Food Science

Two female students in lab coats and blue gloves take samples of food in lab

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 students applying for the Bachelor of Science – Food Science program require 4U English; Advanced Functions; 2 courses from 4U Biology, Chemistry and Physics; 2 additional 4U or 4M courses. To be best prepared for semester one of the program, all applicants are advised to include 4U Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Full information on admission requirements can be found here:

How to Apply

Sample First Year Courses

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
  • Arts or Social Science elective

Semester 2

  • Biological Concepts of Health
  • General Chemistry II
  • Elements of Calculus II
  • Physics for Life Sciences

For full course descriptions and a listing of second, third and fourth year courses, check out the undergraduate calendar here:

Career Oppotunities

  • Food safety research analyst
  • Food product developer
  • Technical sales and food business entrepreneur 

Life as a Food Science Student

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Read about student experiences through the following student profiles: