Recommended Electives

The BS in Food Science and Technology program requires students to take elective courses, develop a student-designed concentration area, or pursue a minor. This 15-18 credit requirement offers great flexibility in planning a customized degree program and promotes the development of specialized skills.


Free Electives or Student-Designed Concentration

Students can choose free electives or identify courses that will lead to a student-designed concentration area.

Transfer credits that aren’t used to satisfy general education or major studies credits, may be used as free electives.

Refer to the linked PDF  for a listing of recommended courses grouped in these interest areas:

  • Engineering Sciences
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Packaging and Applied Engineering
  • Quality and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Food, Nutrition, Culinary and Food Service
  • Food Communications
  • Business and Management
  • Success Skills

Discuss with your adviser when choosing electives or courses leading to a student-designed concentration.



Students can choose to minor in any of the UW-Stout minor offerings.

The program-recommended minors that have relevance to careers in food science are:

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computer Science
  • English Writing
  • Human Physiology
  • Materials
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Photography and Video
  • Plant Science
  • Project Management
  • Psychology
  • Quality Engineering
  • Quality Management
  • Spanish
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Web Technology

See the General Education page for further information on general education requirements and to the Undergraduate Bulletin for descriptions of all undergraduate course offerings at UW-Stout