Food Science

Students will learn how to improve the quality of food

The major offers a great infrastructure that enables students to develop industrialized products and design factory plants of their own

The main task of a food engineer is to provide affordable and healthy food in quantities large enough to fulfill the needs of a population. Such challenge is imposed by a world that has been through a general food supply crisis,that has been affecting even Brazil, one of the main food producers today. Both national and international markets are becoming more and more competitive, and consumers, on the other hand, are now more aware and demanding of what they eat.

Considering this complex scenario, a food engineer has to master the whole food processing and preservation technology, as well as the selection of raw materials and the further steps, such as production, processing and preservation, packing, storage, and distribution.

This professional must have management skills, since he/she will be requested to direct factories and the settlement of industrial plants. A food engineer also has to develop and implement quality programs and systems, always having in mind the improvement of the production process and the quality of products. In addition to assisting the management of inputs, pieces of equipment, and product packing, he/she may also work with technical consultancy, certification and audit procedures, and sales.

This major also qualifies students to work in government agencies and be responsible for technical standardization, advisement, and supervision. UNESP offers the major at the campus located in São José do Rio Preto, where students will find a multidisciplinary approach that includes both food science and engineering courses in the curriculum. The former include, for instance, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, and other subjects related to food feedstock and their components, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins. The later, on the other hand, includes physics, mathematics, physical chemistry, thermodynamics, and subjects related to the project, control, and improvement of food processing. There are also subjects related to technologies - traditional and new ones - used in the preservation and transformation of food, as well as to the ones dealing with current business issues; for example, computer science, economics, administration, and environmental matters.

Students are also granted access to twenty multidisciplinary labs, two computer labs, and a pilot plant that reproduces an industrial structure and enables analysis, experiments, and simulations of industrial processes.

During classes, students will work in the labs and develop new food products. There is a mandatory internship period carried out in a real industrial environment, which will prepare students for their professional future. As their Senior Research Project, they are supposed to design an industrial project that has to include an analysis of the technical and economic feasibility of the enterprise.

Students are also encouraged to expand their education through side research projects. In addition, many extracurricular activities and student exchange programs are offered. They may also participate in the food engineering junior enterprise that the campus holds, through which they can improve their entrepreneurial skills by providing consulting services or developing projects for small companies and entities, or simply retribuing to society.

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
São José do Rio Preto Morning and Afternoon 30 5 years

SÃo JosÉ do Rio Preto

Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas - IBILCE
Rua Cristóvão Colombo, 2265
Bairro: Jardim Nazareth
15054-000 - São José do Rio Preto, SP
Phone: (17) 32212200