Food Science

Available at: Athens

Food Science students study microbiology, chemistry and engineering - the disciplines necessary to understand the nature of foods and the underlying principles of food processing and preservation. This knowledge is used by food scientists to make food safer, healthier, more tempting and less likely to spoil.


View the required Food Science courses and available electives in the UGA Bulletin. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.


To prepare for courses to earn a Food Science degree we recommend you:

  • Explore food science opportunities in your high school
  • Engage in traditional agricultural extracurricular activities, such as 4-H and FFA
  • Volunteer and/or participate in local Food Science Extension Workshops
  • Volunteer for food banks or similar organizations

Hands-On Learning

Learn more

Visit the department of Food Science and Technology (FST).

Read FST student testimonials.

Prospective Student Contact

Current Student Contact

Kelsey B. Witherington
Kelsey B. Witherington Academic Advisor
Office of the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs

Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Food Science*

Food Science major outcomes for 2019: 60% employed full-time, 10% in internships, 20% attending graduate school

** Includes Self-Employed

*Source: Created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The charts above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. Read more detailed Career Outcomes information for Food Science.


What jobs can I get with a Food Science degree?

Career Potential

  • Beverage Technologist
  • Brewmaster
  • Food Chemist
  • Food Microbiologist
  • Food Technologist
  • Ingredient Coordinator
  • Product Development Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Professional
  • Research and Development Professional
  • Sensory Scientist

Median Entry-Level Salary



How do I pay for college?


Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) awards scholarships to students enrolled in our majors.

CAES Scholarships


Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.