Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Food Sciences) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    SCIENCE

  • DURATION

    3 YEARS

  • COURSE

    Food Science

  • COURSE TYPE

    Graduation

    Bachelor of Science in Food Science Top Colleges, Syllabus, Jobs and Salary

    Pranjal Singhal Pranjal Singhal
    Content Curator

    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:

    • AIEEE: All India Engineering Entrance Examination.
    • AICET: All India Common Entrance Test.
    • IIT JEE: IIT Joint Entrance Examination
    • JNU: Engineering Entrance Exam.

    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:

    • Analytical Scientist, Consultants, Food Technologist.
    • Computer Operator, Food & Beverage Storekeeper, Junior Analytical Assistant (Food).
    • Assistant Analytical Scientist, Food & Beverage Executive, Dietician & Nutritionist, etc.

    B.Sc. in Food Science: Course Highlights

    Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course

    Course LevelGraduation
    Duration3 years
    Examination TypeSemester System/Year wise
    Eligibility10+2, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
    Admission ProcessMerit-based/ Entrance test
    Course FeeINR 10,000 to 5 Lacs
    Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 20 Lacs per annum
    Top Recruiting CompaniesGodrej 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 AreasFood Packing Company, Colleges & Universities, Food Processing Companies, Science Research Centers, Content Writing (health), and such.
    Job PositionsAnalytical Scientist, consultants, Food Technologist, Computer Operator, Food & Beverage Storekeeper, Junior Analytical Assistant (Food), Assist. Analytical Scientist, Food & Beverage Executive, Dietician & Nutritionist, among others.

    B.Sc. in Food Science: What is it About?

    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.

    B.Sc. in Food Science: Who should opt?

    Ideal candidates for the course would possess:

    • A scientific bend of mind.

    • Good observation & concentration.
    • Interest in food-related scientific and technological development.
    • Interest in health and nutrition.
    • A discerning approach to food items.
    • Good analytical and problem-solving skills as well as an ability to interpret data critically.

    Top Institutes offering B.Sc. in Food Science

    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 InstituteCity Average Fees
    Mount Carmel CollegeBangaloreINR 35,600
    Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College For WomenChennaiINR 37,000
    Queen Mary's CollegeChennaiINR 822
    RVS College of Arts and ScienceCoimbatoreINR 23,000
    Manav Rachna International UniversityFaridabadINR 1,08,000
    Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath CollegeWest BengalINR 7,813
    Sai Nath UniversityRanchiINR 6,500
    Vidyasagar CollegeKolkataINR 5,450
    IIS UniversityJaipurINR 37,472
    Vinoba Bhave UniversityHazaribaghINR 1,433
    Sharda UniversityGreater NoidaINR 88,333
    CMJ UniversityShillongINR 20,000
    I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical UniversityJalandharINR 47,767
    Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary UniversityGurgaonINR 1,50,000
    Magadh UniversityGayaINR 12,333
    Lovely Professional UniversityJalandharINR 1,29,000
    Amity UniversityGurgaonINR 95,372
    Central Agricultural UniversityImphalINR 740
    Avinashilingam University for WomenCoimbatoreINR 8,190
    Aiman College of Arts and Science for WomenTamil NaduINR 26,870

    Eligibility for B.Sc. in Food Science

    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.

    • Successful completion of the 10+2 level of education in the Science stream, completed from a recognized university.
    • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST candidates) at the 10+2 level.

    B.Sc. in Food Science: Admission Process

    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:

    • Mount Carmel College
    • Queen Mary's College
    • Sai Nath University
    • Vidyasagar College
    • Sharda University
    • Gitam College.

    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.

    • AIEEE: All India Engineering Entrance Examination.
    • AICET: All India Common Entrance Test.
    • IIT JEE: IIT Joint Entrance Examination
    • JNU: Engineering Entrance Exam
    • COMEDK: Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam
    • AMIE Entrance Exam
    • AMIETE Entrance Exam
    • DCE CEE Entrance Exam.
    • BISAT Entrance Examination
    • BIHER Entrance Exam
    • NIT Entrance Exam
    • VITEEE Engineering Entrance Exam.

    B.Sc. in Food Science: Syllabus and Course Description

    A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

    Semester ISemester II
    Introduction to BiologyTechnical Writing in English/ Computational Techniques
    Introduction to Food Technology-IChemistry
    Mathematics and StatisticsIntroduction to Food Technology II
    Technical Writing in English / Computational TechniquesPrinciples of Food Science
    Semester IIISemester IV
    Technology of Fruits Vegetables and Plantation CropsTechnology of Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds
    Foundations of Food & NutritionPrinciples of Food Preparation
    Food Processing and EngineeringBiochemistry
    Project Management and EntrepreneurshipFood Engineering
    Semester VSemester VI
    Technology of Dairy and Sea FoodTechnology of Meat, Poultry & Eggs
    Food Chemistry IFood Chemistry II
    Food MicrobiologyFood Safety
    Food Quality Testing and EvaluationFood Quality Management.

    B.Sc. in Food Science: Career Prospects

    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:

    • Production Managers, Assistant Managers, Food Packaging Managers.
    • Food Scientists, Research and Development Personnel.
    • Food Development Managers, Sensory Scientists, Quality Control Officers.
    • Food Safety Auditors, And Even Food Stylists.

    Other areas of employment for such professionals include:

    • Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry
    • Food-related writing for magazines, journals, books, and television shows.
    • Food manufacturing plants, research and development labs, catering companies.
    • Food whole-sellers, restaurants and hospitals.

    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.

    Bachelor of Science in Food Science Annual Salary
    Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
    Food TechnologistFood Technologists explore and grow new sustenance and refreshment items, or perform research to enhance the nature of existing items.1,000,000
    DietitiansDietitians promote healthy dietary habits and treat nutrition-related health conditions by counselling and treating such patients, designing food regimens.6,02,003

    Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Food Sciences) Fee Structure in India


    9.81 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES1.61 L (Maximum Fee)
    83.95 K (Average Fee)
    77 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES1.17 L (Maximum Fee)
    97 K (Average Fee)

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