Food Science & Sustainable Technologies

Undergraduate Program Fact Sheet
Food Science & Sustainable Technologies

Food Science & Sustainable Technologies, Bachelor of Science

As Alton Brown says, “All food is science” and nothing could be truer. Well suited to those with a scientific bent and a deep curiosity about food, our students come to understand the edible world through this fascinating field of study that combines Biology, Chemistry, Fermentation, Engineering and so much more.

Faces of AgSci

“I wanted to pursue a science-based degree that had a promising job outlook and didn’t require graduate school.” -Anastasiya Berst, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar

College of Agricultural Sciences

  2,468 |  
Total number of AgSci
undergraduate students
  116 |  
Number of undergraduate
students in this major
  $500K |  
In scholarships for
AgSci students
  $90M |  
In funding for AgSci
research each year

Food Science & Sustainable Technologies Degree Options

  • Food Science
  • Fermentation Science
  • Enology and Viticulture

Degrees that Pay. Careers that Matter.

Job opportunities are abundant for graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or ecological sustainability. This expertise helps solve the world’s most pressing issues in the arenas of world hunger, human health, and environmental conservation. Discover how you can build a meaningful career that helps make tomorrow better.

Examples of career paths with a degree in Food Science & Sustainable Technologies include:

  • Brewer or Winemaker
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Packaging Supervisor
  • Food or Flavor Chemist
  • Sensory or Food Scientist
  • Dairy Products Specialist

Individualized Advising

Advisors help students develop their course of study. They are the students’ link to scholarships and campus resources, advise on matters of professional development, and point students toward experiential learning and leadership opportunities that will help them be successful in their agricultural or business careers after graduation. For Food Science & Sustainable Technologies advising, contact Daniel Smith

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FST is integrating Sustainability into its program for the 2022-23 year.


B.S. in Food Science & Technology 4-Year Sample Plan | 2021-2022

This is a sample schedule intended for informational purposes only. Students should consult with their OSU academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan.

First Year BI 221 Prins of Bio 4 BI 222 Prins of Bio 4 BACCORE* 3-4
  CH 231 Gen Chem 4 CH 232 Gen Chem 4 CH 233 Gen Chem 4
  CH 261 Lab for Chem 231 1 CH 262 Lab for Chem 232 1 CH 263 Lab for Chem 233 1
BI 223 Prins of Bio FST 101 Food Science Orientation 1 MTH 112 Elementary Functions 4 COMM 111 Public Speaking 3
  MTH 111 College Algebra 4 WR 121 Eng Comp 4 HHS 231 Lifetime Fitness 2
          PAC 1
  Total Credits 14 Total Credits 17 Total Credits 14-15
Second Year CH 331 Organic Chem 4 CH 332 Organic Chem 4 BB 350 Elem Biochem** 4
  OPTION COURSE** 3 OPTION COURSE** 3 FST 360 Food Safety and Sanit. 3
PH 202 Gen Physics OR SOIL 205+206 Soil Science** PH 201 General Physics 5 OPTION COURSE** 3 MTH 227/251 Differential Calc 4
  WR 327 3 NUTR 240 Human Nutrition** 3 OPTION COURSE** 3
      FST 299 Careers in Food 1 Elective or BACCORE* 1-3
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15-17
Third Year FST 472 Food Engineering and Processing 4 FST 473 Food Engr & Processing II 4 FST 370 Ind Preparation/HACCP 3
  CH 337 Organic Chem Lab** 4 CH 324 Quant 4 ST 351 Intro Stats Meths 4
  MTH 228/252 Integral Calc 4 MB 302 Gen Microbiology 3 FST 327 Intro to Sustain Food Processing 3
BACCORE* FST 370 Ind Preparation/HACCP 3 Gen Microbiology Lab 2 OPTION COURSE** or BACCORE* 3
      FST 421 Food Law 3 FST 385 Comm Food & Ferm Sci 3
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16
Fourth Year OPTION COURSE** 3 FST 420 Sensory Eval of Food 3 FST 485 Food Packaging 4
  FST 407 Senior Seminar 1 OPTION COURSE** 3-4 OPTION COURSE** 3-5
  FST 422 Food Chem Fundamentals 4 OPTION COURSE** 3 OPTION COURSE** OR BACCORE* 3
  OPTION COURSE** or BACCORE* 4 BACCORE* 3 BACCORE* or Unrestricted Elective 3
  Unrestricted Elective 1-3 Elective 1    
  Total Credits 13-15 Total Credits 13-14 Total Credits 13-15
          Total Credits 180

*BACCORE = HHS 231 + Physical Activity Course, Perspective Courses – Choose a course from each category: Western Culture, Cultural Diversity, Literature & Arts, Social Processes, Difference, Power, & Discrimination (met with FW Human Dimension Course). Synthesis Courses – Choose a course from each category: Science Tech & Society, and Contemporary Global Issues.

**OPTION COURSE= Course taken depends on option student selects – see the full list of requirements and options at