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What is Food Science?

This concentration within our Food Science and Human Nutrition major combines chemistry, biology, and engineering to improve food product safety, quality, and affordability. Relying heavily on interactive classrooms, with labs and field trips to specialized operations, Food Science will teach you about the psychology of humans and their connection to food, food production, the process of converting raw agricultural materials into safe food products, and problems with harvesting, handling, and storing foods. You can apply directly into this concentration.

Career Options

  • Flavor chemistry
  • Quality assurance
  • Package design
  • Product development
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Technical sales

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$44,113 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: The Kraft Heinz Company, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, PepsiCo

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rush University, Eastern Illinois University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 30 ACT Score

1200 - 1420 SAT Score

3.26 - 3.83 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,622
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $33,598

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $31,192
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $50,508

International

  • Tuition: $32,066
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $51,382
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