What will I learn?

Graduates of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition have enjoyed outstanding employment opportunities in the food industry. Historically, graduates have been placed in challenging positions with salary advancement and professional prestige envied by other industries throughout the world. The following options are available:

Culinology®: is the blending of culinary arts and the science of food. The discipline consists of chefs and food scientists working in research and development (its primary focus), food manufacturing, chain restaurants, hotels, ingredient supply houses, consulting, and academia. It includes other food professionals in sales, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, and the media. The professional organization of the discipline is the Research Chefs Association.

The group was formed in 1996 by a group of food professionals with a common interest in the challenges facing the profession. It has become the premier source of culinary and technical information for the food industry.

Dietetics and Food Administration: Graduates are prepared for challenging and rewarding employment in dietetics, nutrition, and foodservice. Employment is available in hospital dietetics, nutrition consulting, school and community nutrition, education, commercial and institutional food services.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Food Science: Graduates are prepared for an endless variety of employment opportunities in the food industry, including laboratory, processing, production, and governmental roles. New product development, marketing, management, distribution, and field service opportunities are present in many scientific, technological, and business endeavors. Located in the center of the world's most productive food processing region, the Fresno State Food Science Program is ideally suited to provide students with both a strong academic and practical education in food science. Students can gain practical experience by working in the Dairy Processing Enterprise and the Food Processing Enterprise, or research experience through the Center for Food Science and Nutrition Research. Students can also participate in internships, projects, supervised work experience, and cooperative research. This program is based upon the educational standards of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Food Analysis
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Safety for Foodservice Professionals
  • Nutrition and Health: Realities and Controversies

What You Can Learn

  • Concepts of nutritional therapy in disease
  • Influence of nutrition on age, growth, and normal development
  • Up-to-date information on all aspects of handling food, from receiving and storing to preparing and serving
  • Experimental approach to development of new food products.

Which department am I in?

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

Study options

Full Time (120 units)

Tuition fees
US$18,469.00 per year
USD $1,665 Per Semester for 0-6 units; USD $2,871 Per Semester for 6.1 or more units; Nonresident tuition fee: USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022


Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

2415 E. San Ramon, MS AS79,



93740, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with High school or secondary and higher secondary or equivalent. For admission consideration, a minimum 2.5 Fresno State converted and weighted GPA is required.

For international students

A high school diploma or passing the California High School Proficiency Examination or complete a General Education Development program (GED).

English language Score: TOEFL – 61 iBT, or IELTS – 6.0 or with 5.5 Band score in each section, or ELS Language Centers - Level 112, or Pearson's Test of English – 45. Application Deadlines: Fall - July 1 and Spring - November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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