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

Berkey Creamery partners with Meats Lab to promote Penn State-grown products
September 6, 2019
Penn State tailgaters and students alike have new products to enjoy thanks to a partnership between the Penn State Berkey Creamery and the Penn State Meats Laboratory. The Creamery now carries five flavors of salami, five flavors of beef jerky and three flavors of meat snack sticks, all made at the Meats Lab.
Penn State launches new online sensory and consumer science graduate certificate
September 3, 2019
Penn State’s newest online certificate combines the study of sensory and consumer science with statistics, with an eye toward preparing students to obtain, analyze and describe product and consumer insight; provide clear recommendations on optimizing the quality of products; and increase the market success of those products.
Rosskams show commitment to philanthropy, food science with graduate fellowship
August 26, 2019
A family commitment to philanthropy, a career-long dedication to the food industry, and a deeply rooted connection to Penn State serve as inspiration for a newly created graduate fellowship in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Foodborne pathogen sheltered by harmless bacteria that support biofilm formation
August 21, 2019
Pathogenic bacteria that stubbornly lurk in some apple-packing facilities may be sheltered and protected by harmless bacteria that are known for their ability to form biofilms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery could lead to development of alternative foodborne-pathogen-control strategies.
Whole genome sequencing may help officials get a handle on disease outbreaks
August 7, 2019
In a series of studies, researchers showed that whole genome analysis can provide highly detailed information on pathogens in a timely fashion. The findings could help public officials prepare treatment and prevention options when disease outbreaks threaten the public.

Upcoming Events

Cultured Dairy Products Short Course
When: September 24-26, 2019
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park
Dairy Basics: Fundamentals of Quality and Safety
When: October 1, 2019
Where: 252 Erickson Food Science Building, University Park, PA
Hazard Analysis & Preventive Controls Workshop for Small-Scale Dairy Processors
When: October 2, 2019
Where: 252 Erickson Food Science Building, University Park, PA