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Food Science students talk about their experiences

A day in the life

Food Science students talk about their experiences

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Courses are directly related to the food industry - it’s not just abstract equations and theories you won’t ever use again. One of my favourite courses is called Food Commodities and involves field trips to actual food production facilities around N.S.

Anna Jean Reid's experience


"Food Science at Dalhousie is a unique experience. The small class sizes enable a relaxed environment in which everyone knows each other. The labs help solidify key concepts and are really neat. In Food Microbiology, we examine products from local grocery stores to determine their microbial load. I also enjoy learning about food additives and their purpose, so when I grocery shop I have a better idea of what I’m eating and where that food is coming from.

"A minor in Food Science provides so many opportunities. I have been lucky to be able to work in the food chemistry lab (studying brewing science) for two summers. This has given me more confidence in laboratory skills as well as having the opportunity to see research projects unfold first-hand. Brewing science encompasses many sciences (chemistry, microbiology and physics) not to mention you get to learn how to make beer."

Jordan Smith's experience
   

"Everyone eats food. Students in the Food Science Program at Dalhousie are trained for employment in food production and processing facilities where they can work to developing new products and assuring quality standards."

"The class sizes are small so the professors actually know your name and genuinely care how you're doing in your studies. These specialized courses are directly related to the food industry, so it’s not just abstract equations and theories that you won’t ever use again. One of my favourite courses is called Food Commodities and involves field trips to actual food production facilities around Nova Scotia."

"There are jobs available in the food industry – you don’t even have to go to Alberta to get a job! There are numerous positions around the Maritimes and basically anywhere food is produced."

Emily Willoughby's experience


"What I love about the Food Science program is the diversity of jobs it can lead to when I'm finished. I don't have to just work in a lab – I can create new foods, test foods, do inspections of foods plants or help with production problems."

"My love for food science grew when I transfered from my first university to a college program in Food Technology. Wanting to further my knowledge, I applied to Dal's Food Science program and I've loved it. One of the advantages to Dal's Food Science program is the small classes. We get more hands-on experience and get to know our professors well. We can go to talk to them about anything we're not just a number, but they know us and are great to approach for help."

"I love the variety of things we get to experience, from field trips to various food industries to see the possibilities for work, to taste test panels, to getting to use small scale models of processing machines in our pilot plant. This year we had a chili cook-off and canned, processed, then ate some of our chili and ones from the previous year. We learn so much about food and food safety that it makes me more aware of the food I am eating, including what goes into it, how it’s made and the safety concerns."