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Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

Food Science and Technology Concentration

The food science and technology concentration within the B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition degree program allows students to focus their program of study in one of three emphasis areas:

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

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 and internship opportunitiesThe 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.

  • Career Paths

    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 by visiting the IFT Career Center.

    IFT Salary Survey
  • Accelerated Five-Year Bachelor-to-Graduate Program in Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science
    The Department of Food Nutrition and Packaging Sciences also offers an accelerated five-year bachelor-to-graduate program that allows students to count up to 12 hours of graduate credit toward both the B.S. degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and the M.S. 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.
  • Popular Links

    Research Chef's Association (RCA)

    Culinology ® Magazine

    Institute of Food Technologists

    Food Technology Magazine

    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.

Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences
Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences | 223 Poole Agricultural Center; Box 340316, Clemson, SC 29634