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Food Science Institute

Food Science Undergraduate Program

Food Science is a field that brings the science of food to life. Students learn the fundamental properties of food raw materials important to designing and processing safe, wholesome, and attractive food products.

K-State's undergraduate food science and industry program is certified by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and indicates the national recognition of the program. The IFT is a nonprofit scientific society with 28,000 members who work in food science and related professions in industry, academia, and government.

Students may choose between the science, business or technology options. The science option curriculum interfaces well with Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Pre-Medicine requirements.

Job Opportunities are strong and in the past 25 years, K-State has never had enough graduates to fill available jobs. Starting salaries have ranged from $38,000 to $52,000.

Graduates are needed to manage and supervise sophisticated food manufacturing industries that produce fresh and processed meat and poultry, dairy products, bakery goods, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables, confections, and snack foods. Positions also may be in areas such as food safety and microbiology, quality assurance, processing and operations management, technical service, research and development, sales and public relations.

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Megan Crawshaw
Sarah Jones

Macy Sherwin

Student-to-Student Recruiters
Food Science Institute
216 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : 785-532-2201
Fax : 785-532-5861


Karen Schmidt
Dr. Karen A. Schmidt
Undergraduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
225 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-1216


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