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 or business 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.
To learn more about Food Science, visit:
- Study Guide – Provides a general overview of Food Science and Industry
- Courses – List of Food Science and Industry courses/electives and description
- Plans of Study – Lists the required courses for either the science or business option
- Loans and Scholarships – Potential loans and scholarships for incoming students
- Job Opportunities – Explains career opportunities in Food Science and Industry
- Why Major in Food Science at K-State?