Department of Food Science

The Department of Food Science in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Food Science.

Food Science News

Chewing gum may be effective for delivering vitamins
October 10, 2018
Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users, so Penn State researchers studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body. Their results validate the concept of gum as an effective delivery system for at least some vitamins.
Penn State Berkey Creamery celebrates 'White Out' with new flavor
September 24, 2018
"White Out" — a sweet blend of popcorn-flavored ice cream and white chocolate chips — is now available for scooping at the Creamery. The flavor also is available in half-gallon containers and 3-gallon tubs for purchase at the store and online
Extension dairy specialist honored by international guild for cheese activism
August 21, 2018
Kerry Kaylegian, assistant research professor of dairy foods and extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers New World Chapter on July 28 in a ceremony held in association with the American Cheese Society's annual meeting in Pittsburgh.
Sensational servings: Researcher to explain ice cream and our senses
August 17, 2018
Alyssa Bakke, a staff sensory scientist in the Department of Food Science who has expertise in food choice and consumer behavior, will be speaking at August's Science on Tap event at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Liberty Craft House in State College.
Link found between bitter-taste sensitivity and cancer risk
July 18, 2018
High bitter-taste sensitivity is associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer in older British women, according to researchers who conducted a unique study of 5,500 women whose diet, lifestyle and health has been tracked for about 20 years.

Upcoming Events

Food Safety and Sanitation for Food Manufacturers
When: October 16-18, 2018
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park
Pasteurizer Operators Workshop
When: October 23-25, 2018
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park
Food Science Tailgate
When: October 27, 2018
Where: Erickson Food Science Building
The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course
When: November 12-15, 2018
Where: 252 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building
Preventive Controls for Human Foods Certification Workshop - Pittsburgh, PA
When: November 13-15, 2018
Where: Pittsburgh, PA