CALS' Rachel Tabb is a nutrition science major

Undergraduate Programs

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If you are ready to be challenged by passionate and innovative professors in a family atmosphere, you’re in the right place.

We deliver practical, real-world application of scientific fundamentals, preparing you to solve the issues of food safety, security and quality. Our coursework emphasizes discipline-specific concepts plus the professional skills and training you’ll need to thrive in your future career.

Our students benefit from engaging student clubs, dedicated advising, access to internships and diverse research projects.

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Food Science

Food Science applies microbiology, chemistry, engineering, and nutrition to the study of food composition and behavior, and how these are affected by production methods, processing, and preparation in order to produce a safe, wholesome product.

We offer two options in food science, a science emphasis and a technology emphasis. Review their descriptions and select the program that best matches your goals.

Science Emphasis

Want to attend graduate school or are you planning to pursue a career in the food, pharmaceutical, and bioprocessing industries? A B.S. in Food Science with a science emphasis is right for you. The rigorous science courses prepare for challenging and rewarding opportunities in government agencies, prominent companies and entrepreneurship.

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Technology Emphasis

Choose the technology emphasis and receive technical training while taking courses in business and agricultural commodities. Give yourself greater career flexibility by complementing food science coursework with business, agricultural commodity, and computer science classes.

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A Day in the Life: Food Science Major Monica Richmond

Our video series "A Day in the Life," features food science senior Monica Richmond, who took us around campus for a glimpse into her day. 

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Nutrition Science

Nutrition Science applies many of the essential components of the physical, life, and social sciences, including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics and psychology, to the study of how nutrients and other food components affect health, and how individuals and communities make health-related decisions.

The B.S. in Nutrition Science fulfills all medical school prerequisites, including four semesters of chemistry and two semesters of physics. Other health professional programs such as optometry and physical therapy typically have at least a one-semester physics prerequisite. Some programs may require fewer than four semesters of chemistry. (Be sure to check individual program requirements.)

Prospective first-year students interested in majoring in nutrition will apply to the Life Sciences First Year Program.

Nutrition Science Curriculum

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Bioprocessing Science

The B.S. in Bioprocessing Science combines courses in the biological sciences, like biochemistry and molecular biology, with the applied sciences of microbiology, analytical chemistry and process engineering.

The program prepares students for careers in the bio-industries, which create commercial products using living cells, for healthcare, agriculture, food and fuels.

Bioprocessing Science Curriculum

Applied Nutrition

The B.S. in Applied Nutrition helps students become qualified to consult or develop programming focused on healthy eating and other health-related activities.

Applied nutrition is appropriate for students interested in health professional programs such as physician assistant and nursing. Note: Many professional positions in nutrition will still require a graduate degree or certification for eligibility.

First-year students interested in majoring in nutrition will apply to the Life Sciences First Year Program.

Applied Nutrition Curriculum

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Undergraduate admissions decisions are made at the university level. Visit the NC State Undergraduate Admissions website to start the application process.

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We’re eager to meet you. Attend a class or visit an undergraduate academic advisor or undergraduate coordinator. You can arrange campus visits with the university and NC CALS through our Spend a Day at State program.

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Undergraduate Academic Advisor

April Morrison is the FBNS undergraduate academic advisor. She coordinates visits to our department and helps students meet personal and professional goals. Contact Ms. Morrison for questions to arrange a visit.

Undergraduate Coordinators