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Food Safety Major

Ensure that a high quality and reliable food supply is available to nourish the world's population. A Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in food safety from the University of Arizona prepares you with the tools and experience you need to engage top producing farms, guide international trade agreements and policies, or invent new processes the support safety in the food sector.

Why Major in Food Safety?

You want to feed our world and protect our future. You'll learn how to combine research, innovative technologies, and global food safety techniques to safely produce, package, and distribute sustenance to a growing population estimated to reach 10 billion people by 2025.

A degree in food safety will equip you with the confidence, expertise, and connections needed to excel in a range of rewarding fields including global trade, food law, public health, microbiology, and public relations. Moreover, a food safety degree can serve as a springboard into graduate, medical, law, or pharmacy school.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Food Safety?

There are a variety of career opportunities available to students who complete a bachelor of food safety, including:

  • Food safety manager: Develop, oversee, and provide training on implementation of effective food safety and quality requirements. You will enforce food safety and food defense standards, including monitoring and verification activities associated with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for meat and poultry products under the authority of the Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and preventive controls for all other foods under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as manage food recall and food defense programs.
  • Quality assurance manager: Design and oversee the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure that quality and food safety targets are met during procurements, production, and distribution. Positions exist in all types of food-related industries and businesses, including restaurant management, distribution facilities, commercial food production facilities, and more.
  • Food technologist: Develop new food products and processes while providing scientific and regulatory affairs support as needed to help organizations expand product lines and meet strategic marketing goals.
  • Global food trade analyst: Execute compliance activities, perform audits, facilitate import/export operational processes, be informed about fair trade treaties, and documents policies and procedures related to international food trade.
  • Food scientist: Apply principles of chemistry, biology, biochemistry, and other basic sciences, to study and understand the basic elements of food. You'll analyze the nutritional content of food, discover new food sources, and identify packaging and ingredient options to improve texture and flavor.

Food Safety Degree Requirements

As a food safety student at the University of Arizona, you'll put to work your critical thinking skills and passion for others' safety to further food science, regulation, and law as it relates to public and ecosystem health. Courses required to complete a bachelor of food safety are subject to change, so remember to meet with your adviser regularly to review your course plan.

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