We train the next generation of leaders in food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences.

A Department Like No Other


To foster and provide premier research, education, and outreach efforts in food, bioprocessing, and nutrition sciences to improve the quality of lives throughout North Carolina, the United States, and the world.


FBNS scientists, engineers, and educators embrace an integrated approach of the Land Grant philosophy to address local and global challenges of food security, safety, and nutrition through innovative teaching, scientific discovery, and outreach to help provide an abundant food supply that is safe, affordable, healthy, and enjoyable for citizens of North Carolina, the United States, and the world.

Our programs and coursework combine the disciplines of chemistry, engineering, microbiology, food, bioprocessing, nutrition, and sensory science. Small class sizes and a family-like atmosphere provide students with the foundation to be competitive candidates in their desired professions. We provide a world-renowned education and engage with a variety of stakeholders to solve diverse industry-related problems. Our professional and industry relationships and active partnerships with national centers, including the USDA, are built upon innovative research, teaching, and extension programs.

Home to more than 100 faculty and staff who work with and guide some 500 students, we are spread over a growing network of departmental facilities in North Carolina – Schaub Hall and the Howling Cow Dairy Education Center and Creamery in Raleigh, the Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis, and the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City.

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Jose Ascencio-Ibanez and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student Morgan Rainey use low pressure particle acceleration methods to deliver a virus to plants in the laboratory. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

Degree Programs

Our minors, bachelors, and graduate degrees prepare students for careers in the diverse areas of food, bioprocessing, and nutrition sciences. Our graduates enter both the private and public sectors, driven to solve local and global challenges.

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