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What is food science?

Food science is the study of the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food; and the concepts underlying food processing. Food technology is the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe food. The Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology at Cal State LA is designed to provide knowledge and skills in the area of food safety, food preservation technologies, food analysis, quality assurance, and new product development.

Why food science matters

Food science contributes to ensuring our food supply is safe, nutritious, tastes good, economical, abundant, easy to prepare, and sustainable.

What can I do with a FST degree?

Students with a B.S. degree in food science can work in government agencies, food industry, or research institutions. Industry positions include production manager, quality control manager, technical service leader, sales representative, regulatory affairs manager, new products innovation manager, health inspection, and research and development. The degree also prepare students for graduate study in Food Science and Technology and related fields.

How to apply?

Applications for Fall 2020 will begin October 1, 2019. For more information and how to apply, visit: www.calstatela.edu/admissions

Major-specific criteria for transfer students can be found at http://www.calstatela.edu/admissions/major-specific-criteria

What is required for the degree?

Course requirements for the degree can be found at the University Catalog: http://ecatalog.calstatela.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=26&poid=11196

Faculty

Research

Student achievements

  • Presentations: national, university
    • 2012 IFT: Monique Wilcots, Dorothy Wong, Roden Cortez
    • 2013 AACI: Marie Julie Richer-Roy
    • 2014 RSCA: Samantha Ton, Whitney Olson, Monique Wilcots
    • 2017 RSCA symposium: Phillip Samples
    • 2018 RSCA symposium: Ekinadose Salami, Jasmin Masri, Violet Perez, Alex McCombe, Marcus Forsell
    • 2018 IFT: Ekinadose Salami, Jasmin Masri, Violet Perez
    • 2019 RSCA symposium: Ekinadose Salami, Violet Perez
    • 2019 State-wide competition: Ekinadose Salami, Violet Perez
    • 2019 IFT: Ekinadose Salami, Violet Perez

o	Violet Perez, an FST undergraduate, presented her research on capsaicinoids at 2019 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

  • Violet Perez, an FST undergraduate, presented her research on capsaicinoids at 2019 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

 

  • University & college recognitions
    • 2014 RSCA poster competition, first place - Samantha Ton, Whitney Olson, Monique Wilcots
    • 2014 Honors Convocation, recognition for undergraduate student from KNS – Marie Julie Richer –Roy
    • 2017 Honors Convocation, recognition for undergraduate student from KNS  – Brenda Rojas
    • 2019 – Honors Convocation, recognition for undergraduate student from KNS – Violet Perez

 

  • Product development competitions
    • 2015 First place – Southern California Industry Food Product Development Competition – Andrew Aguilar, Noelle Eagle, Brittany Heckel, Altagracia Perez
    • 2016 First place – Southern California Industry Food Product Development Competition - Arturo Jordan, Ruby Mendoza, Hayk Harutyunyan, Yesenia Gonzalez
    • 2016 Third place – American Association of Cereal Scientists National Product Development competition - Hayk Harutyunyan
    • 2017 Third place – Southern California Industry Food Product Development Competition - Jasmin Masri, Janet Santos, Vanessa Herrera, Crystal Sandoval

 

  • Scholarships
    • 2012 - Kraft General Foods Scholarship from the American Association of Cereal Chemists International – Marie-Julie Richer-Roy
    • 2013 - Kraft General Foods Scholarship from the American Association of Cereal Chemists International – Marie-Julie Richer-Roy
    • 2013 - Phil Bates Scholarship by Southern California Institute of Food Technologists  - Marie-Julie Richer-Roy, Samantha Ton
    • 2014 - Phil Bates Scholarship by Southern California Institute of Food Technologists – Marie-Julie Richer-Roy
    • 2015 - Phil Bates Scholarship by Southern California Institute of Food Technologists – Brittany Heckel, Ka Kit Yam
    • 2015 -  Southern California Association of Food Protection Scholarship -  Hayk Harutyunyan
    • 2016 -  Phil Bates Scholarship by Southern California Institute of Food Technologists – Hayk Harutyunyan, Ruby Mendoza, Vanessa Herrera
    • 2018 - Phil Bates Scholarship by Southern California Institute of Food Technologists – Jasmin Masri, Kimberly Gonzalez
    • 2019 - Phil Bates Scholarship by Southern California Institute of Food Technologists – Jason Dial

 

  • Travel Grant

 

 

Testimonials

 

FST on media

Student club

The student club, Food Science and Technology Student Association was chartered by the Institute of Food Technologist as its student chapter in 2013. The club has been instrumental in organizing many events on campus in addition to preparing FST students for College Bowl and New Food Product Development competitions. Cal State LA students from all other majors are welcome to join the student association.

Social Media

Food Science and Technology Facebook of Cal State LA                    Instagram of Cal State LA Food Science and Technology

 

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