Food Science Institute - Future Students
Why Major in Food Science at K-State?
Food Science touches the lives of people in important ways because food is a basic need for all humanity. Students learn the fundamentals of designing, processing, and marketing safe, wholesome, and attractive food products.
In the past 25 years, we have never had enough graduates to fill available jobs. Many career opportunities are available.
Students would enjoy applying Food Chemistry, Food Processing, Food Microbiology, HACCP, Chemical and Physical Analyses of Food, and the principles of various commodity courses to operations in the world's largest and most essential industry. This curriculum interfaces well with requirements for Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Pre-Medicine.
Recent graduates have jobs as professional food scientists, and others have entered graduate school and other professional endeavors. Students can minor in business and specialize in specific areas. It is easy to transfer into Food Science from other science-based curricula. Students benefit from small class sizes, one-on-one teaching, hands-on experiences, and student-oriented advising.
Up to 21 to 42 hours of professional courses dealing with food production, processing, quality, safety, product development, government regulations, communications, international relations, and business of the food industry are selected by the student and their advisor.
Internships provide invaluable experiences. Many faculty serve in leadership roles within the food industry and bring the real world to the classroom. Several faculty have received awards for effective instruction, advising, research and industry service.
Participate in extracurricular activities, clubs, and judging teams to acquire traits employers seek, namely leadership, team work, communication, and people skills.
Numerous programs for financial support are available and on-campus jobs are available. High school seniors should inquire about scholarships in January of the year they graduate.
More About Food Science
Learn about the role food science plays in ensuring a nutritious, safe and abundant food supply with these videos from the Institute of Food Technologists.