Food Science Technology


Food science technologists ensure that food is safe, nutritious and enjoyable. 

This program uses biology, chemistry, and other sciences to study principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods. 

Students analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein and study new food sources.  Methods to make processed foods safe, palatable and healthful are researched. 

Students examine food processing, packaging, preserving, storing and distribution.

The Food Science Technology major prepares students for future employment in the food industry such as production, quality assurance and management; sanitation; research and development; and laboratory analysis.  

The AS Degree transfers to universities offering majors in food science.  A 16-credit Food Science certificate is also offered within this degree plan. 

NOTE:  See a Riverland counselor for information on prerequisite and transfer of courses. 

Location: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Online(s)
Program Starts: Fall, Spring
Course Plan: Four Semesters
Faculty: Christine Seppanen Dan Hoffman Willy Mekeel

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Food Science Technology program page at

Required Core Courses (16 credits)

FSCI1000 Principles of Food Science 4 CR
FSCI1015 Food Quality and Safety 3 CR
FSCI1030 Food Product Development 3 CR
FSCI1040 Food Processing 3 CR
BIOL1070 Human Nutrition (Goal 2 & 3) 3 CR

MnTC General Education Courses (44 credits)

BIOL1091 General Biology I (Goal 2 & 3) 4 CR
BIOL1092 General Biology II (Goal 3 & 10) 4 CR
BIOL2040 General Microbiology (Goal 2 & 3) 4 CR
CHEM1201 General Chemistry I (Goal 3 & 10) 5 CR
CHEM1202 General Chemistry II (Goal 2 & 3) 5 CR
ENGL1101 Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) 3 CR
HLTH1100 Health 3 CR
MATH1110 College Algebra (Goal 2 & 4) 3 CR
MATH2021 Fundamentals of Statistics 4 CR
PHIL1130 Ethics (Goal 6 & 9) 3 CR
SOCI1103 Social Problems (Goal 5 & 9) 3 CR
SPCH1100 Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9) 3 CR
- Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 CR