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Food Science

Program Overview

Food Science is the multidisciplinary study of food and the application of knowledge thus gained to developing food products and processes, preserving and storing food, and assuring food safety and quality. Food science addresses the conversion of raw agricultural products into a nutritious, convenient, and economical food supply. Most of the food products available in grocery stores were developed, produced and tested by food scientists. Students graduating in Food Science are well prepared for immediate employment in the food industry.

Program Summary

Program Credits: 66.0 - 68.0 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: NDFS 250


To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.

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Beyond The Classroom

Engaging in internships, mentored research, associations and clubs related to your program is an important step in linking your education with the real world. These experiences enhance your education and prepare you for both further schooling and your future career.

Occupations and Employers

Possible Occupations

With a Bachelors

  • Plant Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Regulatory Inspector
  • Quality Assurance Director
  • Regulation
  • Product Development
  • Food Ingredient Technical Salesman
  • Food Molecular Biologist (Paired with a Biology major or minor)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Preprofessional School Applications

With a Masters

  • Above listed positions with added responsibilities and management perspectives

With a Doctorate

  • Above listed positions with added responsibilities and management perspectives

Potential Employers

  • Decagon Devices Incorporated
  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • ConAgra Foods
  • General Mills
  • Idahoan Foods
  • Kellogg’s
  • LDS Welfare Services
  • Leprino Foods
  • Lofthouse Cookies
  • McCain Foods
  • McCormick Spices
  • Meadow Gold Dairy
  • Morinda
  • Mrs. Fields Original Cookies
  • National Food Processors Association
  • Nature’s Sunshine
  • Nuskin
  • Nutraceutical Corporation
  • Otis Spunkmeyer Otto & Sons
  • Rich’s Corporation
  • Shasta
  • Stouffer’s Frozen Foods
  • Sunkist
  • Sweet’s Candy
  • Twin Lab
  • Weider Nutrition International
  • Food processing/manufacturing plants
  • Large retail chains (e.g. Starbucks, Target)
  • Consumer Product Companies
  • Federal Government Agencies:

  • Universities

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Lisa Buzan

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Lisa grew up in Michigan and is proud to be from the state that gave us Motown music, Ford motor cars, Greenfield Village, Mackinac Island, and Kellogg’s corn flakes.

After coming to BYU, where she received a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships, she moved on and spent time living in California’s San Fernando Valley as well as Las Vegas before returning to BYU as an academic advisor.

Lisa once went skydiving and would do it again in a heartbeat! She also enjoys movies, plays, museums, historical sites, genealogy, and “cat naps” with her cat, Goodwin.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Lisa, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.