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Food and Nutritional Sciences - Food Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #494 (BCR) California, PA, United States
The Food and Nutritional Sciences - Food Science Option, offered at California State University, Fresno, is an approved program that prepares students for a wide range of professions in the food industry, the largest single industry in the United States.
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Located in the center of the world’s most productive food processing region, the Fresno State Food Science Program is ideally suited to provide students with both a strong academic and practical education in food science. Students can gain practical experience by working in the Dairy Processing Enterprise and the Food Processing Enterprise, or research experience through the Center for Food Science and Nutrition Research. Students can also participate in internships, projects, supervised work experience, and cooperative research.

At California State University, Fresno, the mission of the Food and Nutritional Sciences - Food Science Option is to facilitate the education and training of qualified students in the area of Food Science. This is accomplished through the teaching of basic and advanced concepts in the classroom and through application of theory in realistic laboratory settings. The faculty is dedicated to multidisciplinary, integrated, problem solving approach, which emphasize industry and community involvement in the educational process. The goal is to produce highly motivated, ethical, and educated individuals who will contribute to the advancement of the food industry.

Program Outcomes 

  • Graduates will meet the minimum academic requirements in sync with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Undergraduate Education Standards for Degrees in Food Science.  
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in food science that meet expectations of potential employers in the food science industry.
  • Graduates will demonstrate written and oral communication skills that meet expectation of potential employers in the food science industry.
  • Graduates will demonstrate problem-solving skills that meet expectations of potential employers in the food science industry.

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:

  • Culinary Science 
  • Food Product Development
  • Techniques for Healthy Cooking
  • Vitamins and Biocatalysts
  • Topics in Food Science and Nutrition
  • Food, Nutrition, and Health

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

  • Submit a Cal State Apply online and pay $55 USD (non-refundable) by credit card or Submit the Paper Application
  • Official English language proficiency
  • Original or certificated copies of in-progress or final transcripts
  • A copy of graduation certificate (if applicable)
  • Financial document (no older than 6 months) & Affidavit of Support from sponsors showing the amount and source of support for a minimum of one school year of study
  • A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport
  • Statement of purpose, principal's or teacher's recommendation is encouraged not required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1000 - 1500 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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