BABA General Studies Specialization: Food Science and Human Nutrition

The Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSN) area of specialization is offered through the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences offers this area of specialization to students seeking employment in food corporations. It provides a basic foundation in food science and nutrition without requiring an extensive science background, and will benefit students interested in food-related careers in market research, production management, and purchasing and sales. For career information visit the UF Career Connections Center.


Students are required to have a minimum of four classes totaling 12 hours from any of the 3000-4000 level courses listed below and maintain a minimum 2.0 area of specialization GPA. Be sure to check course prerequisite requirements. Visit the Undergraduate Catalog Courses page to find more details for each course.

  • FOS 3042 Introductory Food Science (3 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer A)
  • FOS 4202 Food Safety and Sanitation (2 credits; Fall odd years; prereq: MCB 2000 with lab MCB 2000L)
  • FOS 4722C Quality Control in Food Systems (3 credits; Fall; prereq: STA 2023)
  • FOS 4731 Government Regulations and Food (2 credits; Spring; prereq: FOS 3042)
  • FOS 4290 or ALS 4932 Principles of Food Safety systems or HACCP Systems (2 credits; FOS 4936, Fall even years; ALS 4932, Spring)
  • FOS 4936 Topics in Food Science: Food Entrepreneurship (Fall, beginning in 2022; prereq: Dept. consent)

Contact Information

You are always welcome to meet with an advisor in the Heavener School of Business, however, advising specifically related to Food Science and Human Nutrition is available through the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. For registration, scheduling, and area-specific questions, please contact:

Herschel Johnson
103 FSHN Building

Minor Option

A minor is available in this area of specialization. To complete the Food Science minor, students must earn 15 credits with a minimum C grade in each class. If students complete all of the above courses in the area of specialization, then students need one additional course to complete the Food Science minor (ex. FOS 2001 – Man’s Food). You can find out more about the Food Science minor in the Undergraduate Catalog.