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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

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% freshman retention rate

73% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,840
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $34,800

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $32,290
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $52,590

International

  • Tuition: $33,180
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $53,480
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