New Challenges

As the largest industry in the United States, food processing employs nearly 2 million people and accounts for more than 16 percent of the country's gross national product. Consumers drive the industry as they seek more convenience and nutrition, yet fewer calories, in the foods they buy. As the industry strives to meet consumer demands, it's feast, not famine, in the job market for trained food scientists as the demand for their knowledge grows. The Purdue University Department of Food Science is a leader in providing programs of study for students with an interest in this field. If you choose to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Food Science, Purdue can prepare you to succeed in this growth industry. You'll learn cutting-edge technology in the nation's fastest growing food science department, which is recognized worldwide for its expertise in aseptic processing, carbohydrate research, computer integrated manufacturing, and more.

Improving the world's food supply

In Food Science, you'll learn to apply microbiology and biochemistry to improve the taste, nutrition, and value of the world's food supply. You'll develop the skills necessary to convert raw food products into safe, attractive foods and beverages. The Purdue Food Science Department worked with large food manufacturing corporations and the Institute of Food Technologists to develop the flexible Food Science curriculum, which lets you choose electives in your specific areas of interest. Graduates are qualified for careers in quality assurance, product development, research, sales, technical services, purchasing, and production management.

Striving for excellence

In 1998, Purdue University completed construction of one of the largest food science buildings in the world. If you choose Food Science for your future, you will study in the $22 million Food Science Center for Technical Excellence. The building was renamed the Philip E. Nelson Hall of Food Science in 2010 to honor Dr. Nelson who was instrumental in starting the department, served as the first department head, and was honored in 2007 as a World Food Prize Laureate. This building, home to one of the top food science departments in the country, means expanded research experience and educational opportunities for students --- like you --- at Purdue. Graduates also enjoy a 100 percent job placement rate and average annual salaries of more than $47,500.​

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