Food and Environmental Nutrition: Meeting the Needs of the Food Industry

The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is pleased to offer this unique program that combines food, nutrition, and business! The Bachelor of Science degree program in Food and Environmental Nutrition (FEN) is designed to meet the needs of the food industry. FEN graduates are qualified to work in a diverse range of career opportunities in the food industry immediately after graduation.

FEN prepares and equips students for the food industry’s fast pace and cross-functioning team approach. With a strong food, science, and nutrition-based curriculum combined with business and management courses, graduates can address and contribute in achieving innovative solutions to the continuously evolving challenges of the food industry.

Current graduates are working in many different areas, such as:

  • Quality control/ assurance
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Sensory analysis
  • Labeling
  • Product development
  • Recipe analysis and formulation

The rigorous academic program includes the study of:

  • Food science
  • Microbiology
  • Buyer behavior
  • Cultural dimensions of food
  • General, organic, and biochemistry
  • Food safety standards and regulation
  • Management principles
  • Communication and presentation to diverse audiences
  • The food industry, history, and current trends

Internships are available to enhance the student experience at The University of Akron. Current partnerships exist with local food industry to provide the experience needed to help students thrive in their career. Every aspect of FEN – its mission, courses, core competencies, and internships – was developed in partnership with experts in the food industry. National food companies, local food producers, and professional food industry organizations continue to provide support and input.

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Additional Program Information

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Interested in learning more?


Contact: Pei-Yang Liu, Ph.D., RD, LD

Phone: 330-972-8842


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