Food Science employs scientific principles in the design of new food products and explores ways to process, package and preserve the thousands of food items we consume to ensure their safety and quality. In the Food Science major, students initially obtain a broad background in the sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics) as a basis for in-depth studies of the food science disciplines of food chemistry, food processing, food microbiology, and food product development. Electives provide the opportunity for course work in the areas such as business, material science or molecular biology and allow students to obtain specialized knowledge in other fields important to Food Science.
Upon graduation, job opportunities include positions within the food and allied industries, government and independent research institutions. The role of food scientist in such positions may involve product and process development, food safety, engineering, quality control and analysis, technical service and sales, with opportunities in regulatory agencies, education, and basic research. We encourage all students to participate in job-search workshops and career days, to seek internships, to develop communication skills, and to learn to network with prospective employers. This, in addition to doing well academically, greatly enhances post-graduate opportunities.
For more information on any of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources majors, contact the Office of Academic Programs at (302) 831-2508 or stop by 104 Townsend Hall.
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