Advisement FAQ

Can I declare a minor?

Yes. Minors are handled by the department which offers it, so applications for a minor should be obtained from that department. It is encouraged that those concentrating in food science add CHEM-136 (College Chemistry II) to their curriculum in order to obtain a chemistry minor. Those concentrating in food communications are encouraged to look into the journalism and technical writing minors. Where those in the food systems management and food merchandising and distribution are encouraged to declare a business administration minor. Students in the food packaging concentration may elect additional packaging courses. Please read the fine print under your concentration on the program plan outline. Those concentrating in food systems management will note, taking ECON-210 and ECON-215 within the social science general education electives should allow for a business administration minor. Minors allow a variety in job choices once the student graduates by providing the student with a diverse background of major expertise and minor expertise. Please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for the list of minors and their requirements.

Will I need a higher degree after a bachelor's degree?

The answer to this question depends on the type of position desired after graduation. If you are interested in teaching at the college level or want to obtain a higher position in industry and by-pass some of the years of service required for promotion, a master or doctoral degree is highly recommended. However, students should look into graduate schools and their requirements early into the bachelor program. Some higher degree programs may require courses not listed within the bachelor curriculum. For example many Universities require a full year of general physics, calculus, general chemistry and organic chemistry as well as a semester of analytical chemistry prior to entry into a master program in food science. Here at Stout, we offer what is called a dual-level enrollment plan which allows undergraduate students to take graduate credits at the undergraduate credit rate. Nine credits of graduate study may be taken at the undergraduate level. Not more than 6 credits in a semester and not more than 3 credits in a summer. Please see the Graduate Bulletin for details on dual-level enrollment.

Can I substitute or waive a course?

Substitutions and waivers are discouraged unless students are transferring in from another institution and have already taken courses which match courses in the program. If for some reason a course is discontinued or not offered before the student graduates, a substitution may be made. Students should consult their advisors before approaching the program director.

Is a double concentration possible?

A double concentration is possible, however accomplishing this usually requires extra semesters. The student can run a degree audit printed with the dual concentration to see how many more courses are needed to graduate.

How do I change my major, minor or concentration?

If changing you major, you should make an appointment with the program director of the new major to discuss this move. If changing your minor or concentration, you should make an appointment with your advisor before filing any changes. All forms can be obtained from the Advisement Center, Room 11, Bowman Hall.

Can I take credits toward a graduate degree?

Yes. Nine credits of graduate study may be taken at the undergraduate level. Not more than 6 credits in a semester and not more than 3 credits in a summer. Please see the Graduate Bulletin for details on dual-level enrollment.

What student organization is related to this program?

Food Systems and Technology Professionals participates in networking with faculty, staff, fellow students, alumni, and food systems and technology industrial professionals, and provides future internship or business contacts while encouraging fellowship.

What student or professional organizations are related to this program?

Food Systems and Technology Professionals participate in networking with faculty, staff, fellow students, alumni, and food systems and technology industrial professionals, and provides future internship or business contacts while encouraging fellowship.

Twin Cities Home Economists in Business

Institute of Food Technologists

Phi Upsilon Omincron -- if you maintain a grade point average placing you in the top 35 percent of your major, you may apply to this National Honor Society.

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Other organizations are available for your consideration at the UW-Stout Student Organizations website.

How can I develop my leadership skills?

  • Join a student organization and volunteer to serve on a committee, chair a committee or serve as an officer.

  • Volunteer to assist the program director with promotional and marketing tours and events.

  • Attend state and national meetings

  • Volunteer to be a teaching assistant

For answers to questions not addressed here, contact the program director at the address, telephone, or e-mail address listed on the Contact Information page.

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