Why Study Food Science and Technology?

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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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My favorite course was Product Development because we were able to learn about the process of creating a new food product and then take what we had learned and actually create the product in the lab. The hands-on learning through this semester-long project was really valuable as we learned how different ingredients affected the product by using sensory evaluation techniques we had been introduced to in class.
Faith Buhrandt

Food Science and Technology

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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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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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