Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S.; Ph.D.
Areas of Study
  • Analytical Methodology Development
  • Cereal Grain Processing and Functionality
  • Food Allergens and Immunology
  • Food Components Structure and Function
  • Food Safety and Toxicology
  • Intestinal Microbiology and Health
  • Microbial Genomics and Ecology
  • Modeling and Engineering
  • New Generation Processing Technologies
  • Nutraceuticals and Metabolomics
  • Probiotics and Prebiotics
  • Proteomics
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Bioinformatics

Food Science and Technology

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Food Science and Technology in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 577, Internet TOEFL 90, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of academic and professional goals

Application Deadline

   Rolling admission. The graduate committee reviews applications on a year-round basis but applicants are advised to have their applications complete by March 1 for fall admission and by October 1 for spring admission. Early applications encouraged for financial consideration.

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The faculty in the Department of Food Science and Technology lead internationally recognized research programs on fundamental and applied aspects of food microbiology, molecular biology, food chemistry, food processing, and food analysis.

The Department is especially well known for its research on molecular biology, genomics, and ecology of foodborne and intestinal bacteria; detection and analysis of allergens, toxins, and pathogenic microorganisms; nutraceuticals and their properties; metabolomics and proteomics; predictive microbiology and fuzzy logic modeling; analytical chemistry and advanced food analysis; structure/function of novel food ingredients; and flavor and sensory analysis.

The Department is located in the modern Food Industry Complex, a facility that contains well-equipped research laboratories as well as food-processing pilot plants. The Microarray Core Facility is also located in this Food Industry Complex.

Courses and More

Students in Food Science and Technology are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Elizabeth Arndt No vCard available
Food Allergens
Elaine Berry No vCard available
Mycotoxins/Food Safety
Rolando Flores vCard icon
Glenn Froning No vCard available

Molds & Mycotoxins
Neal Haskell vCard icon
Food Microbiology; Sugar Metabolism and Regulation in Foodborne Bacteria; Biotechnology
Functional and Structural Relationships in Starch; Corn Processing Technologies; Tortilla and Chip Process Chemistry; Cereals/Oilseeds
Detection and quantification of allergens in food products, and how this may be affected by food processing
Daniel Peterson vCard icon

Randall Phebus vCard icon
Starch/Functional ingredients
David Rickert No vCard available
Enzymology; Protein Chemistry; Food Safety
Dojin Ryu vCard icon
Nutraceuticals & Functional Foods
Gordon Smith vCard icon
Food Microbiology
Hyperspectral Imaging and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Systems; Food Engineering
Food Allergens; Immunochemical Methods
Foodborne Pathogens; Predictive Microbiology; Food Safety
Gut Microbiology
Food Analysis
Food and Bioproducts Engineering; Value-Added Processing; Biopolymeric Films
     Joint with the Department of Biological Systems Engineering
Microarrays; Proteomic Applications; Protein Chemistry

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