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Food Science (B.S.)

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Foods - a way of life.

Safe, high quality, and functional foods are vital components of nutritious diets around the world.  This major focuses on the science behind the processing of high quality, safe and diverse food products leading to numerous exciting and diverse job opportunities all around the country. Food product development and sensory evaluation are also emphasized. Commercial internships enhance the hands-on experience. Graduates will become leaders in the food processing industry.

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Hands on learning opportunities

The Davis Dairy Plant is connected to the Alfred Dairy Science Hall on the SDSU campus, and acts as a student training and education facility. The Davis Dairy Plant employs part time student workers, and students have the chance to engage in food processing research with industry personnel.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have an interest in the food industry
  • Have leadership capabilities
  • Are interested in food product development
  • Have a strong interest in applied sciences
  • Are passionate about food production

Career Opportunities

  • Food production manager
  • Quality Assurance manager
  • Food safety specialist
  • Research and development
  • Plant manager

Recent Employers

  • Sunny Fresh Foods
  • Glanbia Foods
  • Hormel

Internship Opportunities

  • Beef Products Inc.
  • Landmark Food Products

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The Exploratory Studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the Exploratory Studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a Career Coach in the Office of Career Development.