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Apply your knowledge
Explore a sector of the agri-food industry through a paid work placement that earns you academic credit towards your degree. While participating in our Co-op Program students engage throughout the placement in an online self-directed course that provides them with ongoing evaluation from their workplace.
Learn from the best
The professors in the Food Science program are world renowned researchers in cutting edge facilities applying innovative technologies. Courses include food safety, chemistry, microbiology, engineering and sensory science.
Build your network
The University of Manitoba Dairy Club is a student-run organization dedicated to improving and promoting the dairy industry through science, community service, fundraising, club activities and educational events.
Learn and live in Manitoba
With international students from over 120 different countries, UM is part of Winnipeg's unique and diverse cultural community.
Where it can take you
Some of the occupations that BSc (Food Science) grads have pursued include:
- Quality assurance
- Data analysis
- Food processing
- Commodity trading
- Laboratory technician
- Food product development
- Grain purchasing
- Food safety
- Food facility operations
- Food business ownership
Expected duration: 4 years
Students must complete 120 credits hours of degree core, restrictive elective and free elective study.
The Bachelor of Science (Food Science) is a four-year program with two options available:
- Science: Students will focus on the science and technology of food processing, packaging and preservation.
- Business: Students will focus on the business and economics of food production, including marketing and finance.
Cooperative education program
Food Science students have the option to earn credits through the Cooperative Education Program, connecting classroom learning with valuable work experience.
Professional designation eligibility
Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST)
BSc (Food Science) graduates are eligible to become members of CIFST, a professional society associated with the manufacturing, processing and packaging of food.
Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
The BSc (Food Science) Science Option is accredited by IFT.
Agrologists Manitoba (Manitoba Institute of Agrologists)
Graduates of the B.Sc. (Food Science) meet the entry to practice education requirement and are eligible to become Professional Agrologists (PAg).
Agrologists are regulated professionals who have highly specialized knowledge about agriculture and food production and natural resource management. They provide decision makers with advice to help feed the world, boost the economy, and protect the environment.
Graduates from the Faculty’s professional programs who are working and practicing agrology in Manitoba require registration with and a licence from Agrologists Manitoba. Students/prospective students should contact Agrologists Manitoba directly for more information on the practice of agrology in Manitoba.
See below for a list of available minors in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, as well as link to all available minors offered through the University of Manitoba:
Sample course offerings:
- FOOD 4510: Food Product Development (3 credit hours)
- FOOD 4150: Food Microbiology (3 credit hours)
- FOOD 3170: Cheese and Fermented Milk Products (3 credit hours)
- FOOD 3160: Frozen Dairy Products (3 credit hours)
- FOOD 3210: Food Engineering Fundamentals (3 credit hours)
- AGRI 1600: Introduction to Agrifood Systems (3 credit hours)
- FOOD 4500: Food Safety and Regulations (3 credit hours)
- FOOD 4200: Quality Control in Foods (3 credit hours)
- ABIZ 1000: Introduction to Agribusiness Management (3 credit hours)
- BIOL 1020: Biology 1: Principles and Themes (3 credit hours)
- HNSC 1200: Food: Facts and Fallacies (3 credit hours)
- ECON 1010: Introduction to Microeconomic Principles (3 credit hours)
- FOOD 2500: Food Chemistry (3 credit hours)
- FOOD 4540: Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Course outlines are available to view on the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences website.
See the full Food Science program progression plans on our Degree advising page under "Degree requirements."
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Science (Food Science) program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry: applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college. Direct entry applicants require the following:
- Manitoba high school graduation including 5 full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated S,G, or U
- A minimum average of 70% over the following courses, with no less than 60% in each course:
- English 40S
- Applied Mathematics 40S or Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S
- Two academic 40S courses
Advanced entry: Advanced entry is for applicants who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the Start or continue your application button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
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