This growing field focuses on careers in nutrition science or the medical profession as well as preparation for a Dietitian Graduate degree. You’ll do blended work across DelVal’s chemistry, biology, mathematics and food science departments, working in small, hands-on classes designed to give you firsthand experience.

In DelVal's food science program you will study a range of topics that will prepare you for a career in the food industry. Courses range from nutrition, food chemistry and microbiology to product development, processing, and quality assurance and safety. Courses are specified by the Institute of Food Technologists and are recommended for students interested in graduate studies in food science, research, and applications in the food industry. You will learn through:

  • small classes and close faculty interaction
  • field trips and summer employment at area food processors and government laboratories
  • internships, some paid, at area food corporations

You will engage in hands-on learning at DelVal's facilities, including:

  • farm retail market with commercial kitchen and ice cream processing
  • dedicated food science classroom with food preparation area
  • food science teaching and research lab
  • Life Sciences Building with seven classrooms and four multi-purpose labs

DelVal graduates of this program have been employed at top food corporations including Campbell's, Clemens Food Group, Wawa Bakeries, Godshall's Quality Meats, Del-Val Food Ingredients, Kellog's, McCormack, Ocean Spray, Pepsi, Turkey Hill and more.

real-world experience
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Food science courses are specified by the Institute of Food Technologists and are recommended for students interested in graduate studies in food science, research, and applications in the food industry.

Core Food Science Courses
  • Introduction to Food Science
  • Sanitation and Safety
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology
  • Product Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Food Analysis
  • Food Processing
Recommended Minors
  • Agribusiness
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Food Systems
  • Policy Studies
  • Writing

The nutrition science specialization is a four-year program that emphasizes food and health promotion and is extremely beneficial in preparing you for a career in nutrition science or the medical profession. The specialization is designed to enhance your ability in chemical, biological and food science as they are defined by nutrition. This area of study will prepare you for a career concentrating on disease prevention, preventative health issues and the nutritional enhancement of food products in industry.

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The Experience360 Program in food science gives you the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real-world activities through internships, career exploration experiences, student research, study abroad, leadership development and more.

Career Paths

With 100 percent of our students having real-world, hands-on experience, graduates with a degree in food science find careers in various areas of the industry such as:

  • Product development
  • Quality assurance and food safety
  • Research and development
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Laboratory analytical testing
  • Product management
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Student Clubs and Organizations
Food Industry Club

The Food Industry Club is a student chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists.

Tom Zhu, Chair and Associate Professor

Office Location: 231A Mandell

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