What will I learn?

Food Science is the scientific discipline supporting the food and beverage industry. Food Science is a multidisciplinary field that applies biology, chemistry, microbiology, physics, engineering, nutrition, and other sciences to improve the safety and quality of food products; develop new food products; and design new, safer, and more energy efficient food preservation methods.

Food scientists strive to improve the microbial and chemical safety of foods, and enhance the quality of foods through traditional and emerging technologies. Food scientists conduct research to improve food safety and quality, identify beneficial food ingredients and develop new food products, reduce food waste by extending the shelf life of foods, and identify environmentally friendly technologies to make more and better food.

Food scientists address consumer demands and the nutritional needs of the world.

In the bachelor's degree program at WSU, students learn the science and the practical skills involved in production, processing, preservation, safety, evaluation, and distribution of foods.

Strengths of the program

Gain practical technical and leadership skills in the state-of-the-art WSU Creamery, where world-renowned Cougar Gold Cheese® is made.
Students work on meaningful, real-world projects. For instance, a group of food science students developed and marketed a new sports drink that is now in stores in the Northwest.
Engage in product development and food judging competitions—everything from dairy product evaluation to developing new foods.
Internships available in faculty research laboratories, food companies, non-governmental entities, and regulatory agencies.
Hone professional and interpersonal skills such as the use of computers, speaking, writing, critical thinking, and teamwork.
You can join a math, science, and engineering community residence hall at WSU Pullman—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.

EMPHASIS AREAS

Business: Students can gain an emphasis in business by taking selected courses in accounting, finance, management, economics, writing, and hospitality management.

Science: Students wishing to eventually pursue a graduate or professional degree may want to take upper-division courses in chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, engineering, agriculture (horticulture, crops, etc.), math, or nutrition and technical writing.

Careers in food science
Food scientists are employed around the world by large and small food processing companies, food ingredient suppliers, food quality assurance and testing labs, federal and state governmental agencies, and academia.

A degree from the WSU School of Food Science prepares you to meet the emerging challenges, needs, and opportunities of the food industry.

Here are some of the many job titles and positions available in food science:

Food Quality Assurance, Food Chemist, Food Microbiologist, Food Safety Microbiology, Food Safety Officer or Inspector, Food Safety Auditor, Food Product Development, Food Processing and Production, Food Engineer, Food Packaging, Food Inspector, Food Tester, Food Product Development, Foodservice, Food Production (food/beverage processor), Food Company Manager, Food Scientist, Food Toxicologist, Food Technologist, Food Industry, Technical Sales, Production Management, Product Extension or Development, Regulatory Affairs, Research in the Food/Allied Industries or Federal Regulatory Agencies, Research and Development, R & D Scientist, Engineering, Quality Assurance Officer, Quality Control, Nutrition, Sales & Marketing of Foods, Food Ingredient Sales, Technical Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Food Ingredient Sales, Sensory Analysis

Majors

  • Fermentation Science

Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$26,312.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

15 November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Washington State University

370 Lighty Student Services Building,

PULLMAN,

Washington,

99164, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be considered for admission to Washington State University as a freshman, a student needs to complete at least 12 years of school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. (We may consider the first year or two of university in some countries to be secondary level.); Schooling should include preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences; WSU requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission as an international freshman.

For international students

To be considered for admission to Washington State University as a freshman, a student needs to complete at least 12 years of school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. (We may consider the first year or two of university in some countries to be secondary level.)

Schooling should include preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences.

WSU requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission as an international freshman.

TOEFL: 80; IELTS: 6.5

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

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About Washington State University

Since 1890, WSU has been inspiring problem-solvers and encouraging learners to make the world a better place.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1
  • 200+ fields of study available from 11 academic colleges
  • Over USD 400 million given in scholarships and financial aid
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