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What is food science?

The study of food science ensures the quality and safety of all types of foods (dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and processed foods) from the point of production on the farm until products reach the consumer.

Why food science at OSU?

Food science is a growing career field, and graduates are in high demand. Whether you have an interest in the food industry, food safety or specifically meat science, a degree in food science will provide you with the hands-on experience needed to assist in developing a safe, healthy and nutritious food supply.

Career paths

Food science graduates are able to learn concepts about food safety, meat science and all industry sectors of food production and consumption. Food science alumni are able to use their background to pursue a career as a scientist, inventor, distributor, or salesperson for a university, large company, or small business. The various options allow for selection based on given interests.

$400Kin scholarships

awarded by the Department of Animal and Food Sciences to undergraduate students each year



Hands-on learning

Advisory input from food professionals and business leaders ensures that you will gain the relevant training and hands-on experience necessary to solve industry challenges.


Fast fact

Food science students have access to the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), known throughout the nation for its research, Extension outreach and state-of-the-art facility.


Undergraduate research opportunities

The department’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program provides you with valuable hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects side-by-side with faculty, graduate students, research technicians and research unit managers. The program builds a solid foundation in research methods to better prepare you for industry and academic careers in animal or food sciences.



A food science professor teaching a class


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