Understanding food, its components, quality and consumer appeal are the ingredients of Food Science. At the University of Otago, Food Science papers aim to prepare people for creative, challenging, diverse and rewarding food industry careers.
Food Science builds upon the basic sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and it interacts with such diverse scientific disciplines as Human Nutrition, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Process Engineering. All play an important role in the understanding of the foods we produce, manufacture and consume.
Some of the topics addressed by Food Science include: food manufacturing (product development, processing, packaging); what food is made of (food chemistry and analysis); what has been added (vitamins, preservatives, colour, flavour); how stable it is (shelf life, microbiology); safety (food contaminants, food poisoning); and sensory properties (taste, appearance, smell, texture).
In Food Science, there are several specialisation options: Food Chemistry (the study and analysis of food components); Food Product Development (how products are formulated and processed for the market); Food Quality and Safety (microbiologically safe and non toxic foods, that consistently meet customers' satisfaction); and Sensory Science (understanding the sensory basis of food acceptability).
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons))
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)
- Master of Science (MSc)
See the full list of Food Science (FOSC) papers.
Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Food Science
CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
BSNS 103 Marketing and Consumption (recommended)
MART 112 Marketing Management (recommended)
FOSC 201 Food Chemistry 1
FOSC 202 Food Systems
FOSC 203 Food Process Technology 1
MICR 221 Microbes to Medicine
FOSC 213 Sensory Science (recommended)
Note: Students should check the prerequisites for 300-level papers when selecting 200-level papers
FOSC 301 Food Chemistry 2
FOSC 302 Food Process Technology 2
72 further points; must include 18 points at 200-level or above
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science
Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Food Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Food Science
Minor Subject Requirements
Food Science as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree