Food Science and Technology

http://www.calstatela.edu/hhs/kns/food-science-and-technology-interest-form

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. Food science contributes to ensuring our food supply is safe, nutritious, tastes good, economical, abundant, easy to prepare, and sustainable.  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. According to IFT's 2017 Employment & Salary Survey Report, the median salary for professionals working in the science of food is $92,000. Food science graduates entering the field received a median salary starting at $50,000.

2017 IFT Emplyment & Salary Survey Findings 

Why study Food Science at Cal State LA?

  • Cal State LA is a premier public university in the heart of Los Angeles and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. It is ranked No. 1 in the nation for upward mobility.
  • A large number of food industries are located in and around Los Angeles, providing plenty of job opportunities for Food Science graduates. All of the graduates from the Food Science program in previous years are currently employed with various food industries and federal and state government agencies. A few of our graduates are employed with companies such as Amazon, Kellogg, Sunkist, Herbalife, and Gold Coast Ingredients.
  • Cal State LA food science program works closely with the Southern California Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) Section (SCIFTS). SCIFTS is the largest regional section of IFT, which provides opportunities for student scholarships (see Student Achievements), travel funds to professional conferences, product development competition, college bowl, industry tour, etc. Its monthly dinner meetings are great opportunities for students to connect with future employers, advisors, and collaborators.
  • The program faculty are experts in food microbiology (safety) and food chemistry (quality). Other faculty members are industrial professionals and have expertise and first-hand experience in the specific fields they teach such as quality assurance, food laws and regulations, food product development, and food safety programs.
  • The Food Science and Technology program at Cal State L.A. has excellent laboratory facilities. The program is well equipped with three teaching and research laboratories where students work on projects that have real world applications in food science. The faculty in the program are keen on undergraduate research and many students had successfully completed their projects and presented in regional and national conferences.
  • The FST program also hosts an IFT chartered student organization, Food Science and Technology Association, which actively participates in regional college bowl and new food product development competitions.  

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

  • Sunil Mangalassary, Associate director and Associate Professor 
  • Jing Zhao, Assistant Professor 
  • Azita Tabatabaei, Lecturer 
  • Jason Wang, Lecturer 
  • Ashkan Motamedi, Lecturer 
  • Troy Aykan, Lecturer 

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

Violet Perez presented her research at 2019 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting

  • 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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