Food Science

  • Overview
This science-heavy option acquaints you with the basics of human nutrition, anatomy, and physiology, so you can understand how the body processes and makes use of nutrients from food to build and maintain itself.

The Food Science option emphasizes Chemistry, Physics, and Biology courses related to the human body. Students can also select Liberal Arts courses that offer social, psychological, or humanistic perspectives on the nutrition science they learn. You’ll take two semesters each of General Chemistry and Physics, giving you a solid background in these subjects and teaching you to work with the precision and care that science demands. Upon completion of this option, you’ll have all the fundamentals you need to explore the complex ways our bodies work, and how we can nourish them.

Curriculum documents

This is just one way you might complete the Food Science program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Food Science program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
MAT 108
CHE 111
BIO 130
BIO 130L
ENG Comp. II
CHE 112
BIO 205
HIS course
Behavioral Science course
ENG 200 Level
PHY 101
BIO 194
PCS course
Behavioral Science course
CIS 140
PHY 102
Behavioral Science course
Humanities elective
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
BIO 130
BIO 130L
ENG Comp. II
MAT 108
PCS course
CHE 111
HIS course
ENG 200 level course
CHE 112
Behavioral Science course
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
PHY 101
Humanities elective
PHY 102
Behavioral Science course
BIO 194
Behavioral Science course
CIS 140
BIO 205

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program in food science, food science engineering or, with modification, nutrition.

Consider this program if

  • You want a broad as well as deep understanding of the scientific basis of food science engineering.
  • You want a career related to the development of new food products.
  • You want to pursue higher academic study in food science engineering or human nutrition.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.