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Bachelor of Science in Food Science

What's special about the McGill Bachelor of Science in Food Science (BSc(FSc))?

Discover how certain foods fight cancer. Understand why coloured fruits and vegetables have antioxidant properties.  Find out which chemicals in foods cause certain physical reactions or why some foods taste so good.

Food Science integrates many of the natural sciences such as chemistry, physics and biochemistry with the principles of engineering to help understand many of the physical processes involved in new food product development, food processing, food analysis, manufacturing and storage. Food Scientists work on the discovery of new bio-active ingredients and their incorporation into functional foods and ensure that all new products are safe and free from contamination. They also study how flavours and colours develop when food is baked, roasted or fried.

This program will give you the skills and knowledge needed in developing scientific methods used in the field so you will be able to successfully and confidently take on the many roles of a Food Scientist.

How is the BSc(FSc) structured?

This is a general outline. Consult the eCalendar for detailed program outlines.

Over the course of three years (U1, U2 and U3), students will complete a 90-credit degree. For students from high schools outside Quebec, a 30-credit freshman year (called U0) will be added at the start of your studies (making this a four-year, 120-credit degree). 

If you will be completing advanced level course work (such as International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced Levels, and/or university courses) you may receive advanced standing credit for all or part of the U0 year.

Students can choose between two program options: Food Science and Food Chemistry.  Graduates of both options will have the academic qualifications for membership in the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) and can also qualify for recognition by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).  Graduates of the Food Chemistry option can also qualify for recognition by the Ordre des chimistes du Québec (OCQ).

When do I declare my option?

If you are applying from a high school outside Quebec, you will enter the freshman year (U0) and only declare your choice of program at the end of the year.

If you are applying from Quebec CEGEP or you are completing an advanced level program (such as International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate or Advanced Levels) you will need to select the option that interests you most on the application form.  However, if admitted, it is possible to change your option before the start of your program.

Enhance your BSc(FSc) degree!

The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers undergraduate students every opportunity to expand their learning experience through participation in research projects. An excellent way is to find a professor whose research interests match your own. Professors occasionally need assistance, either during the summers and/or during the academic year. Always have an updated curriculum vitae available, so that, when an opportunity presents itself, you are ready to apply.

The University also participates in several government programs, including the NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award program, that encourage students to actively participate in ongoing or new research projects.