Prospective Students

What Is Food Science?

Food Science is a multidisciplinary field where chemistry, biology, engineering, microbiology, and psychology intersect in order to provide safe, delicious, and nutritious foods. It is easy to see why it is such a draw since there is something for everyone.

Career Fields

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Product Development

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Food Manufacturing

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Quality Assurance

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Food Engineering

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Sensory Science

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Food Chemistry

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Food Safety & Microbiology

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Regulatory Compliance

Our Degree Options

Undergraduate Programs

Food Science is the scientific discipline supporting the food and beverage industry. Food Science is a multidisciplinary field that applies biology, chemistry, microbiology, physics, engineering, nutrition, and other sciences to improve the safety and quality of food products; develop new food products; and design new, safer, and more energy efficient food preservation methods.

Graduate Programs

Graduates are employed in the food industry in research and development, food process development, food safety, quality assurance, analytical sciences and managerial positions. Many MS graduates continue on for a PhD in preparation for a career in academia. We have in-person and online option for pursuing a MS and an in-person option for pursuing a PhD.

Alumni’s Career Choices

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, Lucks Food Decorating Company, Tacoma, Washington

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

Student Resources

Student Clubs

Find out more about the Food Science student clubs. Some of these clubs participate in national contests.

Internships & Jobs

Apply to a variety of internships and job opportunities to help further your professional development in the Food Science field!

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