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Food Science Degree Program

Information on the Oklahoma State University Food Science Major; Food Science Degree Program

What is Food Science?

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The study of food science includes all types of foods, 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.

Throughout their academic careers, students have the advantage of being advised by a faculty member working in the program. Food Science students also have access to the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), known throughout the nation for its research, Extension outreach and state-of-the-art facilities.

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 workforce.

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.

What Could I Do With a Degree in Food Science?

  • Certified flavor chemist
  • Food analytical director
  • Food ingredients sales
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food safety regulator
  • Food technologist
  • Market researcher
  • Meat marketing specialist
  • Nutritionist
  • Plant operation manager
  • Product development specialist
  • Quality assurance supervisor

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