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Celebrating our December graduates!

We are very proud of you all!


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Student Spotlight

I can say now with confidence, that food science was the right choice, and I have found people like me who have the same passion.

Dawn Kocurek, Senior, Undergraduate Student

Alumni Spotlight

It has provided a foundation in the scientific principles of food systems and a fascination for how food is produced.

Caleb James, Class of 2012
Food Safety Compliance Specialist, Washington State Department of Agriculture

Faculty Spotlight

I am focused on helping students discover and explore food science. Understanding the multidisciplinary nature of this area of science opens many doors for students, especially for those unsure of their career goals.

Dr. Thuy Bernhard, SFS Clinical Assistant Professor

What is Food Science?

Students using the extruder.If you see it on the grocery shelf, a food scientist was involved. Call it a food technologist or a “food nerd”, but it doesn’t get much better than getting paid to eat your own science experiment.

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Discover a Wide Range of Careers

The ever-expanding field of food science encompasses a wide range of careers in food-related work, the nation’s largest occupational sector. Food scientists are vintners, cheese makers, food safety experts, and product developers. These are just a few of the career options available with a degree from the School of Food Science.

Students graduating from the School of Food Science are in high demand in every aspect of the food and wine industry. Graduates have their pick of jobs in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.