The University of Idaho and Washington State University have a cooperative program in food science that allows graduate students from both universities to participate in a joint curriculum. Our students interact with faculty at both universities allowing for a more diverse education and access to research facilities at both institutions.
Demand for food scientists with graduate degrees is high. Graduates are employed in the food industry in research and development, food process development, food safety, quality assurance, analytical sciences and managerial positions. Recent graduates have found employment with major food companies like H.J. Heinz Co., J.R. Simplot Co., Lamb Weston, Kraft Foods, and Litehouse Foods. Many M.S. graduates continue on for a Ph.D. in preparation for a career in academia. Students also find employment with the federal agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture.
WSU and UI each offer Masters and Doctoral degrees in Food Science.
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Departmental research programs include:
- studies of the genetic/metabolic engineering of microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria, for bio-preservation of food products
- conversion of biomass, such as potato processing waste, to valuable fuels and chemicals
- development of new processes and technologies to improve the microbial safety of foods
- investigations into mechanism(s) of action of food borne anti-toxicants that may improve human health or reduce chronic human disease
- investigation of soft wheat and potato quality, functionality, and end-use potential
- assessment of starch behavior and function in food processing operations
- utilization of novel protein and starch ingredients in food systems
Master’s in Food Science and Management – Online
A Master of Science in Agriculture program offers a new specialization that combines food science expertise with management education. This master’s program is completely online and is offered jointly by Washington State University and the University of Idaho. more
Student Learning Outcomes – MS and PhD Food Science
- Graduate students will be able to conduct innovative and high quality research to solve emerging problems in food science by:
- Demonstrating a fundamental understanding of food science knowledge and principles
- Applying scientific knowledge to assess and solve food science problems
- Exhibiting communication skills to convey technical information and defending scientific findings.
- Designing and conducting scientific experiments and analyzing research findings
- Graduates will have the professional and leadership skills for entry-level positions in food and allied industries, government or academia.