Undergraduate Programs

Interested in an exciting and challenging career that offers opportunities for professional advancement, travel, and the satisfaction of making a difference in achieving a healthy diet for people everywhere? Then a major in food science may be just what you are looking for.

Students in the undergraduate program benefit from a committed faculty, small classes, and an emphasis on teamwork and shared responsibility for learning.

The undergraduate program in Food Science is designed to establish a strong base in the fundamental principles of biology and the physical sciences and then learn to apply them to ensure the nutritive value, safety and quality of foods. 

Food Science accommodates students with a variety of interests and career goals, as we specialize in three options outlined below. Our students also take courses in social sciences, humanities and communications to add breadth to their education. Students may also choose to minor Food Science. 

One-hundred percent of our graduates are placed in careers or graduate school after completing our program.  

Cornell Days 2015: April 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20

Welcome admitted students! During Cornell Days we will be offering several different activities. On April 9, 13, 16, 17, and 20, our Undergraduate Program Assistant, Marin Cherry, will be available in 152A Stocking Hall to answer questions and discuss our programs from 11:20AM - 1:00PM; our Director of Undergraduate Studies is available by appointment during most of these days (please email mec345@cornell.edu to indicate your interest in a meeting). On April 10, we will be holding our 2015 Undergraduate Open House. Students whose visits are unrelated to Cornell Days are welcome to take part in Cornell Days activities occurring within the department, including the Open House.

Friday, April 10: Food Science Undergraduate Program Open House

On Friday, April 10, the Department of Food Science will be offering an Open House during the morning and lunch hour. The agenda will include:

  • Attending a Food Chemistry class session
  • Joining faculty, staff, and students for our bi-weekly Department Coffee Hour
  • Tour of Stocking Hall
  • Faculty panel discussion
  • Lunch with faculty and students

Find the full agenda with details here!

RSVP here!

Please note: the Faculty Panel and faculty presence at lunch will only be held if at least 7 prospective students are scheduled to attend. If this number is not met, students will have the opportunity to meet in small groups (or individually, as time allows) with our Director of Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Program Assistant during the 11:00AM - 12:00PM time slot. Lunch will be held with current students, and possibly faculty, at the faculty members' discretion.