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Food Technology Concentration Highlights

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 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 concentration, 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, students are engaged with every part of the food development process, from investigating the properties of current products to developing food products and packaging of their own. 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, students in the food technology program have the opportunity to apply the skills they learn in the classroom and get first-hand experience of the food development process through faculty-guided research. Rarely offered to undergraduate students elsewhere, McNeese’s program gives food technology students 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

Program overview

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Students develop their scientific and technical knowledge through hands-on, professional training in food science. Here's just some of the benefits you'll have in this program:

Creative, Technology-Based Learning

McNeese hosts two food technology laboratories on campus. In the first lab, students are encouraged to be use their imaginations to create their own food products or improve on existing products and recipes, which are then evaluated based on characteristics like taste and texture. In the second lab, students subject their foods to rigorous testing, including microbial, nutritional characteristic, and shelf life testing. This comprehensive process gives students insight into every aspect of food technology.

Specialized Facilities

In addition to the two food technology labs on campus, McNeese is home to the only federally inspected red meat harvest facility in the state, the Center for Advancement of Meat Production and Processing (CAMPP). All CAMPP meats are locally sourced from the McNeese’s farm, giving food technology students the opportunity to receive a true farm-to-table, hands-on experience in the meat industry.

Professional Networking Opportunities

McNeese students have the opportunity to join the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society with 40,000 individual members working in food science and food technology. IFT provides students with valuable scholarship and internship opportunities. Plus, every year, McNeese students have the chance to travel to the IFT International Conference, where they can present their research to food technology professionals in industry, academia, and government.

Experienced Faculty

Experienced professionals dedicated to mentoring and advising students, the College of Agricultural Science‘s faculty also keep up-to-date with the latest in their fields through research and professional scholarship. In the area of food technology, faculty research has been published in well-respected and peer reviewed publications such as the Journal of Food Research, the Journal of Poultry Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences, and Frontiers in Food Science and Technology.

Careers and Opportunities

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.

Graduate Programs

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
Food Scientist
Food Technologist
Product Development Specialist
Packaging Development Engineer
Sensory Scientist

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Program Contact

Dr. Wannee Tangkham
337-475-5970
wtangkham@mcneese.edu