48 months
26950 USD/year
26950 USD/year
11266 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Food Science is the scientific discipline supporting the food and beverage industry. The Food Science program is offered by Washington State University.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Food Science is a multidisciplinary field that applies biology, chemistry, microbiology, physics, engineering, nutrition, and other sciences to improve the safety and quality of food products; develop new food products; and design new, safer, and more energy efficient food preservation methods.

Food scientists strive to improve the microbial and chemical safety of foods, and enhance the quality of foods through traditional and emerging technologies. Food scientists conduct research to improve food safety and quality, identify beneficial food ingredients and develop new food products, reduce food waste by extending the shelf life of foods, and identify environmentally friendly technologies to make more and better food.

Food scientists address consumer demands and the nutritional needs of the world.

In the Food Science program at Washington State University , students learn the science and the practical skills involved in production, processing, preservation, safety, evaluation, and distribution of foods.

Careers in food science

Food scientists are employed around the world by large and small food processing companies, food ingredient suppliers, food quality assurance and testing labs, federal and state governmental agencies, and academia.

A degree from the WSU School of Food Science prepares you to meet the emerging challenges, needs, and opportunities of the food industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Food Science
  • Food Safety and Quality
  • Food Processing and Lab
  • Food Microbiology and Lab
  • Sensory Evaluation of Food and Wine and Lab

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Ask your high school for a copy of your transcripts that you can upload with your application. If you have earned a GED, have the testing agency send us your official GED transcript instead.
  • If you have earned college credit, ask the college to send those official transcripts to WSU as well.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26950 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    26950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26950 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    11266 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11266 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Pullman

904 - 1507 USD /month
Living costs

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


The School of Food Science and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences award more than $500,000 in scholarships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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