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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Food Science, BS

About the Program

The field of Food Science applies science, such as microbiology and biochemistry, to discover ways to improve the taste, nutrition, and value of the food supply. A food scientist possesses the skills necessary to convert raw food products into safe, attractive foods and beverages. Graduates apply scientific knowledge and economic principles to food production, storage, distribution, product development, quality control, inspection, and sales, or they, pursue graduate studies in food processing, microbiology, or chemistry.

Food Science Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (107-108 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (73-74 credits)

(See Advising Resources)

Electives (12 - 13 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Additional Requirements

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Program Requirements

15 Credits

15-16 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

17 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

12 Credits

Spring 4th Year

14-15 Credits


2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Minimum GPA of 2.50 in FS core classes and NUTR 31500  is required for graduation

Students must meet a minimum GPA ≥ 2.50 in math and science courses to enroll in upper division FS courses.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. 

For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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