Welcome to the Department of Food Science at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences of Rutgers University. We are a student-oriented program that emphasizes fundamental principles of food biology, food chemistry, and food processing to prepare graduates to be leaders in development of new, wholesome, nutritious, and safe food products. Since our curriculum is grounded in basic science, graduates are able to pursue careers in a wide variety of professional and technical fields.
Our undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree includes options in Food Science Research, General Food Science, and Food Science & Management Economics. A joint Culinology program with Mercer County Community College combines culinary arts with food science.
Our graduate program leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees provides a solid background in food science while allowing for specialization in the areas of food biology, chemistry, or engineering. Our internationally recognized and award-winning faculty and staff make us one of the leaders in the field of food science.
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Quote from National Research Council
“Rutgers’ graduate program in [English, food science, history, microbiology and molecular genetics, sociology] is rated among the best in the nation in the National Research Council’s 2010 Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs.”
Dr. Nitin Nitin (an alumnus of Rutgers Food Science) is a recipioent of 2013 IFT's Samuel Prescott award
Dr. Chi-Tang Ho received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association to recognize his many contributions to Flavor Science.
We are modernizing our undergraduate Food Analysis and Food Chemistry Laboratory. Our goal is to raise $518,000 by June 30, 2014. All funds will be used for the sole purpose of purchasing equipment.
Please click on this line to see the list of desired equipment. Both monetary and In-Kind donations are welcome.
Instructions for cash donations
Contributor names with donations of $5,000 (BRONZE LEVEL), $10,000 (SILVER LEVEL), $ 25,000 (GOLD LEVEL), AND $50,000 (PLATINUM LEVEL) will be inscribed on a "donor wall" inside or near the modernized laboratory.