Applied Food Science - B.S.

Effective May 17, 2024 FYS1020 and CAR0010 will no longer be requirements in our undergraduate programs.

The Applied Food Science bachelor's degree program combines the strengths of culinary arts and food science to prepare students for careers working in food product research and development, quality assurance, production management, and food technologist positions. The program is open to individuals already holding an associate degree from Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts as well as graduates from other culinary arts and baking & pastry arts associate degree programs. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply food chemistry and scientific principles to the innovation and development of food and food products.                                              
  • Demonstrate practical proficiency of applied food sciences in a food analysis laboratory.
  • Apply principles of food technology and processing in food systems.
  • Apply food safety and microbiological knowledge to identify and solve problems related to food and food products.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.                                       

Major curriculum classes are conducted in both academic and laboratory environments focusing on core competencies prescribed by the Institute of Food Technologists. These include food chemistry and analysis, food safety and microbiology, food processing and engineering, and applied food science. The student’s experience is complemented by the university’s Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum to provide breadth of learning through the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. 

All students interested in entering the Applied Food Science degree program must complete and submit an application to the program lead faculty member. While application typically takes place during the first year of study, students may apply at any point during their academic career at Johnson & Wales University. Selection is based on previous academic performance, industry experience and professional recommendations. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Applied Food Science

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree for two-year baking & pastry arts or culinary arts program graduates

First two years:62
in Baking & Pastry Arts
in Culinary Arts
Third and fourth years:
Major Courses
FSC3010Food Quality Assurance3
FSC3020Food Chemistry3
FSC3040Food Ingredients & Formulations3
FSC3050Fermentation Science & Functional Foods3
FSC3060Principles of Food Microbiology3
FSC3065Principles of Food Microbiology Laboratory1.5
FSC4010Sensory Analysis3
FSC4020Principles of Food Processing3
FSC4040Product Research & Development3
Related Professional Studies
BIO2201General Microbiology3
BIO2206General Microbiology Laboratory1
CAR0010Career Management1
CHM2040Introduction to General and Organic Chemistry3
A&S Core Experience
Integrative Learning3
One ILS course at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT or REL
Statistics I
Social Sciences6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, RES or SOC
A&S Electives *3
One course with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
9 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university9
Total Credits63.5
Four-Year Credit Total125.5

Students should select SCI1015 as their associate degree's A&S elective as it is a prerequisite to some of the required courses in this program.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For students who qualify for the J2 program, up to four graduate courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

J2 Program

The JWU J2 program allows qualified students enrolled in a matriculating undergraduate program to take graduate level courses at JWU. Students interested in pursuing this option should meet with their academic advisor to discuss their interest, qualifications, and plans. The undergraduate student may take up to four graduate courses (maximum 12 credits) and are limited to 6 credits a semester and 3 credits per session (Fall Session I and Fall Session II). 

The completion of graduate credits to fulfill undergraduate program requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program after completion of the baccalaureate degree. Matriculating undergraduate students who wish to formally enroll in a graduate program, must fulfill all requirements for entrance into the intended graduate program and complete a graduate program application. 

Note: Not all graduate courses are included as part of this policy. Courses offered as part of the Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and doctoral courses are excluded from this policy and are restricted to program majors only. Additional courses and/or programs as determined by individual colleges may also have restricted access.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to enroll in graduate level courses (excludes: Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, doctoral courses and other programs as outlined by the colleges).

Undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

·       Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher

·       Completed & registered undergraduate credits at least 90 credits

·       Meet the individual course prerequisites

Appeal to Eligibility Criteria: College Dean or designee will receive a copy of the Petition Form, Student's GPS and email requesting appeal if the student requests to appeal the GPA or earned/registered credit criteria. College Dean / designee will review and determine approval.  

These courses carry graduate credit and will replace undergraduate degree requirements when applicable, traditionally free-electives (maximum of 12 credits). The course will be applied to the undergraduate degree in the order in which they are taken (if required) and will also be applied towards both the students undergraduate and graduate GPA.

Students should maintain enrollment in at least 12 credits of undergraduate coursework to maintain full-time status; graduate course enrollment is not calculated into undergraduate full-time status. For students already attending full-time as undergraduates (12 credits or more) and paying the full-time tuition, the graduate credits will be included in full-time tuition fee. Students attending part-time (11 credits or less) will pay the cost per-credit undergraduate tuition for the graduate course.

Course registration will be based on space availability and students enrolled in graduate level courses will be required to maintain good academic standing at the undergraduate and graduate level.