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Food Science at the U of M


The food science program explores how raw commodities are processed into healthy, safe and appealing foods, with a focus on either business or science. As a food science student, in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, you will learn about the physical, microbiological and chemical makeup of food in order to develop nutritious, delicious and innovative products that people will feed to themselves and their families everyday. You’ll study food safety, chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and sensory science, and learn how raw agricultural materials can be processed and formulated into consumer-ready food products. You can focus on the science of food production through lab-based research, or the business of food production through courses in business and management.

The B.Sc. degree program in food science is accredited by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Skills you will gain by studying FOOD SCIENCE

  • The knowledge of the science and technology of food processing, packaging, and preservation of foods.
  • The knowledge of the business and economics of food production, including marketing and finance.
  • The ability to create products with commercial potential in the department’s food processing plant and test kitchen and to take these products to the market.
  • The ability to critique and assess research findings and think critically using the best available scientific evidence.


This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours



Course requirements:
AGRI 1500 and AGRI 1510, BIOL 1020 and BIOL 1030, CHEM 1300 and CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1320, ECON 1010 and ECON 1020, MATH 1300 and MATH 1500 or MATH 1520

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Explore your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including the Faculty of Agriculture Students' Association (FASO) and the University of Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU).
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Science, Engineering & Technology Day.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Student Leadership Development Program.


Considering international opportunities? Visit the International Centre website to learn about international opportunities for U of M students or ask your advisor about international exchange opportunities in France for food science students.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: visit Migizii Agamik or the International Centre for Students, take part in the Intercultural Retreat or learn about local agencies via 211 Manitoba at mb.211.ca.


Year 2 - 60 credit hours



Course requirements:
AGRI 2030, CHEM or MBIO 2770, FOOD 2500 and STAT 1000 and STAT 2000, plus one of either PHIL 1290, PHIL 2740, PHIL 2750 or PHIL 2830

Science: CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1320, MBIO 1010, plus electives

Business: ABIZ 1000, ACC 1100, HRIR 2440, plus electives

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. Consider taking a minor and choose courses that will open opportunities.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs, like the ASE Career Fair in October, to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student member with the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology, the Institute of Food Technologists and others.
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: apply fo a research assistant positions, Undergraduate Research Award through NSERC. Check out the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine, the Dairy Pilot Plant, George Weston Ltd. Sensory and Food Research Laboratory, Barbara Burns Food Innovation Laboratory, or the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: check out Bruce. D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, and Agriculture in the Classroom.

Obtain certificates employers may require, including: Certified Food Handler, Serving It Safe, Good Manufacturing Practice, WHMIS and First Aid/CPR.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: consider an international student exchange or Summer School Agroecology in France, Students Without Borders internship, Alternative Reading Week Belize, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out out a spring or summer Community Service-Learning experience or the Children Rising Mentorship Program. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours



Course requirements:
HNSC 3330, HMEC 2000 and HMEC 3000, FOOD 4150, plus all required courses in your stream*

To do this year:

  1. Apply for the Food Industry Practicum or pre-selection to the MPP program, if applicable.
  2. Considering a professional program? Refer to the Applicant Information Bulletin to familiarize yourself with the pre-professional requirements.


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business development such as the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 initiative.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other professional programs.


Continue or start research: participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition and consider taking HNSC 4210 (Senior Thesis) or HNSC 4122 (Research Project) in year 4.

Check out student job opportunities with: Mini U, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, personal care homes and food service industries.

Search for job opportunities online: check out AgCareers.com, Job Bank, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program or take part in the Graduation Pow Wow.


Year 4 - 120 credit hours



Course requirements:
FOOD 4120, 4200 and 4510

Science: FOOD 4010, plus electives

Business: ABIZ 3510, FOOD 4500, plus electives

To do this year:

  1. Pick your restricted electives, some courses are offered in alternating years
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to a professional program or graduate school: finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.



Ensure you have references in place: ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Find opportunities to market yourself: attend a conference or participate in an international food science competition through the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology.

Assess your resumé: identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the Post-Secondary Recruitment Program. Consider completing the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) credential and your Food Handlers Certificate.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Get access to Lynda.com through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.


Sample Jobs





What Do Employers Want?


Industries such as agriculture, biotechnology, environmental, food and dairy, education, and government would value a food science degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Digital technology
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education and take advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.



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"Get involved with our Canadian Food Inspection Agency licensed Dairy Pilot Plant! Volunteers get a taste of ice cream, yogurt, and cheese production. This hands on experience is a great introduction to the food industry. Not only do you get to learn about production, you also can see food safety and quality assurance in action" Elyssa Chan, food science student

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