Food Science major: Bachelor of Science
Food science 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.
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.
Bachelor of Science: degree outline
You will study core (compulsory) papers from across the degree in addition to optional elective papers.
In your first year you take eight compulsory papers. These papers provide a general scientific grounding that is important for students:
775411 Food Science
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
775102 Biological Chemistry
555401 Health and Environment
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation
You continue to deepen your understanding of food science by studying papers that cover the areas of food technology, food chemistry and food microbiology.776411 Food Chemistry I
776412 Food Microbiology I
776413 Food Technology
776414 Process Engineering
776220 Analytical Chemistry
Plus three electives.
In the final year of your degree you will have the opportunity to enrol in either the Food Product Development or Research Project paper (both 30 points) if you had a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This may involve placement in an employer organisation related to your major and undertaking a mini research project.
ScholarshipThe School of Applied Sciences offers competitive fee-only scholarships for the first year of Bachelor of Science (one for every major). Some of these scholarships are for the full three years and are co-funded by external institutions, such as the Department of Conservation.
Visit the scholarship website to find out more
Career opportunitiesGraduates find a wide range of employment opportunities in food related industries. These include:
- Product development scientist
- Food microbiologist
- Sensory scientist
- Food chemist
- Quality control executive
- Science teacher*
- Food scientist
Other majors and pathways in the Bachelor of Science
- Applied Conservation
- Applied Mathematics
- Computer Science
- Environmental Sciences
- Food Safety
- Geospatial Science
- Health Protection
- Marine Biology
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Last updated: 10-Feb-2015 12.08pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.