Why Study Food Science and Technology?

Major | Science/​Science Technology/​Agriculture | CAFES

The food science and technology field comprises the processing, preservation, evaluation and distribution of food. As a food science and technology major at UW-River Falls, you’ll gain a solid foundation in both food science (food chemistry, microbiology, processing, etc.) and the basic sciences (physics, chemistry, biochemistry, etc.) to prepare you for a career in the food science field.


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As a Food Science major at UW-River Falls I have gotten to take a variety of courses that have taught me about the different aspects of food science and the food industry. These courses helped me feel prepared for the work I did at my summer Quality Assurance internship. All of the professors in the Food Science program have been incredibly helpful and supportive during my time at UWRF.
Ava Baden

Food Science and Technology

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Area of Study:

Science/​Science Technology/​Agriculture

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Apply science-based knowledge and principles of food science to food industry processes.
  • Adapt to changing consumer demands in the food and beverage industry.
  • Understand the intricacies of food processing and distribution systems, both locally and globally.
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using valid and industry-specific information.
  • Evaluate and interpret scientific data.

Types of Courses

  • Ag Human Resource Management
  • Dairy Manufacturing
  • Food Bioprocess Technology
  • Food Ingredient & Analysis
  • Food Law and Regulation
  • Food Processing
  • Food Safety & Quality Assurance
  • Meat Product Processing
  • Product Development & Sensory Evaluation
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Food Science students mix ingredients to make butter during lab

Potential Careers

With a degree in food science and technology, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of future roles including:

  • Food Process Engineer or Food Technologist
  • Food Science Quality Manager
  • Food Scientist or Research and Development Scientist
  • Grain Refinery Operator
  • Product Developer
  • Sanitation Supervisor or Manager

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