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Food Science

Food Science degree information

What is Food Science?

The study of food science includes all types of food, such as dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, and further processed foods you find in grocery stores and restaurants.

Food scientists apply principles of biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition and engineering to create new food products, improve food-processing techniques and ensure quality, safety and nutritional value of the food supply. Food scientists play a central role in optimizing the safety and quality of foods from the point of production on the farm until products reach the consumer’s plate.

Why Study Food Science?

Food science is a degree area that will always be in demand and will always be changing with new technology, new regulations and everything in between. Food science is an area that will always need good people in the work force.

What Could I Do With a Degree in Food Science?

  • Cereal grain chemist
  • Certified flavor chemist
  • Equipment sales engineer
  • Flavor/spice ingredient sales
  • Food broker
  • Food distributor
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food safety specialist
  • Fruit and vegetable producer
  • Meat purveyor/merchandiser
  • Process control auditor
  • Product development specialist

Degree Options

Within food science, you have the option to select a predefined emphasis area or work with your faculty advisor to customize your plan of study.

  • Food Industry (BSAG)
    Equips you with the training to advance in various segments of food production and processing and related industries.
  • Food Safety (BSAG)
    Combines knowledge of food science with critical issues relating to food safety, government regulations and food safety programs being required by government and industry leaders.
  • Meat Science (BSAG)
    Trains you to enter all aspects of the meat industry including animal harvesting and fabrication, processed meats, food microbiology and product development.
  • Science (BSAG)
    Prepares you for the scientific and technical challenges of the modern food industry while also giving you the foundation to further your education by pursuing a graduate or postsecondary degree.

Finish in 4
For each undergraduate degree program in CASNR, we have prepared example plans of how you may successfully complete your degree plan in four years.

Fast Fact

Food science students have access to the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), known throughout the nation for its research and Extension outreach and state-of-the-art facility.

Food Science Highlight
Advisory input from food professionals and business leaders ensures students gain the relevant training and hands-on experience necessary to solve industry challenges.


About the Department

FDSI students

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program provides students with valuable hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects side-by-side with faculty, graduate students, research technicians and research unit managers. The program builds a solid foundation in research methods to better prepare students for industry and academic careers in animal or food sciences.

Scholarship Dollars
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students in the department this year.

Contact the Department

Department of Animal & Food Sciences
101 Animal Science
Oklahoma State University

Want to schedule a campus visit or learn more about pursuing a major in food science? Visit our Future Students page.