Food Engineering

Addressing the growing need for safe and healthy foods and healthy lives

Photo of fresh fruits and veggiesFood engineers design and develop processes and products that address the world's growing demand for safe and healthy foods and healthy lives. From developing new and innovative bioprocessing solutions to food processing, machinery, packaging, ingredients, instrumentation, and control, food engineers create important cost-effective systems and solutions.

Food engineering students can tailor their education to their personal interests and career objectives. Graduates will be prepared for careers in the food processing and related agricultural products industry. Graduates will also be prepared for continuing their education at the graduate level in engineering, science, medicine, law, and business.


Students in this program will graduate from the College of Science and Engineering with a Bachelor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) with an emphasis (or major sub-plan) in Food Engineering (which will appear on the official transcript). Students can apply for admission to BBE through either the College of Science and Engineering or through the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (listed as "Pre-BBE").


4-Year Plan - Food engineering students follow a 4-Year Plan (PDF) to ensure they take courses in sequence.

Courses and Electives - Students are fortunate to take courses from internationally-recognized faculty.

Minors, Certificates, Licensure

Scholarships - Food engineering students have access to not only University and college scholarships, but also to department scholarships.


The future is bright for food engineering students and graduates. Recent graduates are employed by a variety of industries.

Beyond the Classroom

Student Groups - Being engaged outside the classroom is beneficial for students. This department has several student groups, as does CFANS and CSE.

Research - There are several opportunities for students to gain experience in a research environment. Below are the BBE research areas related to the bioproducts engineering program:

Food Engineering at the University of Minnesota

Current Students

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Contact Us

To schedule a tour or to visit with a faculty, contact Professor Ulrike Tschirner, Major Coordinator, at 612.624.8798 or, or fill out our online Contact Form.