Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations! By visiting our website, you are taking positive steps toward a brighter future. Many students like you have wondered how the program can help them create the career they’ve always wanted. We’ve compiled some of our most Frequently Asked Questions so you can find out a little more about our program, to see if it’s right for you.

Am I allowed to choose elective courses from other departments?

Yes. The Food Science and Technology program allots 15-18 credits of free electives. See Recommended Electives for suggested course groupings. These 15-18 credits may also be used for a minor and/or a student-designed concentration.

Can I declare a minor?

Yes. The Food Science and Technology program allots 15-18 credits that can be used towards a minor. Check the Undergraduate Bulletin for information on minors and requirements. These 15-18 credits may also be used for electives and/or a student-designed concentration.

How is the job market?

The job market for Food Science and Technology graduates is very strong. The food industry is global in scope and allows many career opportunities in areas such as new product development, food business management, ingredient technology, food safety, food analysis, process development, technical consulting and others.

Students should peruse Stout's Career Services website to find out the statistics on recent graduate placement and salaries.

What is the salary range for an entry level position?

Most positions in food science range from $22,000 to $52,000. The national average salary for food scientists with a bachelor's degree was $41,981 in 2011-2012.

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 bypass some of the years of service required for promotion, a master's or doctoral degree is highly recommended. However, students should look into graduate schools and their requirements early into the bachelor's 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's program in food science. At UW-Stout, we offer what is called a dual-level enrollment plan allowing undergraduate students to enroll in graduate credits at the undergraduate credit rate. Nine credits of graduate study may be taken at the undergraduate level, but not more than six (6) credits in a semester and not more than three (3) credits in a summer. Please see the Graduate Bulletin for details on dual-level enrollment.

What if I am a transfer student?

Transfer students should initially work with the Office of Admissions when they consider transferring into the program to determine what courses will transfer and how many courses they will have to take before finishing a baccalaureate degree. See the Transfer Students Web page for more information.

Can I study abroad?

Yes. UW-Stout offers many opportunities for studying abroad. Students should consult the study abroad section of the International Education website or visit the Office of International Education, 200 Main Street East, 715-232-2132.

What is a field experience?

A field experience is generally done beginning in the junior year, usually during the summer, and consists of 320 hours of supervised work in a food-related field. For more information, check out the Career Services website information about the co-op/internship program.

Can I take credits toward a graduate degree?

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

Who should I contact if I'm interested in the food industry or about the Food Science and Technology major?

Contact the program director at the address, telephone, or email address listed on the Contact Information page.

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