The Food Scientist may specialize in: biotechnology, carbohydrates, citrus by-products, dairy, food engineering, food laws and regulations, food microbiology, food packaging, food service, fruit and vegetable products, international affairs, muscle foods, nutrition, quality assurance, refrigerated and frozen foods, seafood products, sensory evaluation, toxicology and safety evaluation. Typical jobs in the field would include: product development and design, production management, quality assurance and control, technical sales, regulatory affairs, research support, teaching, distribution of food aid commodities in developing countries, high pressure processing, food labeling, consulting, production flow, analytical testing, packaging, sanitation, and crop rotation.
Included are courses in chemistry, mathematics, biology, physics, communications, and writing. These provide a foundation for upper division, professionally related courses in food microbiology, chemistry, processing, engineering, toxicology, safety, sensory analysis and food law. In addition, principles of food technology/preservation are demonstrated in the classroom, the laboratory, through summer employment, field trips, and special projects.