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Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science Major

What is Food Science?

Food Science is the study of techniques and systems to ensure food is safe, available, wholesome, and delicious. Food scientists use chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, and engineering to understand and manage food composition, processing, and safety.

In other words, food scientists have shaped every food and drink you have ever purchased from a grocery store or restaurant.

For example, have you ever...

... enjoyed a glass of juice without worrying about whether or not it was spoiled?

...picked up a nutrient-packed power bar when you were in a rush?

...eaten oysters that were safe and delicious?

...sampled a Beyond Burger?

...tried a beer and thought, "Wow, that's amazing!"?

Food scientists made these experiences and many more possible.

Becoming a food scientist requires a four-year degree in food science, chemistry, microbiology, or a related field. Students often go on to earn a Master's degree or a Ph.D. Food scientists work in laboratories and offices as well as fields, orchards, and other outdoor locations. Here are some companies in which graduates from the UF Food science program are making a difference:

FFVA

Evergreen

Tampa Maid

ASR Group

Ecolab

FDA

Land O' Lakes

Ocean Spray Cranberries

Gum Products, Inc.

OPUS International

Coca-Cola

Florida Chemical Co.

College of Engineering

Pepsico

Mission Foods

Frito-Lay

Ingredients, Inc.

Artisan Beverage Technologies

Signature Brands

Demaco

Impossible Foods

Florida's Natural 

General Mills

Anheuser Busch InBev

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Food Science Blog

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