Prospective Students

At the Department of Food Science at Purdue, we are committed to impacting the world food system and quality of life by educating and training undergraduate and graduate students for careers in industry, government and academia. Our department offers two undergraduate majors- Food Science and Fermentation Science, as well as Master's and Ph.D. programs. See why Purdue Food Science may be the perfect fit for you.

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Department of Food Science
745 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 494-8256

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Majors within the Food Science Department

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The cost of attendance varies depending on factors including where a student chooses to live, travel expenses, food costs, enrollment in a specific program, etc. Use the tools below to estimate your cost of attendance.

Over 50% of students in the Department of Food Science receive scholarships from the University, College and/or Department. Approximately 40% of students in the Department receive scholarships specifically for students in the Department of Food Science.Check out the scholarships available through the university. There are also opportunities for work both in the department and around the university, which can help cover the cost of your degree.

The impact of Purdue Agriculture reaches all over the globe. Our graduates are being placed in Indiana, nationally and internationally. Since our department's inception, our graduates have consistently reported 100% job placement within 6 months of graduation. Check out the Purdue AG May Employment Summary to learn more about where our graduates landed!

The average starting salary for students who earn a bachelor's degree from Purdue Food Science program is ~$53,000. Geographic location of jobs does make a difference in salary offers.

There are several online resources that can be helpful to research salary information such as:

Whether pursuing current interests or exploring new ones, undergraduate and graduate students make friends and establish their on-campus community by getting involved. As a Big Ten university with nearly 30,000 undergraduate students from across the country and around the world, there are literally thousands of things to do at Purdue.

2 Exciting Majors

Students within the Food Science Department can major in either Food Science or Fermentation Science.

100% Placement

100% of Purdue Food Science students land a job or graduate school placement within 6 months of graduation.


Purdue Food Science has a network of industry partners to connect students with hands-on experiences, internships, and full-time positions.

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Discover Purdue Food Science! Set up a campus visit to see if Purdue Food Science is the right fit for you.

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