Study Food Science - 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.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

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The Food Science major covers the physical, chemical, biological and structural elements of food, and the concepts and practices underlying food processing, food sensory evaluation and food packaging.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Science students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Choose one of:

And choose one natural sciences course

And one mathematical and computer sciences course

*Only available to students in the Analytics and Mathematical Modelling and Computation majors

And one course from either the natural sciences or mathematical and computer science courses above.

Complete the following course:

And one of:

In Year 3, you complete a project in an area related to your major. This project gives you an important competitive edge for your career, and is good preparation for postgraduate study.

Courses you complete for this project:

Food science courses

If you're majoring in food science, this is the main subject area you specialise in. It makes up one third of your degree and consists of eight food science-related courses you study throughout your degree.

Year 1 courses

Year 2 courses

Year 3 courses

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  • Food technologist
  • Product/process development scientist
  • food quality assurance coordinator
  • Regulatory affairs officer
  • Food production and scientific laboratory technician
  • Packaging, and sensory technologist

Food science graduates find rewarding roles across many sectors and industries including dairy, meat, horticulture, viticulture, aquaculture, brewing and food manufacturing.


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

Food Science Careers

Key features
  • A wide range of careers within the food sector
  • Focuses on the science behind the food we eat
  • Flexibility: tailor your degree with a second major, minor or electives of your choice
  • Complete an industry-related project in your final year
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
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Litia Takuia
Hannah Gu

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

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