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.
CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
FOOD502 Food Science
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
CHEM502 Biological Chemistry
HEAL507 Health and Environment
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation
Plus 3 electives.
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.
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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.
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