Course Title: FOOD SCIENCE
Responsibilities of the job include: evaluating the nutritional value, colour, flavour and texture of food. testing food samples for particular types of molds, yeast and bacteria that may be harmful. ensuring that food manufacturing processes conform with Food scientists study the microbiological, physical and chemical properties of food and ingredients to make sure they are safe for consumers. Responsibilities of the job include:
evaluating the nutritional value, colour, flavour and texture of food
testing food samples for particular types of moulds, yeast and bacteria that may be harmful
ensuring that food manufacturing processes conform with government, processing, consumer and industry standards
exploring alternative manufacturing methods
producing new food products
working closely with other food production staff including microbiologists, engineers, packaging specialists and buyers
establishing low-cost wholesale food production methods
investigating and setting standards for safety and quality.
Employers of food scientists include food manufacturing and retail companies, universities, government organisations and specialist research associations.
Opportunities are advertised by careers services and recruitment agencies, and in newspapers and specialist publications including Food Manufacture, both online and in print. Early applications are advisable to larger employers. Speculative applications are also recommended, for which directories such as the Ingredients Network may be useful.
Qualifications and training required
To become a food scientist, a good bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject such as food science/technology, food/chemical engineering, biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology or chemistry is normally necessary. Possession of a food-related postgraduate qualification can be beneficial, particularly for candidates without a relevant first degree. Candidates possessing food industry work experience are often at an advantage. Experience can be gained via food production line employment, or by working as a technician. Job shadowing, networking and vacation placements can also be helpful.
It is possible for a school leaver to enter this area by becoming an apprentice food technologist, although there are currently only a few opportunities available. To eventually become a food scientist, you will most likely need to study for a degree unless your apprenticeship involved working towards a degree-level qualification.
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Training is often provided on the job. Membership of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) provides opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD) such as training courses, conferences and workshops. Once you have gained enough experience, you can apply for chartered scientist status (CSci), which can help to demonstrate your professionalism and commitment to your field.
Key skills for food scientists
Knowledge of a range of sciences and their applications to food
Good business, IT, analytical and numerical abilities
Being a confident independent worker
Meticulous attention to detail, particularly with regard to health, safety and hygiene
Good communication skills
Strong teamworking skills.
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Subject Combination for JAMB
Here are the courses to combine when filling this course for JAMB UTME
Course Cut of Point
is the minimum cut off point for FOOD SCIENCE as specified by JAMB.
Also, the required cut-of-points for this course (FOOD SCIENCE) depends on the school you are applying for, basically many schools have a different minimum cut of marks for accepting students in this area, which may be higher or even lower than JAMB recommend. Also, it is important to note that your O'level result (WAEC, NECO, GCE etc) is a primary criteria for screening, continue reading to know the required subjects you must have on your O'Level result
FOOD SCIENCE Requirement UTME
FOOD SCIENCE Requirements Direct Entry
Schools offering FOOD SCIENCE
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F Special Consideration
(i) IMSU accepts OND/NCE/HND in Agriculture, Animal
Health, Food Science, Food Science and Technology
and Certificate of Registered Nurse (NRN) into 200
(ii) ABSU and MAUTY accept OND in Food Science and
(iii) EBSU accepts:
(a) EBSU accept NCE with minimum Merit passes in
(b) HND and ND with minimum of Upper credit in
(iv) MINNA accepts OND lower credit/NCE merit in the
Agricultural components of choice, and a minimum
of merit in the other component; or a HND with a
minimum of lower credit to be admitted into 300
(v) FUTA accepts GCE (Advanced Level) or equivalent in
at least two Science subjects including Biology or
Agricultural Science or a National Diploma in Food
Science and Technology with a minimum of Upper
Credit from a recognized institution.
(vi) UMUDIKE and KUST as in Agriculture
(vii) MAIDUGURI, MAUTY accept ND/HND in Food
Science and Technology.
(viii) UNN accepts for the 4-year (Direct entry) B.Sc.
programme, passes at principal level in the Higher
School Certificate or equivalent in GCE Advanced
Level in any two of the following subjects:
Chemistry, Biology (Botany or Zoology), Agricultural
Science, Physics, Mathematics.
(ix) RSUST requires three (3) A' level passes in Physics,
Chemistry and Mathematics plus UTME
requirements. Accepts ND/UD (Upper) or HND for
admissions into 200 level in relevant disciplines or
Bachelor’s degree in any other Science/ Technology
discipline plus UTME requirements.(x) ILORIN requires candidates with a pass in Biology,
but who have credit in Agric. Science may be
considered. Ordinary pass in Physics is acceptable in
lieu of Credit Pass.
(xi) BELLS accept OND (Upper Credit) in Food Science
and Technology/Science Laboratory Technology
(xiii) MAUTY accepts
(a) A Level passes in two of Chemistry, Physics,
Mathematics / English /Agric. Science
(b) OND/HND in Food Science and Technology may be
considered for 200 & 300 level
(xiv) FUNAAB accepts upper credit in ND and HND in Food
Science and Technology, Agricultural Programmes
from recognised institutions in addition to UTME
(xv) MAKURDI accepts UTME requirements plus
GCE/HSC `A' level passes in Physics and any one of
Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology or Biology
may be admitted to 200 level. Upper/Lower credit
HND holders in relevant disciplines who posses the
new UME requirement may be admitted to 300
level. Upper credit OND holders in relevant
disciplines who possess the UTME requirements
may be admitted to 200 level. Credit or higher Level
NCE holders in relevant disciplines who possess the
UTME requirements may be admitted to200 level.
(xvi) EBSU requires H.SC or GCE 'A' Level in at least two
relevant subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
obtained at one sitting and/or OND or its equivalent.
(xvii) FED-OYEEKITI requires two A’ level passes in an any
of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Biology or ND
in Food Science and Technology, Science laboratory
Technology 9Food Science Option) with minimum of
(xviii) KUST accepts:(a) ND in Microbiology and Biochemistry with a
minimum of Upper Credit.
(b) NCE Double major in related area of study with
aggregates of eight (8) points.
(xix) CALABAR – In addition to the basic Departmental
requirements, candidates must have a minimum of
Upper Credit in ND in Food Science and Technology
or GCE A’ level or its equivalent in at least two of
Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
(i) FUTO and MAIDUGURI accept a pass in English
(ii) MAIDUGURI accepts a pass in Mathematics.
ESUTECH also accepts a pass in Physics.
(iii) UNN requires credits in five (5) subjects at not more
than two sittings in the Senior School Certificate
Examination or its equivalent. The subjects must
include: English Language, Chemistry,
Mathematics, Physics, Biology (Botany or
Zoology) or Agricultural Science and any other
(iv) MAKURDI accepts Physics, Biology or Agric.
(v) IMSU accepts a credit pass in either Mathematics or
(vi) MINNA – Same as in Water Resources, Aquaculture
and fisheries Technology.
(vii) KSU and EBSU require five Credit passes to include
Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology or Agric. Science,
Physics and English Language.
(viii) BELLS, ESUT ECH and FUTO accept a pass in Physics
(ix) ILORIN requires a pass grade in Physics. ILORIN
requires at least a pass in Biology for credit pass in
Agric. Science or Food and Nutrition.
(x) CALABAR, FED-OYEEKITI and ABSU require five ‘O’
level credit passes in English Language,Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Agric. Sci and
(xi) UMUDIKE requires five O level credit passes in not
more two sittings to include English Language,
Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
(xii) FUNNAB and FUTA require five SSCE credit passes in
English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics,
Biology or Agricultural Science. FUNAAB does not
accept Agricultural Science in lieu of Biology.
(xiii) MAKURDI requires Five (5) SSC/WASC/GCE/NECO
`O' level or equivalent Credit passes (at not more
than tow sittings) categorized as follows:-
a) 5 credit passes in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics,
Biology or Agricultural Science and English
(xiv) FED-WUKARI – Same as in Agriculture.
(xv) MAUTY requires credit passes in Chemistry,
Physics/Further Mathematics and any one from
Biology/ Agric. Science/ Food and Nutrition.
(i) ESUTECH and FUTO require Chemistry, Mathematics
and Biology or Physics.
(ii) FUTO does not accept Agric. Science.
(iii) FUTA requires English Language, Chemistry, Physics
and any of Mathematics, Biology or Agricultural
(iv) FED-OYEEKITI and UNN accept Biology in lieu of
(v) EBSU, BELLS accept Chemistry, Biology and Physics
(vi) KSU and UNIZIK require Chemistry, Mathematics/
Physics, Biology/ Agric. Science
(vii) FUNAAB requires Chemistry, Biology and Physics or
(viii) CALABAR requires Chemistry, Physics and
(ix) MAUTY requires Biology/Agric. Sc. and any other
two of Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Economics