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

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.
Fruit may mask taste of dark green vegetables in commercial baby foods
April 11, 2020
Commercially prepared baby foods that purport to be loaded with dark green vegetables are sweetened with fruit puree and often don’t contain a high percentage of dark green vegetable content, according to a team of researchers. The resulting lack of dark green vegetable taste matters, said team leader John Hayes, associate professor of food science at Penn State.
Health, safety of employees essential for food processing operations
April 11, 2020
As it has become clear that COVID-19 will be present at some level in the United States for a long time, food processing establishments — facilities that process, pack or hold food for human consumption — have put into place controls to minimize the risk of the disease among their personnel.

Upcoming Events

Food Packaging Short Course
Event Canceled
When: June 9-11, 2020
Where: Rodney A. 252 Erickson Food Science Building
Fundamentals of Food Science
When: June 15-18, 2020
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park, PA
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