Food Science, Nutrition, and Management
Xuntao Zhu, Chairperson
The curriculum in Food Science, Nutrition, and Management is designed to prepare students for careers in the food production and food service industries. Science and business are emphasized to different extents in the three specializations within the major. Communications skills and a broad background in liberal arts are important components of the programs. An important objective for our program is the education of students to meet the career needs of the industry which will employ them. Industry advisors review our programs periodically to help us accomplish this.
The food and allied industries employ large numbers of people with widely varying skills and talents. Graduates are employed in many sectors of the foodservice industry, such as quality assurance, production management, industrial food management, food marketing, food and pharmaceutical packaging, food purchasing, product development, research, technical sales, restaurant or foodservice management. Graduates often work as sales representatives or market development coordinators. Placement of graduates is excellent.
The curriculum is designed to permit the student to pursue an interest in either food science and technology or foodservice management. It is ideal for the student interested in opening his or her own business in the food industry (restaurant or food production).
The total number of credits required for graduation with a degree in Food Science, Nutrition, and Management is 128, which includes 4 credits for completion of the Experiential Learning Program.
The Experience360 (E360) at Delaware Valley University is a graduation requirement for all full-time undergraduate students. Students can choose from multiple experiential learning activities and will earn 4 credits for the E360 depending on their major’s program requirements.
• Full-time undergraduate students must complete a minimum of two E360 activities with at least one for academic credit.
• Students must have completed 27 credits to enroll in E360 Activities.
• All students must complete an introductory course prior to enrolling in any E360 Activities.
Students must consult with their Department Chair for specific major requirements to complete the Experience360 Program.
Food Science and Food Technology
Graduates of these specializations are prepared to enter food ingredient or food processing industries such as baking, confections, dairy products, meats, flavors, convenience foods, and packaging. They may also be employed in government regulations, commercial testing laboratories, or in technical sales for companies which supply the food industry. University and government laboratories also employ food scientists and technologists. Close association with area food processors and government laboratories enables our students to gain firsthand knowledge of the industry through field trips and summer employment. Students have access to excellent paid internship opportunities with major foodservice corporations.