Food Science Tracks and Sample Plans

When declaring food science as your major at the University of Minnesota, you will have two tracks to choose from to best fit your educational and career path needs. 

Below is a description of each track, and a sample plan to help guide you in your decision-making process.

Food Science Track A
Food Science Track A is an approved program by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the professional organization for Food Science, and thus complies with the core competencies and student learning outcomes of IFT. Track A is comparable to other Food Science Programs across the nation that have IFT approval. Students graduating with Track A are competitive to secure food industry jobs. Freshman and transfer students default into the Track A sub-plan. Students must meet with an adviser in order to declare the Track B sub-plan.

Food Science Track B
Food Science Track B offers a plan of study with over 21 free electives. Students may use the free credits to minor in a different field, such as Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Economics, Business management, or any other field of interest based on future career choices. Food Science Track B is not an approved program by IFT. 

See the Food Science Program requirements in the University of Minnesota Course Catalog. Sample plans are available in the upper right hand corner of the course catalog listing for the Food Science Program. Contact your adviser or the Food Science Major Coordinator with questions.