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Course Description

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The principles involved in the processing, handling and storage of foods are introduced in this course. The relationship of science and technology to food processing is discussed.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the interrelationships between the major food science disciplines
  • Describe the impact of food consumption and the food industry upon society
  • Describe basic chemical, physical and biological properties of foods
  • Identify and describe common food processing principles
  • Apply mathematical skills to food processing problems

Course Topics

  • Food Science and Food Industry
  • Food Laws and Regulations
  • Chemistry of Foods
  • Microbiology of Foods
  • Food Safety
  • Food Processing
  • Food Engineering and Physics
  • Toxicology and Biotechnology
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Product Development

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): FOOD*2150, FOOD*3090, NUTR*2150


Assessment Item Weight
Hot Topic Discussions and Reflections 30%
Short Answer Assignments (2 X 15%) 30%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Principles of Food Science
January 08, 2024 to April 08, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $795.00 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook

Note: This required course resource is Parker's Introduction to Food Science and Food Systems. There are different purchase options for the required resource.

You may choose to purchase the textbook as a standalone printed product or as an eBook.

You may choose to purchase the MindTap Instant Access Code. This option includes access to both the full eBook and MindTap. MindTap is a learning platform that contains supplementary course materials, such as learning activities and practice quizzes, designed to consolidate your understanding of the textbook content.

Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) 1. Introduction to Food Science and Food Systems by Rick Parker, Miriah Pace © 2017 Cengage Learning 2nd edition ISBN Print: 9781435489394 1-Year eBook: 9780357698785
  • Publishers Access Code (Confirmed) (Optional) MindTap Instant Access Code for Introduction to Food Science and Food Systems (12 months/Two Term Access) ISBN 9781305410893
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) 2. The Psychopharmacology of Legal Psychoactive Foods: Custom by Dr. Massimo Marcone © 2016 TopHat 2nd edition ISBN Print: 9781774943465 eBook: 9780986615108
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