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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Science
Offered bySchool of Science
Course coordinatorProfessor Gary Dykes


Food science involves the biological, physical and chemical aspects of food and its composition, beginning with harvesting, followed by preparation and ending with consumption. Food technology is the application of food science to the processing of biological materials into food products. The food science and technology major sequence of study enables students to develop an understanding of the fate of agricultural raw materials as they are processed and formulated before being presented to the consumer. It also provides students with an understanding of the technology of food including preservation, processing, packaging and distribution to ensure that the food is safe, nutritious, and wholesome.


Upon completion of a major sequence in food science and technology, students will have:

  • a knowledge of the principles, concepts and skills relevant to food science and technology, including types of food materials, regional food culture (eg halal foods), and manufacturing processes
  • an understanding of the industrial applications of food science and technology, techniques used in research as well as industrial and project management
  • skills in qualitative and quantitative laboratory analysis of foods, food processing, quality control, analysis and interpretation of data, and research methods
  • developed, in the context of the discipline, the graduate attributes of effective communication, quantitative literacy, information and communication literacy, inquiry and critical thinking, and ethical, social and international understanding
  • an awareness of occupational health and safety issues related to food science and technology
  • an appreciation of the role of food science and technology in science and society.


Level one

  • FST1800 Fundamentals of food science

Level three

Sequence requirements

Minor sequence in food science and technology

Major sequence in food science and technology

Double major sequence in food science and technology

Requirements for honours in food science and technology

  • 24 points of relevant level-three units chosen from the list of units above

Additional information


Full details regarding the course structure for honours in this area of study are outlined in course 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science.

Relevant Courses

+ 3530 Bachelor of Science (Food Science and Technology)