Culinary Food Science

Food science meets food art in culinary food science. If you are looking for a career in food product development where both food science knowledge and culinary creativity come together, this is the program for you! The culinary food science degree program is a food science-based degree in which students develop basic culinary skills along with knowledge of the accompanying sciences. As a graduate, you’ll combine food product development skills and entrepreneurial talents with scientific and technological knowledge.


Program Information: Course Requirements / Sample 4-Year Plans

Curriculum Requirements
2016-17 Catalog requirements (PDF)
2015-16 Catalog requirements (PDF)

4-Year Plans
2016-17 Sample 4-year plan (PDF)
2015-16 Sample 4-year plan (PDF)

Course Sequences
Course sequence flow sheet (PDF)

Accelerated Degree Option
An accelerated degree option is available for the culinary food science program.

Get Involved

Learning Communities

Learning communities connect students with social and learning activities that extend well beyond the classroom. Students in many communities take a few courses together, get to know upperclassmen peer mentors, study together as a group, do service projects, and gather just for fun. Visit FSHN’s learning community page

Clubs and Organizations

Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus. You can gain additional professional experiences outside of the classroom by getting involved in clubs and student organizations as wells as professional organizations.

Culinary Food Science club

Food Science club

Product Development Team

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

IFT Student Association

IFT - Iowa Section

Careers and Internships

As a culinary food scientist, you will be prepared for employment in food research and development, food marketing, test kitchens, and much more. You’ll gain real-world experience by completing an internship in food science or the culinary industry. Internship Handbook »


Checklist (doc)

Approval Form (doc)

Contact Information Form (Editable PDF)

Weekly Journal Form (doc)

Profile Form (doc)

Cooperating Supervisor Evaluation Form (doc)

FERPA Consent to Release/Share Student Work (Editable PDF)

Career services

Students and alumni of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University are eligible to use the career services in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Sciences. They can assist in these areas:

  • Job search materials such as resumes and cover letters
  • Job and internship search strategies
  • Interviewing skills

Culinary food science internship examples

The following are internships completed by other culinary food science students:

Sarah Brekke Iowa State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Stephanie DeJong Scratch Cupcakery
Steph Ferguson The Des Moines Embassy Club
Bailey Finn Fincel’s Farm
Emma Grinde General Mills
Angie Gutierrez The Soyfoods Council
Melissa Hansen Hy-Vee, Inc.
Lauren Ingebrand Sara Lee Corporation
Baili Kerns Tyson Foods
Justine Mattuissi Iowa State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Krista McCarty Iowa State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Samantha Mila Meredith Corporation
Katie Ruff Hy-Vee, Inc.
Lisa Schmidt 4-H State Extension Office
Brittany Springmeier The Cafe
Ashley Swanson AMERICANA Restaurant
Anna Vance 4-H State Extension Office
Alex Zuercher Lancer at Edinburgh


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  • Culinary Science Internship Adventure!

    Madalyn Schuman talks about her internship at August Home Publishing, which led to a published recipe!
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