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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Programs of Study Food Science 400  

Food Science 400

Degree: B.S.

Director: Chitra Ponnusamy (

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Food science is the study of the chemical, biological, and engineering aspects of food and its components. While this curriculum applies principles acquired in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to foods, there is emphasis on the development of important problem-solving skills, giving students experience in reasoning and the use of scientific and mathematical techniques. Attention also is devoted to current issues, innovations, and ethical issues in foods and food processing. Finally, students are given an opportunity to utilize their creative abilities in a course devoted to development of new foods and food products.

The program offers five options of study. The food science research option is recommended for students seeking careers in basic or applied food research, as well as for those preparing for graduate or professional study in the sciences. The general food science option is recommended for students who want to broaden their overall education by taking several courses in other disciplines, in addition to food science. The food science and management economics option prepares students for careers in the business aspects of the food industry. Students in the sustainability option will gain an understanding of related processing and production methods and best practices in the marketing of sustainable food products. Students in the pet food science option will be provided a solid foundation in food science with knowledge of animal science to provide them the basics of know-how for development of pet foods.

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