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

College of Agricultural Sciences alum reflects on lessons learned at Penn State
June 30, 2020
Nelson Gaydos, an outreach specialist with the American Association of Meat Processors, credits his education and experiences at Penn State for helping him to meet the challenges of the food industry.
Consumers can distinguish between bitter tastes in beer -- doesn’t alter liking
June 26, 2020
Although most beer consumers can distinguish between different bitter tastes in beer, this does not appear to influence which beer they like. It seems they just like beer, regardless of the source of the bitterness.
Food scientists receive College of Ag Sciences award for research innovation
May 16, 2020
Food scientists Gregory Ziegler and Joshua Lambert are the 2020 recipients of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized intellectual property generated by their Penn State research.
Graduating food-science student parlays undergrad research experience into job
May 8, 2020
Gabriella Pinto provides a great example of what undergraduate research can do for a student. The Penn State food science major, who graduates this month, is headed for a good job armed with a wealth of experience and knowledge from her research, which gives her a leg up on her career.
Novel coronavirus not spread by food, according to Penn State experts
April 25, 2020
Is the novel coronavirus spread by food? As the extreme contagiousness of COVID-19 has become clear, that question has been asked over and over. The answer, according to food safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is that there is no evidence that it can be spread via food or food packaging.

Upcoming Events

Principles of Sensory Evaluation
When: August 18-20, 2020
Where: Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building
Preventive Controls for Human Foods – Dairy Foods Processing - University Park
When: September 15-17, 2020
Where: University Park, PA
Cultured Dairy Products Short Course
When: September 22-24, 2020
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park
Dairy Basics: Fundamentals of Quality and Safety -University Park, PA
When: October 6, 2020
Where: University Park, PA