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Food Science Degree Program

Emphasis Areas (students select a specialized interest)

  • Food Packaging & Manufacturing Operations
  • Sustainable Food Nutrition and Health
  • Culinary Science (Culinology™)

Food Science and Human Nutrition Degree (BS) Information

The food industry is a global effort that requires highly skilled individuals with strong science knowledge and technical skills. Our program not only prepares students in these areas but also has a focus on engaging students in “real world” team led research projects and understanding the creation and development of successful global food business enterprises. In our program you will spend 7 semesters as part of a small research team of students working with a faculty mentor on industry relevant research projects.  The program also has “hands-on” food business entrepreneurship, study abroad and internship opportuities.  The Food Science Program is home to Clemson’s student run business enterprise the ’55 Exchange. Students running the ’55 Exchange are responsible for the design, manufacture, and sale of Clemson’s world famous ice cream.

Opportunities for employment include a wide variety of career paths such as new food product research and development, design of sustainable food systems, quality assurance management, analytical testing, operations management, food packaging applications, marketing, customer services and technical sales.  Local, state and federal agencies also need graduates for positions in sustainability, food safety and regulatory positions.  Check out the current job listings in Food Science at careers.ift.org/jobs .

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All three emphasis areas are approved by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and creatively designed to match a student’s special interest.  The unique Culinary Science emphasis area combines the creative culinary arts with food science and is one of a few select national programs approved by the Research Chef’s Association as meeting the requirements for the title of CulinologyTM.

Accelerated 5 Year BS/MS Degree Program in Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science

Our program also offers an accelerated five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program that allows students to count up to twelve hours of graduate credit toward both the BS degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and the MS degree in Food, Nutrition and Culinary Sciences.  This accelerated program makes it possible for a student to complete a full Master's Degree in five years versus six years in traditional programs.