Food Science - BS

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Degree

Food Science feeds the minds to feed a hungry world. Food Science students study the chemical and physical composition of food and food ingredients to understand how best to preserve, process, package, and distribute foods that are nutritious, wholesome, affordable, desirable, sustainable and safe to eat. Because the food industry is the largest industry in the world, food scientists are in high demand.

Food Scientists are passionate about food and passionate about science. Food Scientists integrate a broad range of core scientific disciplines (including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition and health, and engineering) to solve real problems associated with the many facets of the food system. Food Science graduates find rewarding careers in food engineering and processing, food quality control and assurance, food sustainability and policy, food product formulation and new product development, and food microbiology and safety.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in food sciences, students may be qualified for the following careers:

  • Fermentation Scientist
  • Food Safety Specialist
  • Product Development Food Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Flavor Technologist
  • Food Safety/Quality Assurance Manager
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Development Food Scientist
  • Quality Assurance Manager

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We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

  • Freshman: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to these emphases.

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