Food Science (B.S.)


Majoring in food science isn’t just about food; it’s about the whole process — from the design to the distribution stages and everything in between. While at Clemson, you’ll follow foods from the seed, through the grocery store and onto our plates. As a food science major, you’ll learn all there is to know about how food impacts the human body and our society. This program is more than just classroom learning, as you’ll spend hours in labs creating and learning about all the wonderful qualities of foods. No matter if you prefer the chemistry of combining food elements, exploring the safety of the foods we buy or aiding a young celiac patient in selecting a safe diet, you’ll leave Clemson prepared to take your career to the next level.


  • Our nutrition and dietetics concentration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Our food science and technology concentration is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists.
  • If eligible your senior year, you can begin graduate course work to earn your master’s.
  • Our students develop and market Clemson’s famous ice cream through the ’55 Exchange.
  • You’ll have a chance to study in Belgium and explore this unique intersection where many cultural foods collide.
  • Our students compete nationally for Danisco product development and the Institute of Food Technologists College Bowl.


You'll begin this major by completing fundamental courses in biology, chemistry and math. The program quickly evolves into a greater understanding of food chemistry and what gives food products shelf-stability or how those elements of food relate to metabolism.

Food Science and Technology Concentration
If you’re interested in the business, packaging, culinary science or engineering aspects of food, this concentration will provide an exciting course of study to help prepare you for a career in the food science industry. Your course work will focus on science and math, and you’ll take classes such as food product development and food process engineering.

Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration
Discover how to help others live a healthy lifestyle by learning more about nutrition and managing healthy diets. This concentration is designed to prepare you for a career in nutrition, food production management, technical sales and many others. Students wanting to be a Registered Dietitian will find that this program serves as a great foundation for application for internships through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program
Clemson offers an accelerated five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s program that will allow you to count up to 12 hours of graduate credit toward both your Bachelor of Science in food science and a Master of Science in food, nutrition and culinary sciences.

Popular Minors

  • Packaging Science
  • Psychology
  • Recreational Therapy


Food science majors have a variety of opportunities to conduct research and work closely with food scientists. From the state-of-the-art research kitchen to the CU CHEFS outreach program, students can work with food outside the classroom.

Clemson’s famous ice cream is made from start to bowl by Clemson students. The student-run shop is on the first floor of the Hendrix Student Center.
Each student is required to take part in Creative Inquiry, our undergraduate research program. A recent team worked with local daycare directors to develop healthier meal planning for adolescents.
Clemson is home to a state-of-the-art research kitchen where you can formulate new food products and gain a better understanding of food safety. Other facilities include the sensory and culinary research labs.
Clemson University’s Cooking and Healthy Eating Food Specialists prepares you to teach the healthy cooking tricks of the trade. CU CHEFS’ focus is to help families gain the confidence and expertise needed to prepare healthy meals.
Each summer our students jet off to Brussels, Belgium, and Pamplona, Spain. Courses are offered in flavor development and the art of eating as well as international study of food science, farm to table.
Three Clemson students recently created a post-workout oat-infused beverage that combines low-fat milk, protein, probiotics and fiber. Called tOATal Milk, the product won first prize in a Dairy Research Institute contest.


Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. While the majority of our food science and technology students go into the workforce, our human nutrition students have to complete a nine-month dietetic internship before becoming a registered dietitian.


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  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%


  • Quality Assurance Specialist

    Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Research and Development

  • Culinary Research and Development

    CTI Foods
  • Technical Sales

    GNT Group
  • Dietary Aide

    Sandpiper Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
  • Nutritionist

    Department of Health and Environmental Control


  • Dietetic Intern

    Georgia Regents University
  • Ph.D. Food Science

    Clemson University
  • Dietetic Intern

    Medical University of South Carolina
  • Dietetic Intern

    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • M.S. Nutritional Sciences

    University of Kentucky
  • Dietetic Intern

    Massachusetts General Hospital


  • Business and Technology
    • Quality Assurance
    • Food Safety
    • Quality Inspection
    • Process Inspection
    • Production Management
    • New Food and Flavor Chemistry
    • Sensory Evaluation
    • Applied Food Research
      • Preserving
      • Processing
      • Packaging
      • Storing
      • Delivering
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Consumer Education
  • Science
    • Basic Research
    • Food Microbiology
    • Food Chemistry
    • Product Development
    • Food Engineering
    • Food Safety
    • Quality Inspection
    • Quality Assurance
    • Process Inspection
  • Pre-Professional
    • Medicine
    • Pharmacy
    • Dentistry
    • Veterinary Sciences
    • Other Health Care Fields


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Katie Black

Student Recruitment Coordinator