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MJRU-FODSC

Food Science

Undergraduate major

Find your career in the expanding and diverse fields of food sciences and food securities.

Course outline
  • ATAR
    Minimum ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Food Science Major (BSc Science)
  • Credit
    200
Course outline

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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

Course outline
Food Science

Outline

Outline

Careers in food science are diverse and challenging: one day you could be developing a new food product, and the next you could be solving technical issues on a processing line.

Food scientists develop and improve ways to process raw ingredients – including grains, meats, milk, fruit and vegetables – into safe, tasty and nutritious foods.

The study of food science is multidisciplinary. It involves biology, chemistry, nutrition, microbiology and engineering, as well as the latest research in the handling, processing and packaging of foods – from the farm to the consumer’s plate.

This degree has been created to provide a pathway to a professional career in the industry or to further study in the expanding fields of food sciences and food securities.

What jobs can the Food Science lead to?

Careers

  • Food scientist / technologist
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food product development
  • Quality control technologist

Industries

  • Agricultural research
  • Airline and hospitality
  • Analytical laboratories
  • Education
  • Food manufacturing and supply
  • Food marketing and sales
  • Hospitals and health agencies
  • Research and development
  • Supermarket and grocery
  • Wine and viticulture

What you'll learn

  • have demonstrated knowledge and understanding food science that is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of food science, GC1
  • can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to food science, and have competencies typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving problems within food science, GC2
  • understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in food science using digital technologies, GC3
  • can gather and interpret relevant data within food science to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with food science, and how these impact upon the practice of food science, GC4
  • understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the practice of food science, GC5
  • display a high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member, GC6

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-FODSC
  • Last updated on: 29 September 2023