B.Sc. in Food Sciences is a 3-year undergraduate course divided into six semesters.
Food Sciences is the study of the nature of food and the changes that occur in it naturally, and as a result of handling and processing.
The course involves a specialized study of all aspects of food, starting with harvesting or slaughtering, gathering or butchering, and consumption by means of cooking.
The course is career-oriented in nature, and is offered at a number of colleges/ universities through the country.
Some of the institutes that offer the course in India are listed here:
Some of the top entrance tests conducted for admission to the course in India are:
The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing the course is a 10+2 or equivalent qualification in the Science stream, from a recognized educational Board, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam, or merit obtained in the last qualifying exam.
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 10,000 to 5 Lacs for a span of 4 years.
Successful graduates of the course can expect anything between INR 3 to 20 lacs as annual salary in the industry, increasing with experience and skillset.
Such graduates are hired in capacities such as:
Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course
|Examination Type||Semester System/Year wise|
|Eligibility||10+2, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.|
|Admission Process||Merit-based/ Entrance test|
|Course Fee||INR 10,000 to 5 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 20 Lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Godrej Industrial Limited, Dabur India Ltd., Nestle India Pvt. Ltd, PepsiCo India Holdings, Amul, Britannia Industries Ltd., Parle Products Pvt. Ltd, ITC Ltd., Agro Tech Foods, Cadbury India Ltd, Perfetti India Ltd, Hindustan Lever Limited, MTR Foods limited, Milkfood, Gits Food Products Pvt. Ltd, BEC Foods Ltd, MAFCO Ltd, Wockhardt, ITC Ltd., etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Food Packing Company, Colleges & Universities, Food Processing Companies, Science Research Centers, Content Writing (health), and such.|
|Job Positions||Analytical Scientist, consultants, Food Technologist, Computer Operator, Food & Beverage Storekeeper, Junior Analytical Assistant (Food), Assist. Analytical Scientist, Food & Beverage Executive, Dietician & Nutritionist, among others.|
Food Science is the academic discipline involving an advanced study of the concepts and processes involved in the processing, protection, preparing, selection, distribution, and utilization of nutritious and healthy food. The discipline is founded on the application of food science to preservation, selection, processing, distribution, packaging, and use of nutritious and safe food.
Subjects typically covered within this course’s curriculum are Food Microbiology, Packaging Technology, Dairy Technology, and Food Chemistry. Food Scientists study the physical, microbiological, and chemical makeup of food.
Ideal candidates for the course would possess:
A scientific bend of mind.
Some of the top colleges offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Mount Carmel College||Bangalore||INR 35,600|
|Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College For Women||Chennai||INR 37,000|
|Queen Mary's College||Chennai||INR 822|
|RVS College of Arts and Science||Coimbatore||INR 23,000|
|Manav Rachna International University||Faridabad||INR 1,08,000|
|Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College||West Bengal||INR 7,813|
|Sai Nath University||Ranchi||INR 6,500|
|Vidyasagar College||Kolkata||INR 5,450|
|IIS University||Jaipur||INR 37,472|
|Vinoba Bhave University||Hazaribagh||INR 1,433|
|Sharda University||Greater Noida||INR 88,333|
|CMJ University||Shillong||INR 20,000|
|I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University||Jalandhar||INR 47,767|
|Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University||Gurgaon||INR 1,50,000|
|Magadh University||Gaya||INR 12,333|
|Lovely Professional University||Jalandhar||INR 1,29,000|
|Amity University||Gurgaon||INR 95,372|
|Central Agricultural University||Imphal||INR 740|
|Avinashilingam University for Women||Coimbatore||INR 8,190|
|Aiman College of Arts and Science for Women||Tamil Nadu||INR 26,870|
Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test, often followed by a round of personal interview, wherein their general aptitude for the course is tested. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
Some institutes such as the following conduct GSAT for admission to the course:
A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level.
Listed below are some of the top entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to the course.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Semester I||Semester II|
|Introduction to Biology||Technical Writing in English/ Computational Techniques|
|Introduction to Food Technology-I||Chemistry|
|Mathematics and Statistics||Introduction to Food Technology II|
|Technical Writing in English / Computational Techniques||Principles of Food Science|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|Technology of Fruits Vegetables and Plantation Crops||Technology of Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds|
|Foundations of Food & Nutrition||Principles of Food Preparation|
|Food Processing and Engineering||Biochemistry|
|Project Management and Entrepreneurship||Food Engineering|
|Semester V||Semester VI|
|Technology of Dairy and Sea Food||Technology of Meat, Poultry & Eggs|
|Food Chemistry I||Food Chemistry II|
|Food Microbiology||Food Safety|
|Food Quality Testing and Evaluation||Food Quality Management.|
Such Food Scientists work across packaging companies, food processing companies, manufacturing industries, research laboratories, etc.
Such professionals are hired at various private and public-sector organizations, in job roles such as:
Other areas of employment for such professionals include:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Food Technologist||Food Technologists explore and grow new sustenance and refreshment items, or perform research to enhance the nature of existing items.||1,000,000|
|Dietitians||Dietitians promote healthy dietary habits and treat nutrition-related health conditions by counselling and treating such patients, designing food regimens.||6,02,003|