Food scientists have become an increasingly important part of the global food chain, playing key roles in the never-ending quest for wholesome, plentiful, inexpensive food for the world’s growing population. If you’re interested in this field, the food science major might be for you.

The BS in food science at UMass Amherst will give you a thorough knowledge of the technology and science behind food manufacturing and production. You’ll build your understanding of chemistry, calculus, and biology, and learn about food processing, preservation, composition, and engineering. You can also tailor your studies to your career goals and interests with the following concentrations:

You’ll gain hands-on experience through lab-based classes and undergraduate research and internship opportunities, such as the Food Science Undergraduate Experiential Learning (FUEL) Scholars Program, which integrates academic lab research and industrial experience.

The food processing industry is the largest manufacturer in the United States, and with a BS you’ll graduate ready to take on a career in food science or continue to graduate school.