Food & Nutritional Sciences, Minor


Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Steven Pao, Chair
Family and Food Sciences Building,
Room 111, M/S FF17

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Food & Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics & Food Administration Option, B.S.
BS in Food & Nutritional Sciences - Food Science Option, B.S.
BS in Food & Nutritional Sciences - Culinology Option, B.S.
CERT in Dietetics, Certificate of Adv. Study
MN in Food & Nutritional Sciences, Minor

Courses Offered

Join the leader in science, technology, and management. Students majoring within the Department of Food Science and Nutrition are prepared for a wide range of professions in the food industry — the largest single industry in the United States. California State University, Fresno is centered in the greatest food production and processing area in the world.

Some of the largest and best dairy and food companies cooperate with the university to provide students with a view of com­mer­cial realities in this industry. There is strong demand for dietitians and nut­­ri­tionists by the health care and food­ service industries.

Instructional Facilities

The department facilities include the Dairy Processing Plant, Food Processing Research Laboratory, the Food Preparation and Product Develop­ment Laboratories, Food Science Analytical Laboratory, Food Sensory Laboratory, and the Computer Laboratory. These facilities are used by students and faculty to provide a practical education founded on science and technology.


Food and Nutritional Sciences Minor

The Minor in Food and Nutritional Sciences consists of 21 units, of which 9 must be upper-division. All courses must be selected in consultation with the department chair. The minor program must be certified by the department chair. The certified minor program will be filed with the Degree Advising Office.

Note: The Food and Nutritional Sciences Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.


The faculty members continue to be recognized for quality hands-on education as well as scholarly contributions to their academic disciplines. Each student is assigned to a faculty adviser to maximize the student's educational experience at California State University, Fresno. The faculty are noted for cooperation and activity within each industry to prepare and place graduates in their chosen career.

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