Food Science

Solve Real-world Problems

The Food Science major prepares students to apply the principles of science and engineering to better understand the complex and heterogeneous materials recognized as food. There is a great demand in the global food industry and government for highly knowledgeable and competent food scientists. Opportunities for food scientists include food safety, food quality control, food product development, production management, technical sales and service, ingredient management, research, and teaching. This major also prepares students for graduate study. The Food Science major is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists. The field of food science is growing by leaps and bounds.

It is not necessary to complete an additional application form in order to be accepted into the Food Science program. On their application to The University of Maryland, both freshman and transfer students should simply declare their major as Food Science. The Food Science program code for your application is 01130. Students who are enrolled in other majors at the University of Maryland should contact us for information about changing their major to Food Science.

For information on admission to the University of Maryland, go to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. You may also want to visit the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to find out more information about our college. The undergraduate catalog contains information on admission, as well as withdrawal and refund of tuition and fees, academic calendars, protection of privacy of information, access to personal files, access to student support services, grievance procedures and disciplinary/termination procedures.

Hear what our Alumni has to say!

Featured Alumni in this video:

Monica Whent, PhD, RD, Research Nutritionist at US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Homer Nieto, CFS, R&D Manager at Elite Spice, Inc.
Tina Yu, Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing at AUI Fine Foods
Melody Ge, VP of Governance, Intelligence, Analytics at Corvium; Founder of Women in Food Safety
Kaitlyn Davey, Associate Scientist at McCormick & Company
Stratton Wimsatt, graduated MS student