A college student at UWRF, majoring in the Food Science degree program, processes dairy products for sale.

Majors & Minors

Food Science and Technology Degree

Program Overview

The food science and technology degree program is for students interested in careers in the processing, preservation, evaluation and distribution of foods. The curriculum will provide students with a strong foundation in both food science (food chemistry, food microbiology, food processing, etc.) and the basic sciences (physics, chemistry, biochemistry, etc.). Students also have the opportunity to take part in essential hands-on experiences in our dairy, meat and vegetable pilot plants.

Highlights of the Food Science Degree Program

  • The facilities include dairy, meat and vegetable processing plants that allow students to gain valuable hands-on learning experiences in food processing, food safety and more.
  • Students can choose from dairy foods management, operations management or science to further focus their studies and coursework.
  • Active student organizations, such as the Food Science Club, provide students with leadership opportunities and unique experiences outside the classroom.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Apply principles of food science to food industry processes.
  • Adapt to changing consumer demands in food and beverage industry.
  • Understand the intricacies of food processing and distribution systems, both locally and globally.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the food science and technology field. Below is a list of potential jobs and companies that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Potential Job Titles

  • Food Process Control Technician
  • Food Process Engineer
  • Food Science Quality Manager
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Grain Refinery Operator
  • HACCP Coordinator
  • Product Developer
  • Production Supervisor
  • Research and Development Scientist
  • Sanitation Supervisor/Manager
  • Sensory Scientist


  • Advanced Food Products
  • Cargill
  • CHS Inc.
  • Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery
  • Foremost Farms USA
  • General Mills Inc.
  • Hilmar Cheese Company
  • Hillshire Brands
  • Jennie-O
  • MOM Brands
  • Mullins Cheese, Inc.
  • Ocean Spray
  • Oscar Mayer
  • Pinnacle Foods
  • Sargento Foods, Inc.
  • Schwan Food Company

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is the median annual salary for food scientists and technologists with a bachelor's degree
2015 IFT Employment & Salary Survey