Food Science Major

Food Science Major

Available at: Athens

Food science students study microbiology, chemistry and engineering—programs of study necessary to understand the nature of foods and the underlying principles of food processing and preservation. This knowledge is used by food scientists to make food safer, healthier, more tempting and less likely to spoil.

What does a Food Science Major Study?


View the required Food Science courses and available electives in the UGA Bulletin. course plans below for typical course sequences of Food Science majors. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.



To prepare for courses to earn a Food Science degree we recommend you:

  • Explore Food Science opportunities in your high school
  • Engage in traditional agricultural extracurricular activities, such as 4-H and FFA
  • Volunteer and/or participate in local Food Science Extension Workshops
  • Volunteer for food banks or similar organizations

What can a Food Science student do outside of class?

Hands-On Learning

Get Involved


See complete list of CAES student clubs and organizations.

What jobs can I get with a Food Science degree?

Food Science

Career Potential

  • Product Development Scientist
  • Sensory Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Food Microbiologist
  • Food Chemist
  • Quality Assurance Director
  • Public Health Official

Entry-Level Salary

$50,000 to $72,000

How do I pay for college?


Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) awards scholarships to students enrolled in our majors.

The Department of Food Science and Technology awards scholarships to current

Go to CAES Scholarships.

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.

  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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