Food Science

Purdue's Department of Food Science is 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.

Majors Offered:

Food Science - By learning the science behind how food is grown, packaged, stored and distributed, food science graduates find jobs in industry, government, distribution, marketing, advertising, consumer relations, and other related fields.

 Fermentation Science - Is an industrial process by which microorganisms, particulary bacteria and yeasts but also plant and animal (eukaryotic) cells are used to generate useful end products. Graduates find jobs in the food, beverage, biopharma, biofuels, and biotech industries.
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​​Life at Purdue

Whether pursuing current interests or exploring new ones, 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.


The cost varies depending on factors such as where a student chooses to live, travel expenses, food costs, enrollment in a specific program, etc.

Job Placement

The impact of Purdue Agriculture reaches all over the globe. Our graduates are being placed in Indiana, nationally and internationally.


Check out the scholarships available through the university. There are also lots of opportunities to work, which can help cover the cost of your degree.

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

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