BS Food Science

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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 102Orientation to the Food Science Major1
FSN 125Introduction to Food Science4
or FSN 230 Elements of Food Processing
FSN 202Introduction to Human Nutrition4
FSN 204Food Processing Operations4
FSN 250Food and Nutrition: Culture and Customs (USCP) (E) 14
FSN 311Sensory Evaluation of Food4
FSN 330Principles 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 407Food Ingredient Functionality3
FSN 408
FSN 469
Food Product Development
and Food Science Exit Exam
Concentration courses (see below)23
BIO 111General Biology (B2 & B3) 14
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1 & B3) 14
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 312Organic Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications5
CHEM 314Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications (Upper-Division B) 15
MATH 161Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B4) 14
or MATH 141 Calculus I
MCRO 221Microbiology4
MCRO 421Food Microbiology4
PHYS 121College Physics I4
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (GE Electives) 14
STAT 314Statistical Methods for Food Science4
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives4
Total units180


General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 48 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E (4 units in Major) 10
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units48