A Letter from the Department Chair

Dr Pometto, Department Chairperson, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Welcome to the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences (FNPS). FNPS manages two undergraduate degrees, one in Food Science and one in Packaging Science, and three graduate programs: M.S. in Food, Nutrition and Culinary Sciences (thesis and non-thesis), M.S. in Packaging Science and Ph.D. in Food Technology.  

The Food Science major continues to offer two concentrations, one in Food Science and Technology and one in Nutrition and Dietetics. Our Food Science program is approved by the Institute of Food Technologist, the Research Chefs Association, and our Nutrition and Dietetic concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education with the American Dietetic Association (ADA) for our students continuing on to become register dietitians.

The department is also a partner with the Youth Learning Institute for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and The Center for Healthy Living with Dr. Cason as their director. Dr. Condrasky manages the CU CHEFS (Clemson University Healthy Eating and Food Specialists; web page) which is the only program in the nation educating professional and nonprofessional cooks in culinary science with human nutrition. The department also offers its undergraduate and graduate students’ unique hands-on experiences via its Sensory Evaluation Laboratory, Culinary Research and Development Kitchen, and Cryovac Flavourmark® Retort Laboratory. We also provide our students with some unique entrepreneurship opportunities with the MicroCreamery or ’55 Exchange with Dr. McGregor at the professor-in-charge, and it is ranked among the largest student-run business on any university campus in the USA.

The Packaging Science major is one of six accredited programs in the USA offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Packaging Science. No other university in the USA can offer the variety of hands-on experiences available to our students in the Packaging Science program. These include the Sonoco Packaging Testing Laboratory, the DuPont Laboratory, the Permeability Laboratory, the Cryovac Flavourmark® Retort Laboratory, and the Sonoco Institute in the Harris Smith Building. All students are required to select an emphasis area and to do a co-op prior to graduation, which makes our graduates very marketable.

The signature area for a Clemson University graduate in Food Science and Packaging Science is Creative Inquiry (CI), which is an undergraduate research opportunity. Every semester FNPS has 200 to 300 students on CI teams of 10 to 12 students. We are the largest CI program on the Clemson University campus providing our students with these real world experiences before they graduate. It also places all our graduates heads and shoulders above other graduates across the USA.

My door is always open so please stop by anytime for a visit.

Go Tigers!

Anthony L. Pometto III, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair