Food Science

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425600
GE
92
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Chemistry
Sem 2 entry: 
Yes
Tharun Vanjimuthu

Through the Food Science Student Association I've built professional networks and long lasting relationships, and I cherish playing a role enhancing the student learning experience.

Tharun Vanjimuthu

What's it all about?

■  Do you want to learn more about the physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying metabolism, health and disease? Or how to process and preserve foods, reducing food and energy waste? This degree explores how we can optimise the quality and safety of foods through appropriate processing and packaging. It prepares the graduate for employment in a large manufacturing sector.

What does it include?

■  This degree integrates fundamental knowledge in sciences: chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, sensory analysis, human nutrition and biotechnology. Students are encouraged to obtain as much professionally oriented or industrial experience as possible before the completion of the degree. The Food Science Field Trip, in February of Year 3, visits approximately 10 food-manufacturing plants around Australia and is a compulsory part of this degree. Year 4 includes training in research through an individual Honours research project.

Where will you work?

■  What you do will depend on what aspect of the program you specialise in. University and CSIRO research, government regulatory bodies such as FSANZ or any industry or company related to food or beverages employ food science and technology graduates. Initial industry positions include laboratory roles (fundamental research, product design and development, quality assurance, analysis for nutrients); production management; technical sales; nutrition advice; marketing; and regulation compliance. Experienced technical staff often move into company management.

Accreditation

■  The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Food Science and Technology and Food Science and Nutrition degrees has approved curricula and options that the IFT Higher Education Review Board (HERB) has determined meet the IFT Undergraduate Education Standards for Degrees in Food Science. 

Sample Program Outlines*

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
BABS1201 Molecules, Cells and Genes Assumed knowledge: Physics HSC mark 53-100, or Chemistry HSC mark 53-100, or Earth and Environmental Science HSC mark 53-100, or Biology HSC mark 53-100.
FOOD1120 Introduction to Food Science
MATH1031 Maths for Life Sciences
CHEM1011 Chemistry A This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 11 chemistry or CHEM1001. CHEM1131 or MATS1101 are acceptable alternatives for CHEM1011.
CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A This course covers the same material as CHEM1011, but has additional material covering the structure of molecules, applications of intermolecular forces in industry and biology, and a more advanced treatment of the theory of chemical bonding.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
FOOD1130 Sustainable Food Manufacture
MATH1041 Stats for Life & Soc Sciences
CHEM1021 Chemistry B Course deals with a range of fundamental concepts in chemistry, biology and material science. It enables students to develop a deeper knowledge of Chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM1011 or CHEM1031.
CHEM1041 Higher Chemistry B Prerequisite: CHEM1031, or CHEM1011 with a credit or above.
PHYS1111 Fundamentals of Physics Students should take this course if they didn't taken HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
BIOC2181 Fundamentals of Biochemistry Prerequisite: BABS1201
BIOC2101 Principles of Biochemistry (Adv)
MICR2011 Microbiology 1A Prerequisite: BABS1201
CHEM2921 Food Chemistry Prerequisite: CHEM1011 and CHEM1021
FOOD1360 Food Processing Principles Prerequisite:

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
BIOC2201 Principles of Molecular Biology
BIOC2291 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
CHEM2041 Analytical Chemistry: Essential Methods Prerequisites: CHEM1011 or CHEM1031 or CHEM1811, CHEM1021 or CHEM1041 or CHEM1821, MATH1031/MATH1041 or MATH1131/MATH1141 or MATH1231/MATH1241
FOOD2320 Food Microbiology
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
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FOOD3220 Nutrition
FOOD3010 Food Preservation
FOOD3020 Food Science and Technology lab

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
FOOD3901 Product Design and Development
FOOD3801 Unit Operations in Food Processing
FOOD3030 Food Safety and Quality Assurance
FOOD6806 Food Toxicology

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
FOOD5400 Industry Liaison
FOOD4110 Advanced Food Chemistry
CEIC4002 Thesis A Prerequisite:at least 144 UOC in Industrial Chem or Chem Eng. Also INDC2003 or CEIC3003. Excludes CEIC4005.
Read more Professional Elective Recommendations for each degree in link. Bioinformatics students must take level 4+ COMP Professional Electives.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Professional Elective Recommendations for each degree in link. Bioinformatics students must take level 4+ COMP Professional Electives.
Read more Professional Elective Recommendations for each degree in link. Bioinformatics students must take level 4+ COMP Professional Electives.
CEIC4003 Thesis B May be replaced with Advance Thesis. Students undertaking the advance thesis option need permission from their supervisor and will replace CEIC4003 and 6 units of Discipline Electives with CEIC4006 Advance thesis (12 units).
Read more Professional Elective Recommendations for each degree in link. Bioinformatics students must take level 4+ COMP Professional Electives.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
BABS1201 Molecules, Cells and Genes Assumed knowledge: Physics HSC mark 53-100, or Chemistry HSC mark 53-100, or Earth and Environmental Science HSC mark 53-100, or Biology HSC mark 53-100.
FOOD1120 Introduction to Food Science
MATH1031 Maths for Life Sciences
CHEM1011 Chemistry A This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 11 chemistry or CHEM1001. CHEM1131 or MATS1101 are acceptable alternatives for CHEM1011.
CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A This course covers the same material as CHEM1011, but has additional material covering the structure of molecules, applications of intermolecular forces in industry and biology, and a more advanced treatment of the theory of chemical bonding.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
FOOD1130 Sustainable Food Manufacture
MATH1041 Stats for Life & Soc Sciences
CHEM1021 Chemistry B Course deals with a range of fundamental concepts in chemistry, biology and material science. It enables students to develop a deeper knowledge of Chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM1011 or CHEM1031.
CHEM1041 Higher Chemistry B Prerequisite: CHEM1031, or CHEM1011 with a credit or above.
PHYS1111 Fundamentals of Physics Students should take this course if they didn't taken HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
BIOC2181 Fundamentals of Biochemistry Prerequisite: BABS1201
BIOC2101 Principles of Biochemistry (Adv)
MICR2011 Microbiology 1A Prerequisite: BABS1201
CHEM2921 Food Chemistry Prerequisite: CHEM1011 and CHEM1021
PHSL2101 Physiology 1A Prerequisite: 6 UOC from level 1 Biology (BABS1201 pref); and 6 UOC of Level 1 CHEM; and 6 UOC Level 1 MATH; Recommended : BIOC2101 or BIOC2181

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
BIOC2291 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
BIOC2201 Principles of Molecular Biology
CHEM2041 Analytical Chemistry: Essential Methods Prerequisites: CHEM1011 or CHEM1031 or CHEM1811, CHEM1021 or CHEM1041 or CHEM1821, MATH1031/MATH1041 or MATH1131/MATH1141 or MATH1231/MATH1241
FOOD2320 Food Microbiology
PHSL2201 Physiology 1B Prerequisite PHSL2101. Recommended; BIOC2201 or BIOC2291

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
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FOOD3220 Nutrition
FOOD3010 Food Preservation
FOOD3020 Food Science and Technology lab

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
FOOD3901 Product Design and Development
FOOD4403 Advanced Nutrition
FOOD6806 Food Toxicology
FOOD3030 Food Safety and Quality Assurance

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
FOOD5400 Industry Liaison
FOOD4110 Advanced Food Chemistry
CEIC4002 Thesis A Prerequisite:at least 144 UOC in Industrial Chem or Chem Eng. Also INDC2003 or CEIC3003. Excludes CEIC4005.
Read more Professional Elective Recommendations for each degree in link. Bioinformatics students must take level 4+ COMP Professional Electives.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Professional Elective Recommendations for each degree in link. Bioinformatics students must take level 4+ COMP Professional Electives.
Read more Professional Elective Recommendations for each degree in link. Bioinformatics students must take level 4+ COMP Professional Electives.
CEIC4003 Thesis B May be replaced with Advance Thesis. Students undertaking the advance thesis option need permission from their supervisor and will replace CEIC4003 and 6 units of Discipline Electives with CEIC4006 Advance thesis (12 units).
Read more General Education Elective You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.