Food & Nutritional Sciences - Food Science Option, B.S.


Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Food and Nutritional Sciences Major

1. Food Science Option requirements (44 units)*

Core (41 units):FSC 1, 41, 100, 112, 115, 120, 125, 141, 142, 144, 178, 199NUTR 53 [GE E1]

Select 3 units of electives from the following list: ASCI 172; CULG 65, 151; ENOL 163; FSC 190, 193I; FSM 60; IT 105 or courses approved by the food science program coordinator.

Additional requirements (31 units)*
CHEM 1A1AL [GE B1], 1B, 1BL, 8, 150; MATH 11, 75 [GE B4]; BIOL 20; PHYS 2A

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*

* This total indicates that 10 units of required courses may be used to satisfy General Education: MATH 11 or MATH 75 ( 3 units B4), CHEM 1A/1AL or PHYS 2A (4 units B1), and NUTR 53 (3 units E). The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. Students should contact the program coordinator to schedule an academic advising appointment each semester. Since many courses are sequential in nature, it is important for new, transfer, or returning students to contact the program coordinator one semester prior to intended enrollment. Note: A minimum 2.3 GPA is required for on campus entry of the department options.
  2. CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses included in the major and additional requirements, except work experience (FSC 193; FSM 193; and NUTR 193).
  3. Grade Policy - all courses listed under major and additional requirements require a grade of C or better.
  4. General Education courses designated as required by the department are prerequisite to many courses in the program of study.
  5. The upper-division writing skills requirement can be met by passing the university upper-division writing examination or by passing an approved upper-division writing skills course. One unit of credit (in ENGL 100W) may be earned for passing the examination if requested by the student; by obtaining a letter grade of C or higher in an approved course (e.g., PLANT 110W) the student meets the university writing skills requirement.
  6. For further information related to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Career Specialty, see the Food Science and Nutrition Department Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Student Handbook:


The faculty members continue to be recognized for quality hands-on education as well as scholarly contributions to their academic disciplines. Each student is assigned to a faculty adviser to maximize the student's educational experience at California State University, Fresno. The faculty are noted for cooperation and activity within each industry to prepare and place graduates in their chosen career.

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B.S. in Food and Nutritional Sciences - Food Science Option

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

See roadmaps below.

Career Specialty:

General Food Science

Food Agribusiness Career Specialty

Food Plant Operation and Management Career Specialty

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Culinary students

Join the leader in science, technology, and management. Students majoring within the Department of Food Science and Nutrition are prepared for a wide range of professions in the food industry the largest single industry in the United States. California State University, Fresno is centered in the greatest food production and processing area in the world.

Some of the largest and best dairy and food companies cooperate with the university to provide students with a view of commercial realities in this industry. There is strong demand for dietitians and nutritionists by the health care and food service industries.

We Are in the Most Productive Food Processing Region

As part of a California State University, Fresno, located in the center of the world's most productive food processing region, the Department of Food Science and Nutrition is ideally suited to provide students with both a strong academic and practical education in food science and nutrition.

What You Can Earn

  • Dietitian
    $60,665 (in our region)
  • Food Scientist
    $80,356 (in our region)
  • Food Services Manager
    $70,513 (in our region)
  • Regional Chef
    $134,094 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from as of November 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Food Analysis
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Safety for Foodservice Professionals
  • Nutrition and Health: Realities and Controversies

What You Can Learn

  • Concepts of nutritional therapy in disease
  • Influence of nutrition on age, growth, and normal development
  • Up-to-date information on all aspects of handling food, from receiving and storing to preparing and serving
  • Experimental approach to development of new food products

About the College

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology can offer you the education you will need to be a leader in agriculture and related sciences in the New California. We offer outstanding programs in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal sciences, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business. And, we offer excellent programs in areas which are uniquely related to agriculture, including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandizing and industrial technology.

College Contact Information

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
2415 E. San Ramon,
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559.278.2061
Fax: 559.278.4496

Department Contact Information

Food Science and Nutrition
5300 N Campus Drive, M/S FF17
Fresno, CA 93740-8019

Department Phone: (559) 278-2164
Department Fax: (559) 278-7623

Department Office Location: Family and Food Science Building, Room 111