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Why Major in Food Science?

You may not have heard of the field of food science until now but you probably consume products that were created by food scientists on a daily basis! As stated by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT): "food science draws from many disciplines, including biology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry to better understand food processes and improve food products for the general public. As the stewards of the field, food scientists study the physical, microbial, and chemical makeup of food. They apply their findings to develop the safe, nutritious, and sustainable foods and innovative packaging that line supermarket shelves today."

There are several reasons to major in Food Science & Technology at Texas A&M. First of all, our department is small which means that you actually get the chance to connect with your professors on a regular basis, you will never be in a food science class with more than 50 students at a time, and you will likely make friends easily with your classmates who you will have several of the same classes with each semester. Another reason to join the major is for job security. As you can imagine, the food industry is one of the largest industries out there, and it is one that will not be going away. There are several job opportunities within the field that range from a variety of roles and functions including: 
- Research & Development
- Quality Assurance
- Food Safety and Regulations
- Operations 
- Sales 
- And more

If any of this sounds interesting to you, make sure to reach out to the FSTC advisors  Poppy Capehart ( and Evelyn Quinones ( to find out how you can join the major! Also check out the department's website here to learn more!

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