Food Science Single Major
Part of the Bachelor of Science program
Commencing semesters, 2013
Int Only FullTime/Dom PartTime
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
Phone: 07 3365 1888
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Why study Food Science?
Food science is a highly interdisciplinary science incorporating many different fields including microbiology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry. It deals with issues such as food safety, product development, the industrial processes used to manufacture food, food preservation, food technology, packaging, molecular gastronomy and sensory analysis. As one of the life sciences it is quite distinct from the field of nutrition.
You will learn the processes involved in developing, producing and evaluating new foods; examine the causes and prevention of foodborne illnesses; acquire the methodologies for microbiological and chemical testing of food; discover the causes and prevention of quality degradation; study the physics and physical chemistry of food and apply your knowledge to industry based problems.
As a food scientist you will examine all of the technical aspects of foods from 'field to fork' including the development of new foods, designing the processes to produce these foods, choosing the packaging materials for optimal storage and transport, conduct shelf-life studies and sensory evaluation of products with consumer panels as well as the microbiological and chemical testing of products for consumer safety.
What you can study
Food Science is also available as an extended major or as a dual Food Science and Nutrition major.
View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Food Science major.
The food industry, Australia's largest manufacturing industry, has strong demand for highly qualified graduates in food science. You will find employment in:
- food microbiology
- food standards
- food technology
- process and product development
- production management
- quality assurance
- research and development
- technical sales.
What it costs
Please view the Bachelor of Science for indicative fees.
How to apply
Please view the Bachelor of Science for information on key dates and how to apply.
Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:
- Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology