Food Science employs scientific principles in the design of new food products and explores ways to process, package and preserve the thousands of food items we consume to ensure their safety and quality. In the Food Science major, students initially obtain a broad background in the sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics) as a basis for in-depth studies of the food science disciplines of food chemistry, food processing, food microbiology, and food product development. Electives provide the opportunity for course work in the areas such as business, material science or molecular biology and allow students to obtain specialized knowledge in other fields important to Food Science.
Upon graduation, job opportunities include positions within the food and allied industries, government and independent research institutions. The role of food scientist in such positions may involve product and process development, food safety, engineering, quality control and analysis, technical service and sales, with opportunities in regulatory agencies, education, and basic research. We encourage all students to participate in
job-search workshops and career days, to seek internships, to develop communication skills, and to learn to network with prospective
employers. This, in addition to doing well academically, greatly enhances post-graduate opportunities.
For more information on any of the College of
Agriculture and Natural Resources majors, contact the Office of Academic
Programs at 831-2508 or stop by 104 Townsend Hall.
Sample Job Titles
|Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level
|*quality assurance specialist
|*product development scientist
|*assistant production manager
|*operations service trainee
|*assistant dietetic researcher
Check the Dictionary of Occupational Titles
under section 077 for additional related careers.
- Participate in Internships,
Field Experience Placements and Alumni Mentor Network.
- Sample UD Field Experiences: American
Frozen Foods, Inc., Ottens Flavors, Inc., Campbell Soup Co., Inc., TIC Gums, Inc.
Some Employers of Food Science Majors
*food ingredient suppliers
*pet food manufacturers
*food business and industry
*manufacturers of lab equipment
Other Sources of Information
American Chemical Society
American Public Health Association
Careers in Food
Institute of Food Technologists
International Association for Food Protection
The Riley Guide
Resources for Finding Employment
Found at the Career Services Center's Career Library (first floor):
Further information including: Skills to Develop,
Strategies for Contacting Employers, Grad School Information and where to
get assistance is available in the CAREER LIBRARY located at 401
Last updated: October 27, 2010 (CH)