Addressing the growing need for safe, healthy, and affordable food
You will be prepared to design, develop, and implement cost-effective systems and solutions for food manufacturing and processing technologies.
- Create sustainable solutions to address the global need for food security
- Provide safe, high quality, and nutritious food and promote healthy living
- Design, develop, and implement food processing and manufacturing technologies
Our curriculum has a strong foundation in math, science, engineering fundamentals, and food science, including their applications to food processing, biological processes, food quality, food safety, and food security.
- Follow a 4-year plan to ensure you take courses in sequence (opens in new browser tab)
- Take courses and electives taught by internationally-recognized faculty
Minors, certificates, licensure
- Minors that complement food engineering include food science, nutrition chemistry, biochemistry, or microbiology
- Become a licensed professional engineer (PE)
Admission and degree
You can apply for admission through either the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering or through the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (listed as "Pre-BBE").
You will graduate from the College of Science and Engineering with a Bachelor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering with a specialization (or major sub-plan) in food engineering, which will appear on your official transcript.
Research opportunities with our faculty
We have an active research faculty, and some may have opportunities for you to work on a project.
As a student with a specialization in food engineering, you may want to consider the following research areas within our department:
Also explore research opportunities through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).
Learn more about careers in food engineering and see a sample list of employers.
If you have questions, would like to meet faculty, or tour our labs, please e-mail [email protected].
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