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Overview
Food science is an applied field. A food scientist is someone who applies the basic sciences: biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics to further our understanding of the factors that affect food quality, safety, and nutrition. Food science is applied to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe, nutritious, and wholesome foods.

There are three study emphasis programs in the food science major: Science, Industry and Meat Science.

The Science emphasis gives students a well-grounded background in chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology as well as food science. Students who elect this option usually have a primary interest in science and will be prepared to enter graduate education programs in food science.

This Science emphasis is also an excellent choice for students interested in professional schools such as medical school, dental school, pharmacy, physical therapy and veterinary medicine. Students who elect not to pursue a graduate degree or a professional degree are prepared to work in any facet of the food industry, especially those jobs focused on research, product development and food analysis.

The Industry emphasis provides a basic understanding of the chemical and physical processes of food processing. Students pursuing this option are prepared to enter food plant management, quality assurance, quality control, product development and sales.

The Meat science emphasis provides a background knowledge and understanding in live animal production, slaughter and fabrication, and meat processing along with a basic understanding of chemical and physical processes of meat production. Students pursuing this option are prepared to enter the meat industry working in quality assurance, slaughter/fabrication, meat processing, product development and sales.

Available Options
- Industry, B.S.A.G.
- Meat Science, B.S.A.G.
- Science, B.S.A.G.


Occupations
Food Scientists
Agricultural Inspectors
General and Operations Managers
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Industries
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Food Manufacturing
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Food Services and Drinking Places

Recent OSU Graduates in
Salaries
Max: $49,500 |
Ave: $35,980 |
Med: $32,400 |
Min: $28,000


Employers
Bar-S
Cal-Maine
CEV Multimedia, Inc
Hilmar Cheese Co.
Matrix Nutrition

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