Create innovations and improve the safety of products in the food and beverage industry. Earn a degree in Food Science from the University of Idaho.

B.S. Food Science

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2336
Moscow, ID 83844-2336

A Recipe for Food Innovation

Study the chemistry, biology, and engineering of food in this joint program between the University of Idaho and Washington State University. Examine food-spoiling bacteria, collect taste-sensory data, and learn how to process and package meat, dairy, cereal and produce products.

Fast Facts

  • Learn to improve the nutrition and quality of foods
  • Many “classrooms” are hands-on laboratories on both the UI and WSU campuses
  • Develop your own new food product and enter it in national competitions
  • Gain hands-on experience with university and food industry resources
  • Explore undergraduate research opportunities
  • Food Quality Assurance
  • Food Plant Operations
  • Product Development
  • Research Science
  • Food Safety
  • Work in industry, academia, and nonprofit and government institutions
  • Graduate School: M.S. or Ph.D. in Food Science


Potential salary is based
upon national averages.
Job Placement


Almost all graduates are offered a job or placement in a graduate school program after they earn their degree.
Degree Roadmap
Degree Prep To prepare for courses required to earn a degree in Food Science, we recommend you:
  • take science and math courses in high school
  • enjoy working on lab experiments
  • love food and researching how or why it is made
  • visit or contact the School of Food Science to learn more
Lab Fees


Approximate lab fees for required courses.
Scholarships Over 400 scholarships are offered exclusively to College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) students based on GPA and other qualifications. Learn more.

You can find general need- and merit-based scholarships on the Financial Aid Office's scholarships page.
Financial Aid To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.
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Hands-on Learning
  • Access facilities and resources in two states and seven cities
  • Collaborate with the UI Food Technology Center, WSU Creamery, USDA Western Wheat Quality Lab, and more!
  • Intern with major food industry companies
  • Study abroad - food science is global!
  • Darigold
  • J.R. Simplot Co.
  • Starbucks
  • Glanbia
  • E&J Gallo
  • Kraft Foods
  • Food Science Club
  • College Bowl Team
  • Food Product Development Team
  • Dairy Products Evaluation Team