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Watch School of Food Science senior, Emma Kadyk, hand craft chocolate covered strawberries!

Student Spotlight

My Dad is a senior food scientist and growing up I would attend take your kid to work day. I loved how innovative and hands-on his job is. Ever since then, I knew I would love the food science industry. My senior year of high school I met with Jodi to tour about the food science program here at WSU. I had such a great experience that I accepted my admission that same day.

Kiera Henderson, Undergraduate student, Class of 2021

Alumni Spotlight

My degree has helped me not only by finding a job, but also in developing connections with people from across the industry and providing the knowledge necessary to move quickly into positions of leadership and responsibility.

Ryan Kowalski, Ph.D., Class of 2017, Food Extrusion Specialist, CW Brabender Instruments, Inc.

Faculty Spotlight

Stephanie Smith's official headshotI teach ‘Intro to Food Science’ (FS 110) in the fall, ‘Topics in Food Science -Produce Safety’ (FS 401) each in the fall and spring, and ‘Oral Seminar in Food Science’ (FS 418) in the spring. I am also the WSU Extension Consumer Food Safety Specialist.

Dr. Stephanie Smith, Assistant Professor & Consumer Food Safety Specialist

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.