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.
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.
Cereal grain chemist
Certified flavor chemist
Equipment sales engineer
Flavor/spice ingredient sales
Food safety specialist
Fruit and vegetable producer
Process control auditor
Product development specialist
awarded by the Department of Animal and Food Sciences to undergraduate students
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.
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
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.