Food Science

Auburn's Food Science program, which is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists, blends a strong foundation in the basic sciences (chemistry, physics, biology and engineering) with the multidisciplinary expertise of faculty from Auburn's Animal Sciences, Poultry Science and Biosystems Engineering departments. Students also have opportunities to interact directly with the food industry through internships and other problem-solving experiences linked directly to industry needs and issues.  In addition, Food Science students have access to undergraduate research experiences that prepare them for work on graduate and professional degrees.

What is Food Science?

Food Science is an exciting multidisciplinary scientific field where concepts of chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, engineering and nutrition are utilized to develop and produce foods that are safe, palatable, healthy and economical. The ever-changing food industry must meet the demands of consumers, meet dietary guidelines for health maintenance and still be profitable for manufacturers. To accomplish these objectives, food scientists use their scientific training within the multi-billion dollar food industry. Food Science graduates are prepared to enter many areas of the food industry, including quality control, research and development and management. Students seeking a way of using their scientific background in a meaningful way should consider Food Science as their field of study. After all, each food product on the grocery store shelves was conceptualized, developed, and manufactured by a team of food scientists.

At Auburn University, the Food Science degree is offered within the Department of Poultry Science. After completing coursework in the basic sciences, Food Science students take specialized courses in food chemistry, food analysis, food engineering, food microbiology, processing and product development. Students have opportunities to make practical applications of their studies by applying their knowledge to food formulation and production problems experienced by industry. An internship or other approved practical experience is required for graduation. Food Science students may also participate in various undergraduate research opportunities.

Food Science Curriculum Model
Food Science Website

Job Opportunities in Food Science

Food Science graduates may work for such nationally known companies as:

Blue Bell Creameries
H. C. Brill
Sara Lee
Pilgrim's Pride
Flowers Foods

The Food Science discipline is larger than a single department. Therefore, Auburn University utilizes expertise in multiple departments to provide the best educational experiences for our Food Science students. Personnel involved in teaching our students include faculty from the departments of Animal Sciences, Poultry Science and Biosystems Engineering. Faculty members in these and other related departments have joined to create a “Faculty of Food Science” to further strengthen Food Science at Auburn University.


Dr. Leonard Bell, Ph.D
Auburn University Department of Poultry Science
301 H Poultry Science Building
Auburn, Alabama 36849-5416

Last Updated: May 14, 2013

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