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Best College for Food Science Major?

FuturebrewingFuturebrewing Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
edited July 2010 in Science Majors
Hello all. Does anybody know of what colleges have the best Food science programs? I am interested in majoring in food science or anything related to science dealing with food, fermentation, etc...

So far I am considering Oregon State University. They have a fermentation science degree.

Also, California UC Davis has a food science/Brewing science Degree.

I can't find much info out there except websites pointing me to MIT, Harvard, etc...

I cannot get into these schools!

I am pretty excited about Oregon State and UC Davis but I want to see all of my options.

I would greatly appreciate any help. Thanks for your time.
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Replies to: Best College for Food Science Major?

  • FuturebrewingFuturebrewing Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I'd also like to mention that working in a lab sounds really fun to me as well. My friends wife works in a lab. He was telling me that she was doing these tests where she would put E. coli in mashed potatoes or someting and then send it off to a lab to see if they could figure out what was in the potatoes.

    So maybe food chemistry or food microbiology major?

    I am open to anything related to food science. Thanks again!
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Registered User Posts: 6,608 Senior Member
    You might want to look at any large land-grant school with an agriculture program. I seem to remember Penn State having a food science program, and it really wouldn't surprise me if Cornell did as well. Other schools that might have them are U Wisconsin and maybe the University of Michigan.

    I forget my login info, but if you make an account on Princeton Review they have a listing of schools that offer the degree: http://www.princetonreview.com/Majors.aspx?cip=011001&page=1
  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Registered User Posts: 2,886 Senior Member
    You might want to look at any large land-grant school with an agriculture program.

    Let me plug my school, Michigan State University. The Food Science Management program is pretty big there....both for the folks who started as FSM majors and the (don't laugh) ex-business majors who did not make it to the business school. Since it allowed so many electives, I know graduates who still took extra courses in their "intended business major" and grabbed jobs in their "intended" area of business.
  • lostmarchlostmarch Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo comes to mind.
    Home - Food Science And Nutrition - Cal Poly
  • MD MomMD Mom Registered User Posts: 6,728 Senior Member
    Agree with the Land Grant university suggestion...Penn State does have food science. Iowa State too.
  • BoonsboroBoonsboro Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
  • StoogeStooge Registered User Posts: 450 Member
    Yes, U Wisconsin has a monster program:

    Food Science: University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • B0BTheBuilderB0BTheBuilder Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    UC Davis, they have a great program for food science, best out of all the UC's.
  • tb0mb93tb0mb93 Registered User Posts: 1,320 Senior Member
    What are the careers one can pursue if they do one of these majors, say from a school like UW or Cornell? What is the salary like?
  • MD MomMD Mom Registered User Posts: 6,728 Senior Member
    I think that OP is interested in owning a winery some day. However, any food company has food scientists working for them. Here in Maryland, we have Domino Sugar and McCormick spices. Lots of testing and even tasting and smelling. I do not know what the salary range is, but I think it is a good field and there are not a lot of programs.
  • mamaroneckmamaroneck Registered User Posts: 232 Junior Member
    People always gott eat, so the food science and tech industry is a pretty stable career choice, IMHO.

    Probably not the highest salary, but a comfortable lifestyle I think, especially if you take that degree to a Masters level and get some skills and knowledge that keep you in demand
  • Almondboy302Almondboy302 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I would suggested UC Davis as they have an excellent program with a lot of history in brewing and that seems to be the posters primary interest. I personally know over a dozen people who are now in the brewing industry from there. They also have brand new facilities in the new building. There is also a budweiser endowed chair who is a great educator with many connections. I am an alum of UCD and finishing up at Cornell. My main suggestion of UCD is not since I am an alumni, it does seem that you are west coast based and UCD is big enough to have a seperate brewing and enology program. Many other programs combing them into a fermentation science major so this allows you tailor your education to your future goals. I would suggest calling each schools department for details, contacts, and future visits.

    Land grant schools are probably your best bet bang for your buck but realize that they can be very expensive if you are an out of state applicant. just make sure you consider that.

    FYI in a recent study of the past 5 years, UCD and Cornell were the top schools in terms of research output from Food Science programs. Actually check out IFT.org for a complete list of schools with food sci departments. Also check out IFTSA for the national student level organization. IFT is the largest professional group for the food industry.
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