Overview: Food Science Career at Nestle

Food Science at Nestlé Purina

Food Science is a rapidly evolving discipline that applies basic science and engineering to study the quality, nutritional value, and safety of foods.

The Food Science program at the University of Kentucky is the only such program in the commonwealth that offers a B.S. degree in Food Science. In fact, UK is one of only a few dozen colleges and universities in the United States with a food science program approved and accredited by the Institute of Food Technologists, a professional organization of over 30,000 members.

Food scientists are professionals who:

  • Use science and technology to study everything that happens to food from the time it leaves the farm to the time it reaches your dinner plate.
  • Apply biological and physical sciences to learn about the nature of foods, their nutrient composition and values, and the principles underlying the processing, preservation, and improvement of human foods.
  • Play a leadership role in the conversion of raw agricultural and aquatic products into a wide variety of processed and preserved foods.
  • Create new and acceptable foods from various raw agricultural materials to meet the world’s rapid population growth.

If you enjoy the sciences and are looking for an exciting and challenging career on the cutting edge with excellent personal and financial
rewards, then food science is for you.

Technology for the 21st Century

You may want to choose Food Science as a career if you’re interested in:

  • developing new food products, processing methods, or distribution techniques;
  • applying your expertise in areas such as microbiology, biochemistry, and engineering to understand the nature of food and its components;
  • understanding and improving the nutritive value of food products;
  • applying bioactive compounds in foods to human health;
  • maintaining high standards of safety and sanitation and managing the quality of an ever-increasing variety of food products; and
  • supervising raw material procurement or managing any aspect of a food processing operation.

I was prepared exceptionally well for my career in the food industry. My courses gave me hands-on experience with product development, and I acquired real-world experience and industry contacts through internships. The students and professors I got to know will help me in my career as well as be lifelong friends.

Nicole Woy

With the broad range of subjects for the required courses and all the great opportunities for internships, I'll be able to handle any job out there upon graduation. No matter what background you come from, there is a place for you in the UK College of Agriculture. There is nowhere else I'd rather be.

Jesica Huber

The College of Agriculture faculty are friendly, have a lot of knowledge about their fields, and are always willing to help. Their primary focus is preparing students for the work force. I've received hands-on experience in the food industry through the internship program that is part of my major. 
Charles Snyder

Potential Career Pathways

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 
*Post-graduate work required

Student Groups Associated with this Program

Our college supports dozens of organizations to help students apply their learning outside the classroom and gain valuable work and leadership experience.  To learn more about the organizations listed below, click here.

  • Food Science Club
    acquaints students with the food industry through extramural activities: outings, fundraisers and competitions

  • The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky
    provides a sustainable approach to reducing food waste while providing meals to those struggling with hunger

  • Big Blue Pantry
    serve the along side members in a food pantry serving University of Kentucky students experiencing food insecurity

Food Science on Social Media

Contact an Ambassador

Want to know more about this major?
Ask someone who knows first-hand.

  • Alexa Narel, anna232@uky.edu
    Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology major
    from Des Plaines, IL

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.