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Curriculum Options

To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science, students must take at least 126 hours of course credits. Students must meet K-State's General Education Requirements.

Students must select one of two options available in this program.

Students can switch from one to the other with counsel from their advisor. Employment opportunities are strong with both options.

A Minor in Food Science and Industry is also available by taking 15 hours of required courses.

Product DevelopmentFood Science students also have the opportunity to choose between 21 to 42 hours of professional course electives dealing with food production, processing, quality, safety, product development, government regulations, communications, international relations, and business of the food industry. Students consider this a real plus to the Food Science major.

Science option

The science option emphasizes the basic sciences and prepares you for more technical jobs, product development, and graduate school. Generally, students are required to take an additional 3 hours of Quantitative Studies, and 10 more hours of Physical Sciences. The science option curriculum interfaces well with Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Pre-Medicine requirements.

For information on required and elective courses for the Science option, see:

Food Business and Operations Management (Business) option

Students in the business option must minor in business, agribusiness, or agricultural economics as they prepare for management and other opportunities in the food industry. Generally, the minor is 15 hours of selected business-related courses.

For information on required and elective courses for the Business option, see:

Professional Electives - 2009

Minor in Food Science

Students in curricula containing several science courses may choose to minor in food science and industry to expand their expertise and marketability. Scheduling the 15 hours required for a minor is easy with prior planning. An additional four or five hours must be at the 300 level or above and selected from the lists of electives for food science, processing, and/or technology. A food science and industry advisor will work with the student to tailor course selection to meet their individual needs.

Student Resources


For More Information

Dr. Unruh, John A.<br/>
Dr. John A. Unruh
Undergraduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
248 Weber Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : (785) 532-1245
Fax : (785) 532-7059


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