Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Food Science

The Ph.D. concentration “Food Science” aims to give students an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge related to Food Quality and Safety, Food Chemistry and Analysis, Food Processing and Engineering as well as Innovative and Functional Foods. The concentration is designed to reinforce and enhance the student’s knowledge of scientific principles and processes used to produce safe and high quality foods. In Addition the concentration provides a science-based professional education that encompasses theory, practical research, and application of science and technology to conventional and novel foods. Furthermore, this program is designed to produce expert food science postgraduate with the knowledge and skills to develop and further excel in the professional world.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 54 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (7.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC702Ethics of Scientific Research II1.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000
COFA650Graduate Seminar1.000
COFA670Global Food Supply Chain Management2.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FDSC750Advanced Food Chemistry 23.000
FDSC760Advanced Food Processing 23.000
FDSC790Conceptual & Multidisciplinary Food Science Studies3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Student must take at least one 800 course level from the following) (8.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COFA660Advanced scientific writing2.000
FDSC615Advanced Shelf Life of Stored Foods3.000
FDSC631Enzymes Technology and Fermentation3.000
FDSC710Advanced Food Physics2.000
FDSC740Rapid Methods in Food Microbiology2.000
FDSC805Advanced Food Analysis II3.000
FDSC820Advanced Food Microbiology 23.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FDSC800Comprehensive Exam0.000
FDSC810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FDSC900Dissertation Research  130.000
FDSC910Dissertation Defense0.000
1 : Min CH:0 and Max CH:9