Discover Food Science
In the Food Science major, we empower students to nourish the world.
What is Food Science?
With a Food Science degree, you can influence food choices and possibilities. The average supermarket carries more than 20,000 items, most of which were developed into safe, affordable, and tasty products by food scientists. Imagine walking down the grocery store aisle and knowing YOU had an important role in bringing a product from farm to fork!
You might work for a large multi-national corporation, with opportunity for traveling the world. You might work for a government agency or a non-profit foundation. You might start your own business or work with a small start-up company. Whichever route you choose, there's a career waiting for you. Depending on your personal interests, we'll help you choose the right concentration within the Food Science major to prepare you for your career goals.
The Food Science Concentrations
We offer three different curriculum options or 'concentrations' within the Food Science major: Advanced Food Science, Applied Food Technology, and Culinary. You can link to the online Cal Poly catalog to learn more about the department, its majors, and concentrations within majors: www.catalog.calpoly.edu/2011cat/cafes/fsn_dept/fsndept.pdf. Or read below for short descriptions of each concentration in Food Science. Also, check out the Food Science curriculum sheet, which details specific course requirements, at www.catalog.calpoly.edu/2011cat/cafes/fsn_dept/fsn_bs.pdf.
Advanced Food Science
Advanced Food Science is the curriculum approved by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the key international professional society for food scientists. Students are strongly advised to follow this concentration if they anticipate graduate study following completion of the BS, as many graduate programs in food science require the advanced chemistry and math coursework included in this concentration. In addition, students must follow this concentration to be eligible for IFT scholarships.
Applied Food Technology
Applied Food Technology allows students to select coursework focused in a commodity or other area where they have career interest. For example, course selections could focus in dairy products, meat science, packaging, culinary science, or business.
Culinary is designed for students wanting to blend culinary and food science principles in ingredient development, food product development, or in entrepreneurial pursuits. Some students choose this route after completing a professional culinary program, or choose to attend one after earning their B.S.