Food chemistry is an exciting and extremely rewarding area of science in New Zealand. With this major, you will gain the skills and knowledge required in this profession.
Bachelor of Science: degree outline
Human existence is maintained on the basis that we provide our bodies with sufficient nutrition. A scientific understanding of food is vital to human existence on many levels. It increases our ability to add value to our agricultural and horticultural industries, helps us understand the impact of nutrition on the health of our economy and the importance of nutrition and people’s individual health. The role of a food scientist is critical in the production of food. Jobs include working in food processing or packaging industries, developing new products with the help of biotechnology and improving the nutritional content of foods through research and development.
This major introduces you to the science behind the food we eat and its fundamental effect on our quality of life. The basic principles of microbiology and chemistry will give you an understanding of food product development and food safety. Analysis of food, food chemistry, food microbiology, HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points), sensory evaluation, food packaging and legal issues relating to food are also studied.
You will study Core (compulsory) papers from across the degree in addition to optional elective papers.
Year 1775205 General and Organic Chemistry
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
(or 145612 Applied Communication
775318 Form and Function of Plants and Animals
775102 Biological Chemistry
775317 Ecology and Evolution
555401 Health and Environment
(or 555339 Māori Health
Students choose from the following papers:5775112 Systematic Microbiology
775411 Food Science
776411 Food Chemistry I
776412 Food Microbiology I
776413 Food Technology
776414 Process Engineering
776220 Analytical Chemistry of Food
Students undertake a research project that involves an investigation into a scientific problem. Students develop skills in experimental design, literature searching and the collection, treatment, interpretation and reporting of results.
716282 Quality Assurance 6
777416 Food Chemistry II
777417 Sensory Evaluation **
777411 Food Microbiology II
777412 Food Packaging Technology
777413 Food Industry Legislation
777003 Research Project
1. To fulfil the Food Science Major you must take all of the papers marked * and one paper marked **
2. Research Project 777003 is a two semester paper.
- Laboratory analyst
- Marketing and packaging (food specialist)
- New product development
- Public health advisor
- Quality control supervisor
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