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Food science

What is a food science major?

This program focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of converting raw agricultural products into processed forms suitable for direct human consumption, and the storage of such products. Curriculum subjects include applicable aspects of the agricultural sciences, human physiology and nutrition, food chemistry, agricultural products processing, food additives, food preparation and packaging, food storage and shipment, and related aspects of human health and safety including toxicology and pathology.

How much do food science majors make?

median average salary


The national average salary for food science graduates in the United States is $70,000 per year. Those in the top 10 percent make over $172,000 a year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year. While salary ranges can vary by role, industry, and location, food science graduates typically make between $45,000 and $106,000 per year.

How popular is food science as a major?

Each year, around 1,400 students obtain a bachelor’s degree and around 30 students obtain an associate degree in food science. In 2021, 1,262 students received a bachelor's degree and 21 students received an associate degree. This is relatively the same number of food science majors as there were in 2020. Food science is a relatively uncommon major within food and nutrition.