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

More scrutiny needed for less-deadly foodborne bacteria
February 13, 2019
Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria — Bacillus cereus — which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation.
Wake up and smell the coffee: Research shows freezing beans can preserve aroma
January 17, 2019
Andrew Cotter's day does not begin until he's had his "cup of Joe," a ritual he takes seriously as one of a growing group of coffee consumers who grind and brew specialty coffee beans at home for a more flavorful and fragrant experience.
A 'bran' new way to preserve healthy food with natural ingredients
January 3, 2019
A natural antioxidant found in grain bran could preserve food longer and replace synthetic antioxidants currently used by the food industry, according to researchers at Penn State
Penn State Berkey Creamery intern plays important role in product development
December 19, 2018
Abigail Rule, a senior majoring in food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has gotten the inside scoop on product development, thanks to an internship with Penn State's Berkey Creamery.
Biodegradable, edible film kills pathogens on seafood
December 17, 2018
A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to a group of international researchers.

Upcoming Events

Foreign Supplier Verification Program - Malvern, PA
When: March 13-14, 2019
Where: Malvern, PA
Principles of Sensory Evaluation
When: March 26-28, 2019
Where: Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building