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Bachelor of Science - Columbus State University

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Bachelor of Science

Program Description

This degree track is designed for students interested in working in food industries, food quality assurance work in private industry, government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration or pursuing graduate studies in food science. In addition to the general degree requirements, the track requires satisfactory completion of courses in chemistry, food chemistry, food science, mathematics, and physics. These provide the skills needed to succeed in a variety of food science careers. The Food Science track consists of a broad range of upper-level elective courses to expose students to modern techniques in chemistry and the chemistry of food, and help them expand their college experience. The curriculum emphasizes major chemical and biochemical (enzymatic) reactions that impact food quality with emphasis on food industry applications; the formulation and processing of foods; the role of flavor molecules in food, from both a sensory and food quality perspective; importance of food hygiene, sanitation, and safety during food processing unit operations; and basics of analysis of food and interpret the results

Career Opportunities

Students majoring in chemistry may pursue careers as teachers, entry level chemist, and medicine

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety methodologies used in the chemical laboratory.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the diverse areas of chemistry.
  • Demonstrate the practical use of chemistry in food science.

Additional Program Requirements

There are no program specific academic regulations

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
MATH 1113

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4
COMM 1110
Select one of the following courses:

ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
INTS 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component

Note: the two extra hours may be used as electives.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010

Select one of the following fine arts courses

ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11
Take the following courses:
MATH 1131

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
INTS 2105
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3 

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
Students must have a C or better in the courses used to satisfy the major.

CHEM 2115 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 2315 Quantitative Analysis Lab
MATH 1132 Calculus with Analytical Geometry II
PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics I
PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II
PHYS 2311 Principles of Physics I Lab
PHYS 2312 Principles of Physics II Lab
STAT 1127 Introductory Statistics

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 46
Students must have a C or better in the courses used to satisfy the major.

CHEM 3111 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3112 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3135 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 3136 Food Safety and Quality
CHEM 3137 Introduction to Food Science
CHEM 3141 Biochemistry I
CHEM 3142 Biochemistry II
CHEM 3311 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 3312 Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3335 Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 3345 Biochemistry I Lab
CHEM 3346 Biochemistry II Lab
CHEM 4115 Foundations of Physical Chemistry
CHEM 4175 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 4185 Food Chemistry
CHEM 4315 Foundations of Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 4375 Instrumental Analysis Lab
CHEM 4385 Food Chemistry Lab
BIOL 5265 Food Microbiology
HESC 2125 Applied Nutrition

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 14 
Students must have a C or better in the courses used to satisfy the major.
MATH 1131 (one hour from Area D)
MATH 1132 (one hour from Area F)

Select 12 semester hours from the following (at least 6 hours must be chemistry courses):

CHEM 1715 Introductory Chemistry Seminar
CHEM 3555 Selected Topics in Chemistry
CHEM 3698 Internship (may be taken for a maximum of 4 hours of credit towards satisfying major)
CHEM 4165 Flavor Chemistry & Technology
CHEM 4112 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 4312 Physical Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 4899 Supervised Undergraduate Research (Chair approval required, may be taken for a maximum of 4 hours of credit towards satisfying major)
CHEM 5105 Polymer Chemistry
CHEM 5110 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 5115 Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds
CHEM 5116 Catalysis
CHEM 5555 Selected Topics in Chemistry (may be repeated for credit with different course topic)

Additional courses in astronomy, biology, computer science, geology, mathematics, or engineering may be selected as approved by advisor and department chair.

Total Hours Required: 123

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