AUT - Food Science major: Bachelor of Science


Food Science major: Bachelor of Science

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.

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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 1

775205 General and Organic Chemistry *
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication (or 145612 Applied Communication)
775318 Form and Function of Plants and Animals *
775102 Biological Chemistry *
775111 Microbiology *
775317 Ecology and Evolution *
775611 Biophysics *
555401 Health and Environment  (or 555339 Māori Health)

Year 2

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 

Year 3

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.


Career opportunities

  • Laboratory analyst
  • Marketing and packaging (food specialist)
  • New product development
  • Public health advisor
  • Quality control supervisor

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Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Business conjoint degree
Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences conjoint degree
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Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Science  

Last updated: 19-Aug-2014 11.05am

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