Food Engineering Emphasis

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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.

Minors, certificates, licensure

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.

Contact us

If you have questions, would like to meet faculty, or tour our labs, please fill out our contact form or contact:

Marlee Schlief
Student Services & External Relations Coordinator

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