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Prospective Students

No matter what stage you’re at in the decision-making process regarding your career, we know it can be confusing. If you’re in high school and just beginning to look at colleges, or you are deciding what school to get your graduate degree from, we want to help you!

Tour the School of Food Science!

Learn all about the School of Food Science from the people who know it best…the students, faculty and alumni! Take a virtual tour of our facilities and hear all about our joint program between Washington State University and the University of Idaho. Check out our classes, labs, student activities, career possibilities and internships… everything you’d want to know as a prospective student.

A World Without Food Science

World Without Food Science™ is a public education campaign created by the Institute of Food Technologists to generate awareness of the role that food science plays in ensuring a nutritious, safe and abundant food supply.

This awareness initiative is designed to help the public understand where their food comes from so they can make informed decisions about the food they eat every day. As part of this effort, IFT provides practical consumer tips at

A day in the life of a food packaging professional

“I certainly would encourage students to pursue a career in Food Science, Food Technology, or Food Engineering. We’re definitely facing a growth in the world population, so the need to be innovation and create new foods that are nutritious, taste good, are are cost effective, is paramount.” Brian Thane, Director Aseptic Technology, Tetra Pak Inc.  See more videos

Get a B.S. degree in Food Science

Choose the new degree option of Food Science at UI: Dairy Foods Management, or at WSU choose the new degree option of Food Science: Fermentation Science!

Alumni talk about their career choice

“I am glad that I majored in food science because I have been able to help ensure that my company produces safe items that everyone will feel confident to eat.” – Megan Leifson, Technical Services Manager, Stone Mill Foods; Kent, WA

“I have often realized that I made a great career choice! The collaboration of technical, marketing, and sales people provide a very intriguing work environment.” – Patrick Lathrop, Group Leader Research & Development, Bunge Foods; Seattle, WA

“Choosing a career in food science was easy for me; I love my job and enjoy seeing the results of my efforts in the retail market.” – Craig H. Doan, Food Technologist, Heinz Frozen Food Company, Ore-Ida; Ontario, OR

“If you enjoy overcoming challenges using knowledge, creativity, and ingenuity, then you may find a career in food product development is for you! I’ve always been struck by the pride and joy I feel when I see people using and enjoying products I have helped to create.” – Barrie Froseth, Development Leader, General Mills, Inc.; Minneapolis, MN