The study of food science includes all types of food, such as dairy products, fruits
and vegetables, meat and poultry, and further processed foods you find in grocery
stores and restaurants.
Why food science at OSU?
Food science is a degree area that will always be in demand and will always be changing
with new technology, new regulations and everything in between. Food science is an
area that will always need good people in the work force.
Food scientists apply principles of biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry,
nutrition and engineering to create new food products, improve food-processing techniques
and ensure quality, safety and nutritional value of the food supply. Food scientists
play a central role in optimizing the safety and quality of foods from the point of
production on the farm until products reach the consumer’s plate.
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
$400Kscholarships awarded by
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences to undergraduate students this year
“In food science, everything I’ve learned has been so applicable. I’ve really
appreciated getting to see and learn so much from my major.”
- Taylor Price Pilot Point, Texas
Food science students have access to the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products
Center (FAPC), known throughout the nation for its research and Extension outreach
and state-of-the-art facility.
The OSU Department of Agricultural Economics annually awards approximately $130,000
in scholarships to undergraduate students in the department. Last year, CASNR awarded
an additional $600,000 to students within the college.
Undergraduate research opportunities
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
provides students 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 students for industry and academic careers in animal or food sciences.