Applied Food Science - B.S.

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

#  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 Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.


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 collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?