What is Food Technology?
Before foods make it to grocery store shelves, they go through a rigorous process of research and development to guarantee that they have optimal taste, texture and nutritional values, and to ensure that they are shelf stable and are safe for consumption. Food scientists are the crucial force behind this process, developing new foods for consumer consumption, improving existing food products and verifying product safety.
In McNeese’s food technology degree program, students learn how to become food scientists through the multidisciplinary study of biology, chemical engineering and biochemistry to understand the physical, microbiological and chemical makeup of food. Through a combination of research experience and hands-on learning, food technology majors are engaged with every part of the food development process, from investigating the properties of current products to food product development and packaging. Students graduate academically and professionally prepared for entry into graduate studies or for an immediate career in the food technology field.
Experiential learning opportunities
With a small faculty-to-student ratio, food technology majors have the opportunity to apply the skills they learn in the classroom and gain first-hand experience with food science through faculty-guided research. Rarely offered to undergraduate students elsewhere, McNeese’s program gives food technology majors a leg up when applying to graduate schools or professional research positions.
At a Glance
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Degree Program: Agricultural Sciences
Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)
Availability: in person
What Can You Do With a Food Technology Concentration?
The largest manufacturing industry in the United States is the food industry, meaning that food technology students have many job opportunities available to them upon graduation, including in quality and safety, engineering and processing, business and marketing research and product development. Or, students can continue their education for research or professional positions in academia.
Master of Agriculture in Food Science and Technology
Master of Science in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry
Master of Science in Food Process Engineering
Master of Science in Food Safety and Technology
Potential Job Titles
Food Research and Development Specialist
Food Regulatory Compliance Coordinator
Food Safety Technician
Product Development Specialist
Packaging Development Engineer
Programs Related to the Food Technology Concentration
Dr. Wannee Tangkham