Food Science


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1. I would like to visit campus.  Who should I contact?

Campus visits are offered throughout the year and can be schedule through the Office of Admission. Weekday visits include a campus tour and admission appointment, and the option to request an academic appointment (with Food Science or any other academic area). A number of special events are also offered throughout the year. To schedule a visit, go to or call 701-231-8643.


2. How much does it cost to attend NDSU?

The Office of Admission ( has the most current information regarding tuition and fees, scholarships and financial aid.


3. What high school courses would help me be successful in the Food Science major?

We suggest courses such as biology, chemistry, physics and math.


4. Who hires Food Science graduates and where do they work?

NDSU Food Science program graduates are hired by the food industry, including meat, cereal, fruit and vegetable, dairy, seafood, food ingredient, beverage, wine and beer manufacturing industries, various analytical services companies, government agencies (USDA and FDA inspection services and research stations), academia, and research institutions.

Most of our graduates find jobs in Minnesota, North Dakota, and other Midwest states such as Iowa and Wisconsin. However, there are approximately 10,000 food companies in the United States. Thus, you can find job opportunities in every state.


5. What are typical jobs for Food Science graduates?


6. What are typical salaries for Food Science graduates?

A student completing a B.S. degree in Food Science will earn approximately $40,000-$50,000 depending on location of employment.


7. How big is the program?  Will I be just a number?

The program enrollment numbers range between 30-40 students. There are approximately 7 faculty members devoted specifically to Food Science and another 5 that assist in teaching and curriculum development. A typical class size is 9-15 students.


8. How do I apply for the Food Science major?

The Office of Admission handles the application process all undergraduate programs at NDSU ( The application is online. When asked to select a major, indicate Food Science as your major.


9. What courses are required for me to complete a Food Science degree?

The program includes courses in food chemistry, food analysis, food and dairy microbiology, food processing, food engineering, meat science, nutrition science and cereal technology, in addition to basic courses in mathematics, the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Most of the applied courses in food science are taken after the basic courses have laid the groundwork for the student.

The program allows flexibility in selecting suitable electives to direct one's career goal. Areas of emphasis include food safety, microbiology, sciences, business and management, engineering, nutrition and processing.

The curriculum for Food Science is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists. The four-year undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Food Science. The program enables graduates to recognize, critically analyze and solve problems realistically in both industrial and academic environments. It provides the opportunity to gain industrial experience during undergraduate study by means of industry internships.

The requirements for a degree can be found on the curriculum guide located on the Office of Registration and Records website ( The B.S. degree requires 128 credits of coursework. However, some credits may be transferred ( from another institution. Transferred credits count toward the 128 credit requirement, thus reducing the number of credits that need to be taken at NDSU.


10. Where can I find a description of the courses?

The course descriptions can be found on this website at


11. Who is my advisor?

For incoming freshman the advisor is assigned approximately 3-4 weeks after the beginning of the semester. The Food Science Program Coordinator assigns advisors. If you do not hear from your advisor after this time, please contact the Food Science Program Coordinator (see contact information below).

For individuals transferring into the program or changing majors, please complete the Major/Minor and Adviser Change Form form ( Leave the advisor part of the form blank unless you have an agreement from a faculty member in the Food Science program to be your advisor. Once the form is completed and submitted for a major change, then an advisor will be assigned.


12. Are scholarships available?

Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources are eligible for general scholarships awarded through the College ( Several scholarships donated from the food industries are also available for application on a competitive basis. In addition, students can apply for scholarships from the Minnesota section of IFT and the national Institute of Food Technologists ( organization.


For Further Information

Dr. Anuradha Vegi, Food Science Program Coordinator
NDSU Dept. 7640
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: (701) 231-6240
FAX: (701) 231-7723

This web page (  provides answers to other questions you might have, such as registering for classes, how to use Blackboard, etc.

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