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Food Science

Can be taken as: Major, Honours

Food Science is a chemistry-based program which integrates many of the natural sciences such as microbiology, physics, biochemistry, and sensory analysis. The program uses the principles of engineering to help understand many of the physical processes and chemical interactions involved in new food product development, food processing, food analysis, manufacturing, and storage. Food Scientists work on the discovery of new bio-active ingredients and their incorporation into functional foods and ensure that all new products are safe and free from contamination. They also study how flavours and colours develop when food is baked, roasted or fried.

This program will give you the skills and knowledge needed in developing scientific methods used in the field so you will be able to successfully and confidently take on the many roles of a Food Scientist. Food Science students focus their studies on one of the following options:

Food Chemistry Option: The Food Chemistry option is intended for students interested in the chemistry of food and includes more required core chemistry courses. Graduates will have the academic qualifications for membership in the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). This option must be completed in order to be eligible for membership in the Order of Chemists of Quebec (OCQ).

Food Science Option: The Food Science option offers students the opportunity to study food science from a more general and inter-disciplinary approach, integrating courses from various disciplines related to the science of food, including biochemistry, microbiology, and processing. Graduates will have the academic qualifications for membership in the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) and can also qualify for recognition by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

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DETAILED PROGRAM OUTLINES:

Bachelor of Science (Food Science) (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)) - Major Food Science - Food Chemistry Option (90 Credits)
Bachelor of Science (Food Science) (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)) - Major Food Science - Food Science Option (90 Credits)
Bachelor of Science (Food Science) (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)) - Honours Food Science - Food Science Option (90 Credits)