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What is food science?

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.

Career paths

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.

$400Kscholarships awarded by

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences to undergraduate students this year

Student success

Taylor Price, Texas - OSU Food Science Student

“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.

Fast fact

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.



Students working in research facility

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