Explore the processing and product development of safe and healthy foods, and fill the gap between the production of farm goods and the year round delivery of food products to the global consumer. Apply your skills learned in chemistry, processing, microbiology, quality assurance and sensory evaluation to the development of a food product from idea generation right through to product marketing.
Food is a multi-billion dollar industry that is influenced by changing socio-economic conditions and evolving agricultural and industrial technologies. As a Food Science student, in the Bachelor of Science degree program, you will apply chemistry, microbiology and physics to study the processing and development of food products and processes. The program also covers aspects of law, health, nutrition, and security as they relate to food safety and quality.
You will obtain hands-on experience in the industrial processes such as pasteurization, sterilization, fermentation, and packaging and apply these to commodity groups such as dairy, meats, cereals and beverages. In addition, you will gain experience in sensory evaluation and in the development of new food products and effective food safety and quality assurance programs. Communication skills are also emphasized to help ensure success in your future career.
Admission to semester one of a degree program and General Studies is available in the Fall semester only. A semester one degree applicant is defined as one who will receive fewer than 2.00 transfer credits upon admission.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Major (Honours Program)
Semester 1 - Fall
- Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
- General Chemistry I
- Elements of Calculus I
- Physics for Life Sciences
Semester 2 - Winter
- Biological Concepts of Health
- General Chemistry II
- General Chemistry II
- Physics for Life Sciences II
Semester 3 - Fall
- Introduction to Biochemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Introduction to Nutritional and Food Science
- Introduction to Microbiology
Semester 4 - Winter
- Communication in Food Science
- Food Engineering Principles
- Fundamentals of Nutrition
- Statistics I
Semester 5 - Fall
- Food Chemistry I
- Food Processing I
- Food Microbiology
Semester 6 - Winter
- Food Chemistry II
- Food Processing II
- Industrial Microbiology
- Sensory Evaluation of Foods
Semester 7 - Fall
- Advanced Food Analysis
- Food Product Development I
Semester 8 - Winter
- Food Product Development II
Tuition fees for Canadian Students/Permanent Residents - $6,091 per year and for International Students - $24,300 - 33,551 per year
Scholarships & funding
We offer several scholarships, for more information please visit our website.
- Food inspector
- Food safety research analyst
- Food product developer/research scientist
- Technical sales and food business entrepreneur
- Food scientist or technologist
- Sensory evaluations specialist
About this institute
University of Guelph
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