Special Study Courses

Special Study Courses

Through Special Study Courses, you have the opportunity for a more personalized experience as a student, and develop relationships with faculty or food companies.


With an internship (also known as experiential education or co-op), you can apply your classroom studies to the real world. Internships can also help you find the right career fit, as well as provide beneficial experience for future resumes and job applications. Many food companies offer paid summer employment to students in the Food Science major.

Students in the Department of Food Science and Technology can apply internship units after completion of 84 units. This is numbered as FST 192. Obtain an application form and file the completed form at the Advising Center, 1204 RMI South.

The campus Internship and Career Center assists students in finding suitable internships, as well as full-time career positions. Many food companies seek interns and graduates through their offices.

The Department of Food Science & Technology also compiles Internship opportunities on the FST Jobs Board.

Washington Program

The UC Davis Washington Program offers undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to combine course work, exciting field research and unparalleled internship experience during a quarter's residence in our nation's capital. Students gain valuable on-the-job experience with professionals and experts in fields that interest them. Food Science students can discover major-specific internship opportunities here.

Special Study

Special study courses (numbered FST 99 for freshmen or sophomores, and FST 199 for juniors and senior) are designed for students who find that they share a common research interest with a specific instructor that cannot be accommodated within the traditional structure of the course normally offered by the University. Students may be able to do research of their own design under the supervision of a faculty member or, more often, a student participates in the ongoing research of a faculty member. Students interested in participation in research should contact the appropriate faculty member directly first.

NOTE: Students cannot enroll in more than 5 units of Special study course per quarter, and no more than 20 units of 99, 192, or 199 courses can be used toward the 180 units required for graduation.

Directed Group Study

Directed Group Study course (numbered FST 198) are designed for two or more students in a small-group setting. These are generally taught in a manner similar to a regularly scheduled class. Frequently, faculty members who are creating a new course will first offer the class as a directed group study course to a small group of students.