Food Science

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Food Science?

This major combines chemistry, biology, and engineering to improve food. You will learn how to improve product safety, quality, and affordability. Food Science will teach you about the psychology of humans and their connection to food. You will also learn about food production and how raw materials become safe food products. Other topics cover problems with harvesting, handling, and storing foods. You will have the opportunity to work in interactive classrooms, labs, and field trips to specialized operations.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

54% employed after graduation

34% attending graduate school

$44,253 average starting annual income

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

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rush University, Loyola University Chicago View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong science and math coursework and performance
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

73% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $15,298
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $38,448


  • Tuition: $34,418
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $57,908


  • Tuition: $35,366
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $58,856