What is Food Science and Technology? Food science is a degree program focused on food issues from the time crops leave the field until consumers buy the food products. Food scientists apply basic science (chemistry, biology, physics) to improve processing, preservation, and safety of food and to develop new food products. There are two options in food science, and both options are approved by the Institute of Food Technologists:
Students in both options take coursework focused on food chemistry, food microbiology, food quality assurance, sensory evaluation of food, and food product development and pursue careers as food scientists in a variety of positions within food industry.
Students have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) concurrently with the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in food science. The program is designed so students can earn the BS in food science and MBA in five years, to meet the needs of students who are interested in management careers in the food industry. Students apply for admission to the MBA program in the spring of the third year. The program for concurrent BS in food science/MBA degrees is a rigorous 5-year program, and admission is very selective. Read more about this concurrent program »
Food science and technology option
Food science and industry option
Consumer food science option
Accelerated Degree Option
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.
Food scientists work in food industry, academia, and non-profit and government institutions. A food science degree can lead to positions focused on:
For more information about careers in food science, view the following websites of the Institute of Food Technologists:
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:
To apply for internships and full-time work positions, use the ISU CyHire (formerly CMS), on-campus career fairs, and the college career services offices:
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