Food Science Major - Bachelor of Science

The Food Science major in the Bachelor of Science introduces you to the science behind the food we eat. It can open the door to a wide range of careers in food science.

Food innovation is driven by trends like reducing sugar, sodium and fat; using more natural flavourings and colourings, and improving the shelf-life of foods. Food scientists are critical in the production of food. They develop new food products, improve sensory attributes and nutritional content of foods, and find new ways to preserve, process, package and distribute food.

Study food science and become familiar with food chemistry, food microbiology, sensory science, food product development and food processing and technology. You learn to analyse the characteristics of food, discover new food sources, and research how to make processed foods safe and healthy.


This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

Start date: 2019

Year 1

CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
FOOD502 Food Science
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
CHEM502 Biological and Solution Chemistry
MICR501 Microbiology
SCIE503 Biophysics
HEAL507 Health and Environment
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation

Year 2 and 3

Level 6 papers

FOOD601 Food Chemistry
FOOD602 Food Microbiology
FOOD603 Food Technology
FOOD604 Food Process Engineering
CHEM604 Analytical Chemistry

Plus 3 electives.

Level 7 papers

MICR702 Advanced Food Microbiology
FOOD704 Advanced Food Chemistry
FOOD705 Sensory Evaluation

Plus:

  • Five elective papers OR
  • Four electives and Food Product Development OR
  • Three electives and the Research Project paper

Workplace experience

In your final year you can enrol in either the Food Product Development or the Research Project paper if you have at least a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This may involve working on an industry-related project related to your major.

SCIE701 Research Project

FOOD701 Food Product Development

Companies or research organisations involved include:

  • AgResearch
  • Future Cuisine Ltd
  • Goodman Fielder
  • McCowley Enterprises Ltd
  • Merit Meats Ltd
  • Olivado NZ
  • Tegel
  • Thoughtgroup Ltd
  • Product development scientist
  • Food microbiologist
  • Sensory scientist
  • Food chemist
  • Food scientist

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Food Science Careers

Other majors in the Bachelor of Science

You can combine this major with other majors like Food Safety, Microbiology, or Health Protection and complete your Bachelor of Science within three years without doing more than the standard eight papers (120 points) per year.

Postgraduate study options

Key features
  • A wide range of careers within the food sector
  • Focuses on the science behind the food we eat
  • Opportunity to complete a food product development project
See yourself as
  • Knowledgeable about a range of sciences and their applications to food
  • Meticulous particularly with regards to health, safety and hygiene
  • A creative problem-solver
Svetlana (Lana) Philcox
Hanisah Hasny
Samir Brown
Rahul Permal

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.