Ice Cream Flavor Creation in FDSC 1101

Students in ice cream lab

Stocking Hall Gallery

Stocking Hall Gallery

Food Chemistry Lab

Food Chemistry Lab

Welcome to the Department of Food Science

We offer comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for leadership positions in the food industry, academia, and government. Our research programs are designed to expand understanding of the biological/microbiological, chemical, physical, sensory, nutritional, and engineering properties of foods and beverages. Our extension and outreach programs transfer research-based information and technology to consumers, food and beverage companies, and government agencies with the goal of enhancing the availability, quality, and safety of our food supply. 

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Food Science News

Student teams win business contests

Apr 15, 2014
Winners of the Big Idea Competition, the Student Business of the Year award and the Cornell Venture Challenge were announced during the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration, April 10-11. Read more

Five new Listeria species found; may improve tests

Mar 26, 2014
Cornell researchers have discovered five new species of a group of bacteria called Listeria – including one named for Cornell, providing new insights that could lead to better ways to detect the soil bacteria in food. Read more

Service is key to sales at wineries

Mar 6, 2014
Two studies in the current issue of the International Journal of Wine Business Research point to service in winery tasting rooms being the most important factor in boosting wine sales at wineries. Read more

Scientists jump start New York businesses

Feb 17, 2014
Supported by New York state, the National Science Foundation and Cornell, the CCMR Industrial Partnerships Program has been helping companies develop and optimize new products since 2001. Read more