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Food Science & Human Nutrition

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

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What is Food Science & Human Nutrition?

In this major, you’ll learn how to promote a safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable food supply that enhances human health. You'll focus on topics like:

  • Integration of food material science and engineering
  • Biochemical and molecular nutrition
  • Food safety and security
  • Food, nutrition, and health

You'll apply into one of the following concentrations:

  • Dietetics
  • Food Science
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Nutrition

Career Options

  • Dietetics
  • Food science
  • Government
  • Hospitality management
  • Human nutrition
  • Research

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, College of Veterinary Medicine, Rush University 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 Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $15,060
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,420
  • Total: $36,144

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $33,032
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,760
  • Total: $54,456

International

  • Tuition: $33,940
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,760
  • Total: $55,364
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