Food Science focuses on safe and nutritious practices for processing crops and animals that are used for food that is distributed to manufacturers and consumers.
Why Food Science is an Important Part of Ag
With the population across the world continuing to increase, food production is becoming even more important. Through Concordia University, Nebraska’s Agriculture Science degree, students will learn alongside local food producers about food production and how to ensure it is conducted through a safe process, free from contaminants, while still getting the highest food output possible.
- Food production across the world will have to increase 70 percent by 2050 to feed an additional 2.3 billion people
- Livestock or poultry operations are found on 49 percent of Nebraska farms
- Overall employment of agricultural and food scientists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026
What You’ll Learn in the Food Science Area of Focus
You’ll explore the variety of agricultural practices in Nebraska, the Great Plains, the US and the world and how and why those practices were developed. You’ll learn about the practices and principles of food production, including: crop distribution, growth process, response to environment, grain and forage crops, and their distribution, use, improvement, growth, harvesting and marketing.
How You’ll Use your Food Science Knowledge
Whether you’re looking to make an impact locally or globally, your background in food production will help you solve real-world problems. Your background and hands-on experience will prepare you for your career in ag. Below are just a few examples of how you can use your food production background.
- Food Research and Development
- Food Production Supervisor
- Food Safety Specialist
- Quality Assurance Manager