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Clemson University: Food Science and Human Nutrition (BS)

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Food Science
Undergraduate Degree
General info

While at Clemson, you’ll follow foods from the seed, through the grocery store and onto our plates. As a food science and human nutrition major, you’ll learn all there is to know about how food impacts the human body and our society. This program is more than just classroom learning, as you’ll spend hours in labs creating and learning about all the wonderful qualities of foods. No matter if you prefer the chemistry of combining food elements, exploring the safety of the foods we buy or aiding a young celiac patient in selecting a safe diet, you’ll leave Clemson prepared to take your career to the next level.


You'll begin this major by completing fundamental courses in biology, chemistry and math. The program quickly evolves into a greater understanding of food chemistry and what gives food products shelf-stability or how those elements of food relate to metabolism.

Food Science and Technology Concentration
If you’re interested in the business, packaging, culinary science or engineering aspects of food, this concentration will provide an exciting course of study to help prepare you for a career in the food science industry. Your course work will focus on science and math, and you’ll take classes such as food product development and food process engineering.

Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration
Discover how to help others live a healthy lifestyle by learning more about nutrition and managing healthy diets. This concentration is designed to prepare you for a career in nutrition, food production management, technical sales and many others. Students wanting to be a Registered Dietitian will find that this program serves as a great foundation for application for internships through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program
Clemson offers an accelerated five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s program that will allow you to count up to 12 hours of graduate credit toward both your Bachelor of Science in food science and human nutrition and a Master of Science in food, nutrition and culinary sciences.


Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. While the majority of our food science and technology students go into the workforce, our human nutrition students have to complete a nine-month dietetic internship before becoming a registered dietitian.