X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Food Science (Co-op) (FOOD:C)

Department of Food Science, Ontario Agricultural College

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Food Science is a five year program, including four work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Food Science Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3


Academic Semester 4

COOP*1000 Work Term I

3 Academic Semester 5 Academic Semester 6 COOP*2000 Work Term II
4 COOP*3000 Work Term III COOP*4000 Work Term IV Off
5 Academic Semester 7 Academic Semester 8 N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.

Credit Summary (21.50 Total Credits)*

4.00 - First year science required

9.50 - Required in semesters 3-8

2.00 - Restricted electives

2.00 - Liberal Education electives

1.00 or 1.50 - Additional Science electives (1.50 if MCS*3010 is chosen as a Restricted Elective)

1.00 or 1.50 - Free electives (1.00 if MCS*3010 is chosen as a Restricted Elective)

1.50 - Co-op Work Terms

Note: A minimum of three Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fourth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number of credits will equal 22.00.

Students not in the Food Science Major who are seeking further study in Food Science are encouraged to consider the Certificate in Food Science. See Special Study Opportunities, Chapter XI of the Calendar.

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1 - Fall
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
MATH*1080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus I
PHYS*1080 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences
0.50 Liberal Education electives
Note: CIS*1200, rather than an Liberal Education credit is recommended for those needing to improve their computer skills.
Students lacking Grade 12 or 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics should follow the revised schedule of study for this major found at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/revised_SS
Semester 2 - Winter
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
MATH*1090 [0.50] Elements of Calculus II
PHYS*1070 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences II
0.50 Liberal Education electives
Summer Semester


Semester 3 - Fall
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
CHEM*2880 [0.50] Physical Chemistry
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
FOOD*2150 [0.50] Introduction to Nutritional and Food Science
MICR*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Microbiology
0.50 electives
Semester 4 - Winter
FOOD*2100 [0.50] Communication in Food Science
FOOD*2620 [0.50] Food Engineering Principles
NUTR*3210 [0.50] Fundamentals of Nutrition
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
0.50 electives
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Semester 5 - Fall
FOOD*3030 [0.50] Food Chemistry I
FOOD*3160 [0.75] Food Processing I
FOOD*3230 [0.75] Food Microbiology
0.50 electives
Semester 6 - Winter
FOOD*3040 [0.50] Food Chemistry II
FOOD*3170 [0.50] Food Processing II
FOOD*3260 [0.50] Industrial Microbiology
FOOD*3700 [0.50] Sensory Evaluation of Foods
0.50 electives
Summer Semester


Fall Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Winter Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 7 - Fall
FOOD*4190 [0.50] Advanced Food Analysis
FOOD*4260 [0.50] Food Product Development I
1.50 electives
Semester 8 - Winter
FOOD*4270 [0.50] Food Product Development II
2.00 electives


  1. ENGL*1200 is recommended for those students needing to improve their English grammar.

  2. FOOD*2150 could be replaced by FOOD*2010 with permission of department advisor.

Restricted Electives
FOOD*4070 [0.50] Food Packaging
FOOD*4090 [0.50] Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
FOOD*4110 [0.50] Meat and Poultry Processing
FOOD*4220 [0.50] Topics in Food Science
FOOD*4230 [0.50] Research in Food Science
FOOD*4310 [0.50] Food Safety Management Systems
FOOD*4400 [0.50] Dairy Processing
FOOD*4520 [0.50] Utilization of Cereal Grains for Human Food
MCS*3010 [0.50] Quality Management
POPM*4040 [0.50] Epidemiology of Food-borne Diseases
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