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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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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Principles of Food Science
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 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

You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller.

Section Notes

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