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Minors and Certificates

Think Outside the Box

Minors can complement your major or allow you to explore another discipline. A major can provide an academic background with a more specialized skill set, and a minor can provide additional foundational skills and knowledge to be a well-rounded job candidate.

Nutrition Minor

Courses emphasize human or animal nutrition, or a combination of both. A nutrition minor can assist with careers in healthcare, the food industry, or as a science or health science educator.

Opportunities vary widely depending on your primary area of interest. For example, a nutrition minor might help those with backgrounds in animal or poultry science find jobs in research, technical sales/service in a feed or pharmaceutical company, or production, research and development for a livestock or poultry producer.

Certification

Dr. Natalie Cooke certifies students’ completion of the nutrition minor. You must submit certification no later than the registration period for your final semester. You must complete the minor no later than the semester you expect to graduate from your degree program.

Requirements and Coursework

Brewing Science and Technology Minor

The brewing science and technology minor prepares you for a career in the fermentation beverage industry. It prioritizes chemistry, microbiology, and the technologies used in the modern beer industry. This minor offers a strong science component and hands-on experience with both production-scale fermentation equipment and a quality control lab.

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Food Science Minor

The food science minor gives you a competitive edge for employment in the food, pharmaceutical, and related industries in such positions as chemist, microbiologist, engineer, nutritionist, business specialist, or technical writer.

Coursework improves your knowledge and understanding of how food is produced. It also gives you the flexibility to tailor the program to complement your major.

Certification

Dr. Keith Harris certifies students’ completion of the food science minor before graduation. You must submit certification no later than the registration period for your final semester. You must complete the minor no later than the semester you expect to graduate from your degree program.

Requirements and Coursework

Graduate Food Safety Minor

Lee-Ann Jaykus discusses research work with a grad student in her Schaub Hall labThe graduate food safety minor focuses on knowledge of the food safety continuum from pre-and post-harvest to public health and ethics. You will receive training in microbiology, epidemiology, quantitative risk assessment, environmental health practices, and social sciences. Students in a master’s program or doctoral program must have all ten credits from the core courses to earn the food safety minor.

Contact Dr. Clint Stevenson for more information.

Coursework

Food Safety Certificate

The Food Safety and Quality Management certification program provides individuals with skills and knowledge of food safety, quality control, and operations management concepts useful throughout the food manufacturing supply chain. It is available through distance education to non-degree-seeking students and both undergraduate and graduate students at NC State University.

Contact Dr. Clint Stevenson for more information.

Requirements