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University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) 
University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Food Science and Technology, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science and Technology is organized to provide knowledge and skills in the area of food safety, food preservation technologies, food analysis, quality assurance, and new product development. This degree is designed to provide technical opportunities for students interested in a career in the food industry in positions such as production manager, food technologist, HACCP coordinator, quality assurance manager, quality control manager, technical service leader, sales representative, regulatory affairs manager, new product innovation manager, health inspection, and research. Students may also prepare for graduate study in Food Science and Technology.

Requirements for the Major (122 units)

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology is 180 units. After completing the General Education courses required for the Food Science Technology major, the remaining major requirements consist of a lower division core of 29 units and an upper division core of 44 units for a total of 73 units, 24 units of Food Safety Emphasis courses and 4 - 6 units of directed elective. A minimum C grade is required in all courses used to meet major requirements.

Students completing the University requirements and the lower and upper division General Education (G.E.) course requirements listed below as well as the requirements in the major will have fulfilled all university and general education requirements for the degree.


Students must pass HHS 101 or HHS 301 within their first two quarters of enrollment.

General Education (G.E.) Lower Division Requirements for Food Science and Technology Majors (61 Units)

The following GE program is required for students majoring in Food Science and Technology.

Note: Two Diversity courses (d) must be included in the GE Coursework.

Block A: Basic Subjects (16 Units)

A1 Written Communication

A2 Oral Communication

A3 Critical Thinking

Select a critical thinking course (4)

A4 Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning

American Institutions (8 Units)

See the University Catalog for required G.E. courses

Block B: Natural Sciences (9 Units)

Block C: Humanities (12 Units)

Select 12 units from three different areas listed in Block C

Block D: Social Sciences (12 Units)

Block E: Lifelong Understanding (4 Units)

Select a Lifelong Understanding course listed in Block E

Note: HHS 101 satisfies both IHE and Block E

* = Required for major program and Lower Division GE

General Education (G.E.) Coursework Upper Division (12 Units)

Block F: Upper Division Theme (12 Units)

Select an Upper GE Division Theme of your choice with the provision that the two diversity (d) course requirement is being met if it has not already been met with lower division G.E. coursework.

Required Core (73 Units)

Directed Elective (4 -6 units)

With adviser approval, student completes 4 - 6 units of elective course work in Food Science and Technology or related fields.