What is food science?
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?
Everyone eats. Therefore, 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 will be an area that always needs good people in the work force.
What could I do with a degree in food science?
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
Equips you with the training to advance in various segments of food production and processing and related industries.
- Food Safety
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
Trains you to enter all aspects of the meat industry including animal harvesting and fabrication, processed meats, food microbiology and product development.
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.
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
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.
The OSU Department of Animal Science awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students in the department this year. CASNR awarded an additional $600,000 to students within the college.
Contact the Department
Department of Animal Science
101 Animal Science
Oklahoma State University
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