Why do a Food Science Minor at Dal?

If you wonder about chemicals in food, are curious about the chemistry behind cooking and have a passion for science and for food, then Food Science may be for you.

This program gives students enrolled in a BSc Major or Honours program the opportunity to obtain a minor in Food Science to complement their major or honours subjects.

Food Science is the interdisciplinary application of science — chemistry, microbiology, physics and engineering — to the study of food. Because it applies science to finding practical solutions to problems with our food supply, it's been called the perfect marriage of the sciences and engineering.

We design new food products, engineer new processes, and improve the taste, nutrition and safety of food. Doing a minor in Food Science complements any science degree.

Program details

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Program Options

  • The Minor is open to students enrolled in a 20-credit BSc with an Honours or Major in one or two of the Faculty of Science disciplines (4 years)
  • The Minor consists of one compulsory course, FOSC 1000 Concepts in Food Science, plus eight half credit courses from a list of electives approved by the co-ordinator of the Food Science program.


Required high school courses:

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • Class sizes range from 25 students in the introductory course to 10 to 20 students for all other courses.

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

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Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style, traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing