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Food Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (QS) Lexington-Fayette, KY, United States
The Food Science program at the University of Kentucky requires studying diverse scientific disciplines related to food, including chemistry, engineering, microbiology, biochemistry, toxicology, and management; and effectively applying the industrial and practical aspects to product development, food processing, preservation, and marketing.
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Food Science is the study of the transformation of biological materials into food products acceptable for human consumption.

As a student in the Food Science program at the University of Kentucky, you’ll study everything that happens to food from the time it leaves the farm, field or waters until the consumer buys it.  

You will use the biological and physical sciences to understand the nature of foods, causes of deterioration and the principles underlying processing and improvement of foods for public consumption.


Upon completing your Food Science degree, you will have established a broad expertise to be applied in a wide variety of employment opportunities and be prepared to climb the career ladder offered by food industries. You’ll find opportunities like:

  • Product Development Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Microbiology Scientist/Technician
  • Food Safety Manager/Coordinator
  • Food Policy Specialist
  • Food Engineering Specialist
  • Ingredient Formulation Specialist
  • Food Chemistry Scientist
  • Food Inspection Coordinator

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Food Science 
  • Introduction to Food Processing
  • Special Problems in Food Science
  • Experiential Learning in Animal Sciences/Food Science
  • Experiential Education
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Analysis
  • Advanced Food Technology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Complete UK International Application for Undergraduate Admission or Common Application
  • Application processing fee (non-refundable)
  • Copy of passport
  • Official transcripts in English
  • Bank Statement 
  • Submit Sponsor Guarantee Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12360 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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