Coursework Prep

Graduate coursework in Food Science at UC Davis requires a background in mathematics and in biological and physical sciences as shown in the prerequisite worksheet. Students with general science deficiencies should complete these courses prior to admission into the program in order to be competitive for admission. The Food Science Graduate Group recruits and admits students from a number of scientific disciplines, and applicants lacking Food Science prerequisites can complete these during their first year of the graduate program.

Science Background Worksheet: Word format or PDF format

General Science preparatory courses for all students:

General Chemistry lectures and laboratory, including quantitative analysis (CHE 2A+2B+2C)
Organic chemistry lectures with laboratory (CHE 118A+118B+118C preferred, or CHE 8A+8B)
General Biochemistry lectures (BIS 102+103) and laboratory (MCB 120L or FST 123+123L)
Calculus and Analytical Geometry (MAT 16A+16B+16C)
Statistics including Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (FST 117 or STA 100)
Physics lectures and laboratory (PHY 7A+7B+7C)
Introductory Biology (BIS 1A)
Microbiology: introductory microbiology (BIS 1A or MIC 102)

A foreign language is not required

In addition, students need the following Food Science preparatory courses, which can count toward the graduate degree:

Physical Chemistry (CHE 107A+107B)
Food Process Engineering: physical principles in food processing (FST 110A)
Food Microbiology: food microbiology lecture and laboratory (FST 104+104L)