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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Food Science

The Food Science option at CSULB has a 90% employment rate .Food science draws upon many disciplines, such as nutrition, chemistry, microbiology, math, marketing and law. CSULB’s Family and Consumer Sciences department offers a food chemistry and analysis lab to provide students with hands-on laboratory experience. Additionally, the Food Science program provides several opportunities to study abroad on a short-term OR semester basis. Moreover, students can gain real-life industry experiences while enrolled in the program through the Food Science Internship (FSCI 492F) course.  A minor in food science is also available to students in related fields such as dietetics, chemistry, and microbiology. A Graduate Program is also available to expand on the education and research in food science.

What is Food Science

According to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), “Food Science is the study of the physical, biological and chemical make up 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.” To learn more about food science visit IFT.

Sensory Evaluation Lab Facility at CSULB

CSULB FCS department is equipped with a fully operational sensory evaluation lab where consumer testing is performed using analytical (i.e., discriminating between samples) and affective testing (i.e., consumer preference) methods. Our sensory analysis lab allows faculty to work closely with industry, research and academic partners to design studies  and collect data to support original research as well as research and product development , and marketing of food products.

Chitin (cricket bar) difference test

Core Food Science Courses Offered

•FSCI 101 Franken Food: Fact or Science Fiction
•FSCI 232 Food Science
•FSCI 338: Food Law, Safety and Regulation
•FSCI 432 Food Chemistry and Analysis
•FSCI 469: Food Product Development
•FSCI 492F: Internship in Food Science
•FSCI 435 Food Processing, Preservation and Packaging
•FCS 490: Distilling and Brewing Technology in Barbados – can be taken in the place of FSCI 435 (Summer and Instructor Consent only)

Product Development
Product Development poster 2016

Refer to the University Catalog for the list of Required courses to fulfill graduation requirements

Some Exciting Careers in Food Science!

•Chocolate Scientist
•Flavor Chemist
•Food Law
•Brew Master
•Food Journalist
•Food Microbiologist
•Research and Product Development Scientist
•Food Biotechnologist
•Food Technologist
•Packaging Technologist
•Food Process Engineer
•Food Technologist
•Food Safety Inspector

Explore Careers in Food Science!

IFT Career Center

IFT Graduate Program Directory

CSULB Graduate Resource Center

CSULB Career Center

Kelly Scientific Resources

Food Science Club

CSULB Food Science Club is an Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) nationally recognized  chapter  of the Pacific  Southwest Region. The Food Science Club provides the framework for student involvement to stimulate interest in the field of food science and also promotes ethical leadership and academic achievement, both nationally and internationally. Club members can also be provided with information about food science related internships, scholarships, competitions and professional development opportunities at club meeting provided in the links below.

The food science club can be contacted at or followed on  Facebook

Professional Involvement in Food Science

Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) Student Membership

Southern California Institute of Food Technologists (SCIFTS) Membership

Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) Membership - Institute of Food Technologists student Competitions

Food Science Scholarships/Funding

Scholarships for students majoring in Food Science are available from various sources. The links below should be checked frequently for updated deadlines. - Institute of Food Technologist Freshman Scholarships - Institute of Food Technologist Undergraduate Scholarships Institute of Food Technologists Graduate Scholarships - National Science Foundation (NSF) - Marvin Byer Research and Development Associates Memorial Scholarship Award




Plan your academic path in Food Science with the Academic Advising Center (AAC).

Academic Advising Center provides GE and major advising for undergraduate students in the College of Health and Human Services.

To declare any of the Family and Consumer Sciences options as your major, go to AAC.

AAC is located in HSD-117.

Center Hours:
Monday -Thursday 8am - 4:30 pm
Friday from 8 am - 3 pm

Call or check AAC's Website for open advising hours.

Phone: 562-985-2691

Choose an advising sheet according to the year you declared Food Science as your major:


University Catalog

Letter of Your Last Name Advisor
A-Z Rock, C.