Food Science Transfer Plan

This document was accurate on the date it was prepared but may not reflect subsequent changes by ISU or your transfer institution. For this reason, this transfer plan should be used as a guide only, and should not replace consultation with an advisor at your current institution and at ISU.

No more than 65 semester credit hours earned at a two-year college can be applied to a baccalaureate degree from ISU. ISU will accept up to 16 semester hours of credit earned in career-technical courses if the sending community college accepts such courses toward its Associate in Art or Associate in Science Degrees. **All courses on this plan do not need to be completed prior to transfer. An emphasis on completing science sequence courses will best help students move through the program at the quickest pace after transfer.

These plans are suggestions only and may need to be adapted to meet individual needs and commitments.

If you are a part-time student or cannot complete all of the suggested coursework on this plan, consider choosing the science coursework first since this begins the longest sequence of courses. (Begin the science sequence with General/College Chemistry equivalent(s) and Principles of Biology equivalents.)

View links to the course requirements, sample four-year plan, and course sequence flow chart on the food science major page. There are three Food Science options. Descriptions of these options are provided at the link previously provided.

Semester 1

TRANSIT: Is a tool that transfer students use to find out if courses from two- and four-year institutions will transfer and fulfill requirements for a chosen degree program.

Course Equivalency Guides: List the courses offered at the community college and how each of those corresponds to courses offered at ISU.

ISU course number, name ISU credits Notes
CHEM 177/177L or CHEM 163/163L, General Chemistry I or College Chemistry 4 (lecture), 1 (lab) Food Science students (Industry & Consumer options)at Iowa State University must take an equivalent to either CHEM 163/163L or equivalents to both CHEM 177/177L and CHEM 178 at Iowa State University to fulfill the College/General Chemistry requirement. Food Science (Technology option) students must take equivalents to CHEM 177/177L and CHEM 178 at Iowa State University to fulfill the College/General Chemistry requirement.
BIOL 211, Principles of Biology 3  
Select an interchangeable course from the list below 3 It is recommended that Technology option students start their math sequence this semester with an equivalent to MATH 165 or 181
Select an interchangeable course from the list below 3  
Library 160, Library Instruction 1 Some schools have an equivalent to this course, and some do not. If an equivalent doesn’t exist, this course can easily be fit into a schedule at ISU after transfer

Total credits: about 15 (varies based on credits of courses at transfer institution)

Semester 2

TRANSIT: Is a tool that transfer students use to find out if courses from two- and four-year institutions will transfer and fulfill requirements for a chosen degree program.

Course Equivalency Guides: List the courses offered at the community college and how each of those corresponds to courses offered at ISU.

ISU course number, name ISU credits Notes
CHEM 178, General Chemistry II 3 Select this course only if you selected an equivalent to CHEM 177/177L during Semester 1. Industry and Consumer students who selected an equivalent to CHEM 163/L during semester one do not need to select this course.
BIOL 212, Principles of Biology II 3  
Select an interchangeable course from the list below 3  
Select an interchangeable course from the list below 3  
interchangeable course from the list below ORMATH 166 or 182, Calculus II 3-4 Technology option only should select MATH 166 or 182. Industry and Consumer options can select an interchangeable course.

Total credits: about 12-16 (varies based on credits of courses at transfer institution)

Summer Session

TRANSIT: Is a tool that transfer students use to find out if courses from two- and four-year institutions will transfer and fulfill requirements for a chosen degree program.

Course Equivalency Guides: List the courses offered at the community college and how each of those corresponds to courses offered at ISU.

ISU course number, name ISU credits Notes
Interchangeable course from the list below 3 It is recommended that students choose one interchangeable course during the summer to lighten their load after transferring to Iowa State University in one of the Food Science options.

Total credits: 3

Semester 3

TRANSIT: Is a tool that transfer students use to find out if courses from two- and four-year institutions will transfer and fulfill requirements for a chosen degree program.

Course Equivalency Guides: List the courses offered at the community college and how each of those corresponds to courses offered at ISU.

ISU course number, name ISU credits Notes
CHEM 231/231L, Elementary Organic Chemistry or CHEM 331/331L, Organic Chemistry II 3 (lecture), 1 (lab) Technology option must select an equivalent to CHEM 331/331L. Industry and Consumer options can choose equivalents to either CHEM 231/L or 331/L.
MICRO 201/201L
or
Select an interchangeable course from the list below
2 (lecture), 1 (lab); 3 credits for interchangeable course Microbiology courses that transfer as MICRO 2T** on the Course Equivalency Guides, are at least 3 credits, and include a laboratory, will fulfill the MICRO 201/201L requirement for the Industry and Consumer options only. Technology options should choose an interchangeable course.
Select an interchangeable course from the list below 3  
Select an interchangeable course from the list below 3  
Select an interchangeable course from the list below 3 Select this additional course based on your needs/ability to balance your course load this semester.

Total credits: about 16 (varies based on credits of courses at transfer institution)

Semester 4

Typically, at this point in the sequence of courses, it is important that students have transferred to Iowa State University. You should visit with the FS HN transfer advisor to determine the best time for you to transfer based on your specific situation. If possible, early planning is recommended to determine the transfer semester that will result in the timeliest completion of your degree requirements.

Interchangeable Courses

Where the transfer plans says, “select an interchangeable course”, select one of the courses below. All courses must be taken to fulfill requirements for your degree program, but the order of these courses prior to transfer is typically less significant.

Humanities Course

3-9 credits of humanities are needed for food science majors. Consult with the ISU FS HN advisor regarding how many credits of humanities classes you should take prior to transfer. Courses at ISU that can fulfill Humanities requirements can be found at this link.Additionally, classes listed on the Course Equivalency Guides as HUM 1T**, 2T**, 3T**, 4T** can also serve as humanities.

TRANSIT: Is a tool that transfer students use to find out if courses from two- and four-year institutions will transfer and fulfill requirements for a chosen degree program.

Course Equivalency Guides: List the courses offered at the community college and how each of those corresponds to courses offered at ISU.

ISU Course number, name ISU credits Notes
Math 160, 165 or 181- Calculus course 4 Technology option select equivalent to Math 165 or 181; Industry and Consumer option select equivalent to Math 160, 165, or 181.
STAT 101, Principles of Statistics STAT 104, Introduction to Statistics, or STAT 105, Introduction to Statistics for Engineers 4,3 Take an equivalent to one of these two courses
ENGL 150, Critical Thinking & Communication 3  
ENGL 250, Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Communication 3 Usually an equivalent to ENGL 150 is the pre-requisite to an ENGL 250 equivalent
SP CM 212, Speech Communication 3  
FS HN 167, Intro. to Human Nutrition 3  
ECON 101, Principles Of Micro. Econ. 3 Required for Industry and Consumer options; Technology option can use this course to fulfill a social science requirement
PHYS 106, 111, or PHYS 115x, Physics of the Common Experience, General Physics, or Physics for the Life Sciences 4 Technology option should select PHYS 111. Industry and Consumer options can choose any of these courses.

Total credits: about 26-27 (varies based on credits of courses at transfer institution)

FAQs

Difference between each Food Science

What are the differences between the three Food Science options?

A description of the three Food Science options can be found at this link: http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/ugrad/foodsci.php.

Changing Food Science option

What if I am not sure which option that I want to pursue. Can I change my option?

You will notice from this plan that many of the courses during the first year and half are very similar for all three options. In general, the “Technology” option requires the highest level math and science. Since, in most cases, you will be able to substitute higher level math and science courses for lower-level math and science courses in the Food Science program, it would be the smoothest transition to switch from the Technology option to the Industry option or Consumer option. There are no differences on this transfer plan between the Industry and Consumer options

Chemistry sequence

How do I know which Chemistry sequence to take: CHEM 163/L or CHEM 177/L &CHEM 178?

Consultation with an advisor at your current institution and at Iowa State University is important to determine which chemistry sequence is appropriate for your skills, abilities, and goals. However, some general advice follows. First consider which food science curriculum option you are going to follow. Food Science (Industry option) and Food Science (Consumer option) at Iowa State University must take an equivalent to either CHEM 163/163L or an equivalent to both CHEM 177/177L and CHEM 178 at Iowa State University to fulfill the College/General Chemistry requirement. Food Science (Technology option) students must take equivalents to CHEM 177/177L and CHEM 178 at Iowa State University to fulfill the College/General Chemistry requirement. Then, if your option affords you a choice between chemistry sequences, consider the following advice:

At Iowa State University, CHEM 163/L is a one semester look at college chemistry principles that prepares students for Elementary Organic Chemistry (CHEM 231/L at Iowa State). CHEM 177/L & 178 is a more in-depth look at general chemistry concepts for students with stronger math and chemistry backgrounds. The in-depth two part sequence typically better prepares students for Elementary Organic Chemistry.

Some schools only offer the equivalent to the CHEM 177/L & 178 sequence (see the course equivalency guides to check a community college). If you have the choice at your institution between CHEM 163/L and CHEM 177/L & 178, then you should visit with an advisor at your current institution to find out which you are most prepared for.

Also, many schools do not offer an Elementary Organic Chemistry course such as Iowa State’s CHEM 231/L, only a higher-level Organic Chemistry course (equivalent to Iowa State University’s CHEM 331/L). If this is the case and you plan to stay at your community college through organic chemistry, then you typically need to take the CHEM 177/L to 178 sequences to be most prepared for the higher level Organic Chemistry course (equivalent to CHEM 331/L).

Electives

Do I need any electives for this major? What counts as an elective?

Students in this program must have completed 120.5 credits to graduate. Students usually need to take between 6 and  20 credits, minimum, of electives to get to 120.5 credit hours. You may need a few more or less as a transfer student depending on the number of credits that the courses are at your transfer institution. Any course that is accepted by Iowa State University as a transfer course that isn’t already fulfilling a degree requirement can be considered an elective.

Transferring with chemistry sequence

What if I have finished the Chemistry sequence on this plan (gotten to or finished CHEM 231/231L or 331/331L)?

It’s time to visit with the FS HN transfer academic advisor. It is likely time for you to transfer to Iowa State University so that you can stay on track with your coursework. In a few circumstances it might be appropriate to take an equivalent to BBMB 301 (Survey of Biochemistry) or CHEM 332 (Organic Chemistry II) if required for your option and if offered at your current institution, but it is very important to discuss if this is the best option with the FS HN advisor at this point or if you should transfer.

Transferring with interchangeable courses

What if I have finished all (or most of the interchangeable courses on this list) and am now just working on the science coursework so I don’t have a full time course load? Is there anything else that might transfer?

Maybe. If you haven’t already, it’s appropriate to be visiting with the FS HN advisor at this point. Food Science and Technology option students might be able to take the second semester of General Physics. All options might be able to choose additional humanities or social science courses. It might also be appropriate to discuss with the FS HN advisor if there is a minor that you could start working toward that would complement your degree selection.

Courses not available on TRANSIT

I took courses (or want to take courses) that I think should fulfill the requirements of the Food Science degree, but when I entered them on TRANSIT, the courses either weren’t evaluated OR fell into the “elective” category. Is there anything that I can do?

Yes. Contact the FS HN transfer academic advisor. If you didn’t select a Food Science “option” on TRANSIT, some courses may not be recognized as meeting requirements by the TRANSIT program. Also, sometimes courses simply haven’t been evaluated yet by Iowa State University or the course can be re-evaluated as a potential substitution by the FS HN department. These requests are evaluated on an individual basis. Often, the advisor will ask you to share the name of the institution where you took (or want to take) the course, the name, number, and credits of the course, the course description, and potentially a course syllabus.

  • Using Transfer Plans

    This Food Science transfer plan was accurate on the date it was prepared but may not reflect subsequent changes by ISU or your transfer institution. The transfer plan should be used as a guide only and should not replace consultation with an adviser at your current institution and ISU.