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Culinary Science

Offered as: major, minor

Culinary Science brochure (PDF)

Culinary Science course catalog

Food Science and Human Nutrition department site »

As a culinary science student, you will explore the chemical and physical interactions of food and develop basic cooking techniques. As a graduate, you’ll combine food product development skills and entrepreneurial talents with scientific and technological knowledge to meet the demands of consumers and the food industry.

Strengths of the program

  • This rapidly growing major is the only of its kind in the State of Iowa and prepares students in unique careers in test kitchens, corporate restaurant menu development, and product development.

  • Undergraduate department courses are taught by world-class Ph.D. level faculty who provide hands-on learning opportunities in state-of-the-art laboratories and who care about the success of each student.

  • The department offers four student-led clubs, including the Food Science Club and the Culinary Science Club, which provide volunteer opportunities, connections to the health and food industry, trips to professional conferences, and other applied and fun extensions of classroom learning.

  • Students in the department participate in regional and national competitions through the department Product Development Team, College Bowl Team, and Dairy Product Evaluation Team.

  • Food Science and Human Nutrition students have the opportunity to travel abroad with faculty members to communities in Peru, India, and other places around the world to learn first-hand about food and nutrition in those countries.

  • First year students can participate in the FSHN Learning Community and transfer students can participate in the FSHN Transfer Learning Community to connect to the university, college, and department through common courses, community volunteerism, social programs, and other professional experiences. U.S. News and World Report ranked Iowa State’s learning communities among its “Programs to Look for”  – outstanding examples of academic programs commonly linked to student success (2010 “America’s Best Colleges”  rankings).

Curriculum requirements

4-year plans

Syllabi - current and past courses

Minor

Scholarships and financial aid

College of Human Sciences scholarships: Students complete one online form to apply for all college-level and department-level scholarships. The online form is generally available from November through February.

Food Science and Human Nutrition department scholarship list »

Career possibilities

Culinary Science degree holders can find careers in the following areas:

  • Test kitchen researcher
  • Sensory researcher
  • Research and development chef
  • Corporate restaurant menu developer
  • Culinary research technologist
  • Food marketing and sales manager
  • Food research and development manager
  • Quality research
  • Culinary research technologist

Transfer plans

Student organizations and learning communities

Related majors and minors

Internships

Faculty

Undergraduate department courses are taught by world-class Ph.D.-level faculty who provide hands-on learning opportunities in state-of-the-art laboratories and who care about the success of each student.

Department faculty research »

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department news and events »

  • Did You Know?

    In 2010-11, Culinary Science at ISU had a placement rate of 100 percent! Story»

  • Culinary Science Administration

    The Culinary Science program is offered by the Food Science and Human Nutrition department (FSHN). FSHN is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Sciences.