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Program Options

The department offers four program options that provide students with maximum flexibility in course work selection while ensuring they are prepared academically for careers in research, manufacturing, business, education and the health professions.

Science Option

The objective of the program is to develop within the student an understanding of the nature, properties, and characteristics of foods as determined through biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, physics, and other sciences. Graduates in this area go on to careers focusing on the development of new products, processes, equipment, and packages; to the selection of proper raw products and ingredients; and to the adequate direction of plant operations so that processed foods high in nutritive value and quality are economically produced.

Science Plan of Study (.pdf)

Food Business Option

Students that choose this area supplement their science knowledge with the business aspect of food manufacturing to include areas of accounting, finance, marketing and economics.  Graduates are fully prepared for careers in management, technical sales and service and marketing.

Food Business Plan of Study (.pdf)

Food and Health Option

This plan of study is designed for students who are interested in the health professions. Successful completion of this program option satisfies the basic requirements for entrance to veterinary, dental and medical schools as well as other public health careers.

Food and Health Plan of Study (.pdf)

Food and Beverage Fermentation Option

Students in this discipline learn the science behind fermented foods and beverages and their significant contribution to food processing and preservation and the human microbiome. The skills learned prepare students for satisfying careers in the rapidly growing area of healthy foods in addition to the beer and wine industry.

Food and Beverage Fermentation Plan of Study (.pdf)


High School Preparation

Incoming freshman at Virginia Tech must have graduated from an accredited high school or preparatory school with a minimum of 18 course units.  Please see the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for admission requirements and application deadlines.