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Food Science Institute

Current Students in the Food Science Institute

Congratulations on choosing Food Science! We are here to help you succeed and prepare you for an exciting career in Food Science.

What will I study?

Courses include basic sciences as well as food chemistry, food microbiology, food analysis, food engineering, food processing, nutrition, product development, and business management.

Product Development

The program

The undergraduate program is nationally approved by the Institute of Food Technologists. It is offered through the College of Agriculture. Three options are available.

  • Science - Emphasizes the basic sciences. Choose this option for a Pre-Medicine and the Pre-Veterinary Medicine degree.
  • Business - Minor in business, agribusiness, or agricultural economics.
  • Industry and Technology - Emphasizes basic science and prepares students for jobs in quality assurance, research, and product development. This option is designed for students in the online Bachelor Degree Completion Program. This option does not meet Pre-Medicine and Pre-Veterinary Medicine degree requirements. 

Student activities

Food Science Club; quiz bowl; product development contests; section, national, and international Institute of Food Technologists meetings; and dairy product and meats judging teams.

Faculty and Facilities

The food science program is part of the Food Science Institute with approximately 47 faculty members from five K-State colleges and 11 departments. Students train in laboratories with cereal and grain, dairy, meat, poultry, egg, thermal processing, sensory analysis, and value-added processing capabilities.

For More Information

Nicole Marple
Program Assistant
Food Science Institute
216 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : 785-532-4057


Dr. J. Scott Smith
Dr. J. Scott Smith
FSI Graduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
208 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : (785) 532-1219


Abbey Nutsch
Dr. Abbey Nutsch
FSI Undergraduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
216D Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-4549

Got Questions?

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119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-0102


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