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Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Food Science and Human Nutrition, B.S.

Food Science and Technology Concentration

Food Packaging and Manufacturing Emphasis

Sustainable Food, Nutrition, and Health Emphasis

Culinary Science (Culinology™) Emphasis

Nutrition Concentration

Basic and Behavioral Science Emphasis

Community Health and Wellness Emphasis

Dietetics Emphasis

Food Industry Emphasis

Career Pathways

Packaging Science, B.S.

Distribution, Transportation and Engineering Technology Emphasis

Food and Healthcare Packaging Emphasis

Materials Emphasis

Package Design and Graphics Emphasis

two female students slice vegetables while Dr. Marge Condrasky looks on.
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition, B.S.

    Food Science and Human Nutrition majors apply principles of basic and applied sciences to the design and manufacture of high quality, sustainable, convenient, safe and nutritious foods, in addition to identifying the relationship between nutrients and human health. The curriculum allows flexibility for concentrating in one of two areas, based on one’s academic and professional goals: (1) Food Science and Technology or (2) Nutrition.

    Food Science and Human Nutrition

  • Packaging Science B.S.

    Packaging science majors first complete basic course work in science and math before delving into the intricacies of packaging design, materials, polymers and distribution. A strong science and math background is essential for success.

    Packaging Science
  • Academic Program Fee

    The departmental mission of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University aligns well with the University’s  Clemson Forward Strategic Plan. The department is dedicated to the development and practice of creative teaching, innovative research and high impact public service programs that improve food safety and quality; nutritional wellbeing; and packaging design, processing materials, and transportation. By providing leadership in food technology, culinary science, human nutrition and packaging science, the department delivers the tools and education for advancing the food, nutrition services, and packaging industries to improve the quality of life for people in South Carolina, the nation, and the global community.

    Keeping pace with change is critical for success in the 21 st century. FNPS graduates must be prepared with more than just access to the latest technology and course content. They need courses that fully develop their skills in leadership, research, decision-making, and critical thinking. We want our students to have an impactful and rewarding college experience with the opportunity to pursue outstanding careers. To accomplish this, we have designed each of our programs undergraduate experience to increase our student’s success in highly competitive job markets.  This goal is partially supported by an Academic Program Fee that funds student engagement opportunities, program enhancements, infrastructure, and faculty positions that benefit both majors.  Clemson University is not unique in charging these types of fees, but we want to be transparent about them.

    Enhancements include additional student engagement opportunities in each of our majors and concentrations such as funding for all students to attend related professional conferences, reduced student:teacher ratios, opportunities to tour/visit related companies or health profession sites, supporting and enhancing Creative Inquiry (undergraduate research) opportunities, supporting fees for professional certifications, infrastructure enhancements and ultimately top-tier faculty additions. The ability to enhance our advising capabilities and professional development opportunities will give our students a competitive edge.

    Fee Assessment

    Food Science and Human Nutrition (FDHN) Major Fee

    • $750 per semester for all full-time FDHN majors
    • $63 per credit hour for part-time students

    Packaging Science (PKSC) Major Fee

    • $1000 per semester for all full-time PKSC majors
    • $84 per credit hour for part-time students

    Fee-Funded Programs/Benefits

    • Enriched Student Engagement
      • Creative Inquiry Product Development Teams - offers students opportunities in national competitions sponsored by professional associations (e.g., Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) National Product Development, DuPont Nutrition and Health Knowledge Award competition, 48 Hour Repack Packaging competition)
      • Sponsored attendance at annual professional conferences such as Research Chef Association (RCA), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), Pack Expo, and Packaging Jamboree
      • Opportunities to tour/visit food or packaging related companies and/or health profession sites within the state or region
      • Student travel funding to national conferences for presenting research findings or team competitions
      • Students can apply for financial aid to make study abroad learning opportunities a reality
    • Student discipline associated certifications (HACCP, ServSafe, etc.)
    • National professional organization student memberships for selected students
    • Additional Graduate Teaching Assistantships to enhance learning opportunities for various courses and laboratories
    • Increased Instructional support
      • Increase the number of top-tier faculty and decrease average class size across the department
      • Average class sizes (student:teacher ratios ) across each program can be reduced
      • Increase advising capabilities and/or dedicated advising positions
      • Stipend to bring in industry and health professional experts as guest speakers or lecturer series
    • Enhancements and upgrades to each program’s infrastructure and equipment
    • Program industry-specific recruiters are brought to campus to interact with students.

    Contact Us

    If you have additional questions about the opportunities provided by the fee, please contact:

    Charles R. Santerre, Ph.D.
    Chair, Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences
    223 Poole Agricultural Center

  • Curriculum Worksheets

    For a full list of curriculum worksheets for Undergraduate Programs visit our Student Services website.

    View Curriculum Worksheets
  • Advising

    For questions concerning Undergraduate Majors please visit the Advising page.

  • Student Research

    Creative Inquiry projects offer students the opportunity to engage in long-term, team-based projects with an emphasis on undergraduate research but include other academic engagement opportunities (e.g., service-learning, outreach, global engagement, entrepreneurship). For a full list of Creative Inquiry courses available visit the current projects page.

    Browse Creative Inquiries
  • CAFLS Advantage

    CAFLS Advantage funds learning experiences beyond the classroom, developing a student's critical thinking skills, preparing graduates to meet your career goals, and fueling the inspiration to tackle the grand challenges facing our state, nation and the world.

    CAFLS Advantage
  • Scholarships

    For a full list of scholarships visit the Office of Scholarships website.

    Office of Scholarships
  • Internships/Job Opportunities

    If you are interested in an internship, please visit the For Students page in Student Services.

    Career Services for Students
  • Clubs

    FNPS offers the following clubs and organizations listed below. To view, a full list of clubs offered within CAFLS visit the clubs page.

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