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Food Science Minor

Food Science & Nutrition
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits in this minor: 30 to 32
See major description for more information.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Prerequisite coursework for program requirements
These courses are prerequisites for courses required by the Food Science Minor.
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Many courses in the minor have prerequisites that do not count towards the total credits.
Minor Courses
FSCN 1102 - Food: Safety, Risks, and Technology [CIV] (3.0 cr)
FSCN 3102 - Introduction to Food Science (3.0 cr)
FSCN 4112 - Food Chemistry and Functional Foods (3.0 cr)
FSCN 4121 - Food Microbiology (3.0 cr)
FSCN 4113 - Ingredient Functionality and Applications in Food (2.0 cr)
FSCN 4332 - Food Processing Operations (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following courses (2-4 cr)
Elective courses for the food science minor.
FSCN 4122 - Food Fermentations and Biotechnology (2.0 cr)
or FSCN 4131 - Food Quality (3.0 cr)
or FSCN 4311 - Chemical Reactions in Food Systems (2.0 cr)
or FSCN 4312W - Food Analysis [WI] (4.0 cr)
 
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CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01884 - Chem 1061/Chem 1071H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Atomic theory, periodic properties of elements. Thermochemistry, reaction stoichiometry. Behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. Molecular/ionic structure/bonding. Organic chemistry and polymers. energy sources, environmental issues related to energy use. Prereq-Grade of at least C- in [1011 or 1015] or [passing placement exam, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065]; intended for science or engineering majors; concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1065; registration for 1065 must precede registration for 1061
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01878 - Chem 1065/Chem 1075H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1061
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (PHYS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01885 - Chem 1062/Chem 1072H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Chemical kinetics. Radioactive decay. Chemical equilibrium. Solutions. Acids/bases. Solubility. Second law of thermodynamics. Electrochemistry/corrosion. Descriptive chemistry of elements. Coordination chemistry. Biochemistry. prereq: Grade of at least C- in 1061 or equiv, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1066; registration for 1066 must precede registration for 1062
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (PHYS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01879 - Chem 1066/Chem 1076H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Experimental design, data collection and treatment, discussion of errors, and proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 1062
BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00467
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamentals of biochemistry. Structure/function of nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates. Enzymes. Metabolism. DNA replication and repair, transcription, protein synthesis. Recommended prerequisites: Introductory biology (BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2003 or equivalent), organic chemistry (CHEM 2301 or CHEM 2081/2085 or equivalent). Note: CBS students should take BIOC 3022 not 3021.
FSCN 1102 - Food: Safety, Risks, and Technology (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to inherent risks/safety of food supply. Use of public policy and food technology to reduce risks. Microbiological, chemical, and environmental hazards, government/industry controls.
FSCN 3102 - Introduction to Food Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to chemical/physical properties of foods. Evaluating interaction/reaction of foods due to formulation, processing, preparation. prereq: CHEM 1022 or [CHEM 1062 and CHEM 1066]
FSCN 4112 - Food Chemistry and Functional Foods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Most-important food constituents, their occurrence, structures, functional properties, and health benefits. Proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, water. Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytochemicals, food additives, contaminants. prereq: 3102, BIOC 3021
FSCN 4121 - Food Microbiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Microorganisms involved in food-borne disease, food fermentations, and food spoilage. Methods for their control/detection. Food microbiology. Foodborne pathogens. Microbial food spoilage. Control of microorganisms in food. prereq: BIOC 3021, [2021 or VBS 2032 or MICB 3301]
FSCN 4113 - Ingredient Functionality and Applications in Food
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course covers the practical use of various ingredients in different food matrices, with a focus on ingredient functionality, interactions, and substitutions. The emphasis will be on demonstrating the use of different ingredients to achieve a desired product quality, while addressing trends such diet restrictions, healthy foods, clean label, fair trade, sustainable sourcing, cost-optimization, among others. Other emphases will include ingredient handling, processing and stability. The course will be organized based on different food systems such as confectionery, baked products, fried foods, dairy and imitation dairy, etc.
FSCN 4332 - Food Processing Operations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Engineering principles applied to commonly used food processing operations. Blanching, pasteurization, sterilization, frying, baking, milling, extrusion. Meat processing, water treatment, waste management. Prerequisite: BBE 4744
FSCN 4122 - Food Fermentations and Biotechnology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Major food fermentations important for food industry. Microbiological components. Impact of biotechnology on food production. Genetic tools. Improvement of microbes used in food production by biotechnological approaches. prereq: [MICB 3301, BIOL 4003] or instr consent
FSCN 4131 - Food Quality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is designed to give students an overview of the management systems, statistical procedures, and regulatory requirements involved with producing quality food and ingredients. The course material includes risk assessment and management, good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP), statistical methods for process control, total quality management, and food and drug laws. The course is intended primarily for upper division undergraduates majoring in food science. prereq: jr
FSCN 4311 - Chemical Reactions in Food Systems
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Chemical structure of major food constituents, carbohydrates, lipid, and proteins. Reaction/interaction pathways. Function within complex food matrix under various storage/processing conditions. prereq: 4112, 4312W
FSCN 4312W - Food Analysis (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
The course covers major analytical tools needed for any investigation in food science and technology, whether by the food industry, governmental agencies, or universities. Specifically, the course covers: application of quantitative and qualitative physical, chemical, and instrumental methods used for analysis and examination of food constituents, ingredients, and products; sensory evaluation techniques; and evaluation of methods and interpretation of results. The course covers methods used for: compositional analysis of foods; chemical characterization of foods and food constituents; and spectroscopic, chromatographic, and spectrometric analysis used for the detection, identification, and quantification of food macro- and micro- components. In this course the students will learn to identify the appropriate methods of analysis based on the investigation purpose, either nutrition labeling, quality control, product development, or scientific research. prereq: FSCN 4112