Food Science

Food Science

The Food Science major provides a strong scientific foundation and applies it to food. You’ll learn about chemistry, microbiology, physics and technology as they relate to the scientific components of food, and to the creation of food.

Food Scientists can transform raw materials into new food products. For example, corn can be changed into a beverage, seaweed into salad dressing, milk into cheese. Or existing foods can be improved so they're safer, more convenient, more nutritious, or just tastier. You too can do these things through the Food Science major!

What can I specialize in with this major?

Most Food Science majors take coursework that meets the learning objectives of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). The IFT is an international professional organization that sets the global standard for Food Science degrees. By following this track of coursework (Track A), graduates are prepared for many professional opportunities in relation to food and science.

What jobs can I get with this major?

Food Science majors go on to careers in food production, processing, and research and development for new food products, as well as the research and monitoring of food safety, and much more.

Typical employers are food companies, manufacturers, public health organizations, government agencies such as the FDA or USDA, and universities.

Some Food Science majors go on to pursue graduate degrees in order to deepen their scientific knowledge, and to further specialize.

See a list of sample job titles and other career information from the Career and Internship Services office. This office provides professional career counselors for all CFANS students.

Why choose CFANS for this major?

The CFANS Food Science program provides students with cutting-edge research and hands-on learning experiences in modern labs. When you graduate from CFANS, you'll be connected to a broad and helpful network in the world of food science.

CFANS is also proud to house the Dairy Food Products Salesroom, which includes items produced by students in classes and research. It draws customers from throughout the region, and is particularly famous for its cheese and ice cream.

Fun fact: University of Minnesota food scientists were instrumental in developing procedures for making blue cheese in the United States.

What classes are required? What’s the curriculum like?

Food Science majors study the plants and animals that will become food, and analyze why people choose to eat certain foods. The curriculum includes food chemistry, microbiology, physics, and engineering, and applies those to the science and technology of food production.

Find requirements for this major in the University Catalog. For additional information about this major, see the Department of Food Science and Nutrition website.

After you're admitted to CFANS, you'll work with an academic advisor to enroll in classes that fulfill this major's requirements. Your CFANS advisors will help guide you toward academic success.