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Food Science and Industry

(including food business and operations management and food science)

A major in food science and industry will provide students with outstanding job opportunities.  Students take courses in the basic sciences and apply the knowledge learned to core food science courses such as food processing, food chemistry, food microbiology, food engineering, and human nutrition. State-of-the-art laboratories and small processing facilities give students hands-on experience. The food science program prepares students for a variety of careers such as food production operations, quality assurance, process engineering, business management sales, and research and product development. 

Students can choose to focus primarily on either food business and operations management option (a business-oriented approach) or a science option (quality control or research and development).

Related career titles

Advertising and communications representative
Flavor researcher
Food production manager
Food safety/HACCP
Food scientist/technologist
Food and drug inspector
Laboratory analyst
Market researcher
Process researcher
Product and process developer
Quality assurance specialist
Quality control supervisor
Sales and marketing specialist
Technical sales representative

Resources available in ACIC*

Opportunities in Culinary Careers
Career Opportunities in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Career Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry
Career Opportunities in Travel and Hospitality
Careers in Focus: Agriculture
Opportunities in Research and Development Careers

*Books are available for checkout period.

Related food science and industry links

K-State Food Science Institute

K-State Meat Science Program

K-State Grain Science and Industry Department

K-State Animal Sciences and Industry Department

International Food Safety Network

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

IFT and Discovery Education Food Science Program

American Meat Science Association

American Institute of Baking

Food and Drug Administration

United States Department of Agriculture

Baking Business