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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Graduates demonstrate critical thinking skills in addressing food science issues.
  2. Graduates demonstrate the knowledge, ethics, and technical skills needed to succeed in food science fields and post-graduate studies.
  3. Graduates demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Graduates demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a problem-solving team.
  5. Graduates demonstrate cultural competence with interacting diverse populations.

Program Educational Outcomes

  • Food Science program graduates can integrate and apply principles of food chemistry, analysis, microbiology, processing and engineering to assure food quality and safety.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

FSN 101Orientation to the Food Science and Nutrition Majors1
FSN 125Introduction to Food Science4
FSN 204Food Processing Operations4
FSN 210Nutrition4
FSN 250Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture (USCP) (D4 ) 14
FSN 311Sensory Evaluation of Food4
FSN 330Introduction to Principles of Food Engineering4
FSN 334Food Packaging3
FSN 335Food Quality Assurance4
FSN 364Food Chemistry4
FSN 368Food Analysis4
FSN 370Food Plant Sanitation and Prerequisite Programs4
FSN 374Food Laws and Regulations4
FSN 375Food Safety4
FSN 408Food Product Development4
FSN 461Senior Project I3
FSN 462Senior Project II3
Concentration courses (see below)19-20
AGB 214Agribusiness Financial Accounting4
or BUS 212 Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
BIO 111General Biology (B2 & B4) 14
CHEM 127
CHEM 128
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I
and General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II (B3 & B4) 1
CHEM 312Survey of Organic Chemistry5
CHEM 313Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology5
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 14
MCRO 221Microbiology4
MCRO 421Food Microbiology4
PHYS 121College Physics I4
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (B1) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)52
Free Electives0-1
Total units180

Required in Major or Support; also satisfies GE.


General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics (no additional units required)
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E) (4 units in Major) 10
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units52

Required in Major or Support; also satisfies GE.