The Food Science program provides basic preparation for careers in the Food Science Industry. Courses are offered in Food Science, Food Processing, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Food Marketing, Food Law, and Advanced Topics in Food Science. Careers in this field include but are not limited to Food Safety Coordinator, Food Science Technician, Product Development, and Research and Development.
The employment rate of agricultural and food science technicians is projected to grow from 2012 to 2022. More technology and scientific knowledge related to food production will allow greater control of the production and processing activities and in turn increase demand for these workers. Continued population growth will drive the need to increase efficiency of production and processing methods. More awareness and enforcement of food safety regulations will increase inspection requirements, which, in turn, will increase the need for agricultural and food science technicians.
Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800 before taking other computer courses. Students without adequate keyboarding skill should enroll in IT 0810 before taking a computer class.
Scholastic Preparation Students should have successfully completed high school chemistry, biology, geometry, and algebra. Keyboarding skills are also strongly recommended.
Students enrolled in Associate of Applied Science degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation. However, at some point, many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor’s degree. A number of colleges and universities have designed bachelor degree completion programs for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information or talk to your academic advisor.
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Dr. Arly DrakeAssistant Professor and Coordinator, Agriculture