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