Food Science

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Food is a multi-billion dollar industry that is influenced by changing socio-economic conditions and evolving agricultural and industrial technologies. As a Food Science student, in the Bachelor of Science degree program, you will apply chemistry, microbiology and physics to study the processing and development of food products and processes. The program also covers aspects of law, health, nutrition, and security as they relate to food safety and quality.

You will obtain hands-on experience in the industrial processes such as pasteurization, sterilization, fermentation, and packaging and apply these to commodity groups such as dairy, meats, cereals and beverages. In addition, you will gain experience in sensory evaluation and in the development of new food products and effective food safety and quality assurance programs. Communication skills are also emphasized to help ensure success in your future career.

This program is offered and administered by the Department of Food Science. This program is offered at the Guelph campus.

Admission Requirements

Ontario secondary school students applying to the program require English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 2 courses from Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Physics (SPH4U); completion of all three is highly recommended, and 2 additional 4U or 4M courses. Students that are mature, transfer, or applying from outside Ontario should visit the admission requirements page to learn about their requirements.

Unique Courses

  • Communication in Food Science
  • Food Engineering Principles
  • Food Chemistry
  • Sensory Evaluation of Foods
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Packaging

Full course descriptions and a listing of all courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Co-op

A co-op option is available for students studying in the food science major. Students are required to complete three co-op work terms as part of this five-year degree. Working with Co-operative Education and Career Services, students receive support in applying for positions and completing work terms. The co-op experience improves students’ job search skills, work performance and networking abilities, while they explore career opportunities and make money. Learn more about co-op here.

Career Opportunities

  • Food inspector 
  • Food safety research analyst
  • Food product developer/research scientist
  • Technical sales and food business entrepreneur 
  • Food scientist or technologist
  • Sensory evaluations specialist

What Students are Saying

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here: 

Victoria at the Museum of Illusion in Toronto.

"Guelph is well-known for their food science program, so my decision wasn’t that hard to make. But I also wanted a break from the loud, busy city life (I’ve lived in Toronto my whole life), so Guelph seemed like a good institution where I could study and create a new life at." - Victoria Huynh, food science student

Read the rest of Victoria's profile here.

Learn about other student experiences through the following student profiles:

What Grads are Doing

Want to know what types of exciting careers our graduates have? Meet a few here:

Head shot of Felix.

"People often thinks that all I do is eat, eat and eat at work, which is somewhat true. However, my responsibilities within the product development team are more than that. For instance, I would support my team with running plant trials for existing or new products, modify different documentations in accordance with different changes such as ingredient substitution or a switch in supplier."-Felix Yip, Product Development Coordinator

Read the rest of Felix's profile here.

Learn about other alumni through the following profiles:

Learn About the Perks

Join a dynamic industry.

Careers in the food industry are in demand. Our graduates become leaders in the sector and are well-equipped for flexible career options.

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Create unique food products.

Students develop and market their own food products, while working with industry partners in the Food Product Development course.

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Access funding support. 

OAC offers a range of scholarships, bursaries, awards and travel grants. In 2020, 687 student awards were given out totaling over $1.5 million!

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Questions

Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Check out the following pages to learn more: