Food Engineering Emphasis
Addressing the growing need for safe and healthy foods and healthy lives
You will be prepared to design and develop cost-effective systems and solutions to food processing, machinery, packaging, ingredients, instrumentation, and control.
- 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
You can tailor your education to your personal interests and career objectives.
After graduation, you'll be prepared for careers in the conventional and emerging bio-based industry. You will also be prepared for continuing your education at the graduate level in engineering, science, medicine, law, and business.
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 (PDF)
- 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
- Consider the Technical Communication Certificate
- 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 an emphasis (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 an emphasis 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 fill out our contact form or contact:
Student Services & External Relations Coordinator
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