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Introduction to Food Science Course

Food Science Short Course

Course Code: LF0201CA21

Get the Best of a 4-Year Food Science Education in Only 5 Days!

Course Dates & Times

CANCELED August 17-21, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm on Monday-Thursday (Check in time on Day 1: 8:30am)
9:00am - 12:00pm on Friday, followed by optional tour

Next offering TBD

Course Overview

Rutgers University invites you to transform, broaden, and update your food science skills with this highly focused, practical training!

Advance your career by attending our food science short course. In minimum time, you will:

  • Build your value by expanding your range and depth of skills with a quick infusion of targeted food science education.

  • Learn from the best instructors from both the food industry and Rutgers University, covering key points in food chemistry, lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, color, sensory, nutrition, microbiology, and processing.

  • Gain the skills and vocabulary you need to better understand, develop, and promote your food products in a competitive market.

  • Be introduced to the core competencies that all good food scientists must master. (Our course aligns with the Institute of Food Technologists' Core Competencies in Food Science grid.)

  • Earn Certified Food Scientist (CFS) recertification contact hours (CH) and NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Can't wait until class? Watch video previews of select course topics right now!

Food Science Short Course - Emulsions Video with Dr. Rick Ludescher Food Science Short Course - Food Color Video with Sue Ann McAvoy Food Science Short Course - Food Microbiology Video with Dr. Karl Matthews Food Science Short Course - Food Engineering & Food Processing Video with Dr. Mukund Karwe
Oil and Water Do Mix! Why Use Food Color? Controlling Microbial Growth in Food The Fascinating World of Food Engineering
Course Agenda

To meet your specific needs and goals, this course may be taken as a series of individual one-day sessions or as a complete five-day program. Although most participants attend all five days, we will work with you to customize the course to cater to your individual educational objectives.

To read more about what will be covered in class each day, please click on the headings below.

Day 1: Introduction to Chemical Principles and Lipids (Monday, August 17, 2020)

Explore the structures, properties, and functions of food molecules, including polarity, acidity, reactivity (hydrolysis, oxidation, browning), and alkalinity. Learn about the chemical compositions of oils and fats and their roles in food product development and manufacturing. Further discuss the refining of fats and oils, and evaluate the reactions and degradation of lipids.

Day 2: Carbohydrates and Proteins (Tuesday, August 18, 2020)

Analyze the characteristics that proteins bring to foods and raw materials needed for flavor reactions and nutrients. Learn about theories and applications of carbohydrates in food production. Explore structures, nomenclature, chemical reactions, and functions.

Day 3: Color Theory/Color Applied and Food Microbiology Theory/Food Microbiology Applied (Wednesday, August 19, 2020)

Learn the scientific basis for the determination of coloration in food and review different types of natural and artificial food coloring. Examine the microbes that play critical roles in the food industry, including those involved in fermentation, spoilage, and food borne illnesses. Survey factors that influence microbial growth and learn how to implement good manufacturing processes, HACCP, and microbial sampling plans.

Day 4: Nutrition Theory/Nutrition Applied and Food Engineering/Processing (Thursday, August 20, 2020)

Explore the principles of human nutrition, including essential macro nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Learn how nutrition plays an integral role in food science, including information on the field of nutraceuticals. Learn the various operations and systems used to manufacture and process food, and food ingredients, to achieve desired quality and safety. Examples of current and technologies will be described.

Day 5: Flavor/Sensory and Optional Tour (Friday, August 21, 2020)

Through discussion of important flavor molecules and flavor perception (taste and aroma), develop techniques for flavor profiling and description.

Optional Tour (Pre-Registration Required):
Following Friday's half-day lecture, attendees are invited to participate in an optional tour of the facilities and labs that make up Rutgers University's Department of Food Science. See cutting-edge technology and real-world applications of the concepts presented throughout the entire program. This tour also includes the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health (IFNH), the organizational hub for interdisciplinary research at Rutgers University. The IFNH embraces a culture of interdisciplinarity that seeks solutions to health problems in the social, as well as the biological, determinants of health.

Simon Burns, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"This is a superior suite of courses taught by true subject matter (and industry) experts; I am completing this week with a greater understanding of many core food science principles. An emerging issue for many companies is the sourcing of natural color alternatives; understanding the different properties of color will be a great help to finding solutions in this area."

- Simon Burns, 2015 attendee
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst, Wawa

Holly Bartido, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"The instructors were engaging and explained concepts in a way that everyone could follow, with an emphasis on practical applications that I could take back to work. I will definitely use what I learned about processing, food stability and shelf life when formulating new products."

- Holly Bartido, 2012 attendee
Chemist, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Richaed Siegel, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"Excellent overview of food science with coverage of all essential topics. I had hoped to get a broad understanding of food science to help me in my legal work advising companies regulated by the USDA National Organic Program. This course met and exceeded my expectations."

- Richard D. Siegel, Esq., 2012 attendee
Attorney at Law, Washington, DC

James Siacunco, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"Great overview of topics. Gives technical background without going too deep."

- James Siacunco
Product Development, Clorox

Amanda Zadroga-Cantada, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"Although the sensory and flavor portions were most relevant to me, I found everything useful. I definitely feel much more well-rounded in basic food science now thanks to this class and the knowledge and passion of the instructors."

- Amanda Zadroga-Cantada, 2012 attendee
Applications Assistant, International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., Dayton, NJ

Domonique Chennel Ellis, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"The instructors have an excellent feel for what's relevant in the industry and kept the participants engaged. The lipids and protein presentations, in particular, were phenomenal - delivered to perfection. I learned a lot as it pertains to my current research. Great job!"

- Domonique Chennel Ellis, 2012 attendee
Research Scientist / EHS Coordinator, Innophos, Inc., Cranbury, NJ

Amanda Seelhorst, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"The broad overview offered in the Introduction to Food Science class is beneficial to anyone with a career in a food-related field. The instructors were engaging, informative and interactive. The overall content was good but I found the flavor, color and sensory presentations -- especially learning about coloring regulations and sensory testing methods -- to be most useful."

- Amanda Seelhorst, 2009 attendee
Account Manager in Fragrance, Firmenich, Plainsboro, NJ

Ravinder Kingra, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"It is a great course. The applied information helped me understand the concepts."

- Ravinder Kingra, 2013 attendee
Lecturer, Food & Beverage Management Operations, Cornell University

Photo credit: Cornell University Photography

Emily Lopez, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"I will use everything from this class in my job. In fact, after taking a few food short courses at Rutgers, if I were to do it all again, I would have gone to school here."

- Emily Lopez, 2012 attendee
Quality Professional, Barilla America, Inc., Bannockburn, IL

James Wilson, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"I took this class to narrow the knowledge gap between the food scientists and myself and it helped. I learned a lot about flavor, sensory, lipids and carbohydrates, but I probably got the most out of the microbiology portion. It will help me to re-evaluate the sanitation processes in our pilot plant."

- James Wilson, 2012 attendee
R&D Technician, Alouette Cheese USA, New Holland, PA

Angela Niepielko, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"As a marketer, I often take for granted why our scientists do what they do. This course has given me a better understanding and appreciation of the science behind food. Each session was to the point, and the applicability of everything came together nicely, from chemistry to biology, nutrition to manufacturing. I'm more comfortable with food science now!"

- Angela Niepielko, 2015 attendee
Marketing Specialist, IFF

Gerardo Paz, Introduction to Food Science Attendee"The most useful topic for me was mechanism of preservations, or at the very least how they work. It gives me a more fundamental understanding regarding what preservative to use and when/why."

- Gerardo Paz, 2015 attendee
Beverage Applications Technician, Symrise Flavors

Read More Course Reviews from Introduction to Food Science Attendees

Food Science Technician (2015 attendee):
"I learned so much this week that I feel 4 years of college would have been a waste of money. Food Science has so many segues that it's impressive to see how it's not only the science of food -- it's so much more. The program is designed to provide the essential material that you may need in your work."

Flavor and Applications Senior Lab Assistant (2015 attendee):
"This is a very interesting and useful program for anybody in the food industry. It covers a lot of areas for the food processing! I will definitely recommend this program for my colleagues and friends."

Fernando Sosa, Food Engineer (2008 attendee) took our course to jump-start his career:
“I really liked the overview and the course helped me understand the industry in a much more in-depth form. I still use some of the material I learned during the course today. [For example], the bacteria information for hygiene purposes and the aroma part was memorable, to say the least.”

Victor Dell’Aquila, R&D Chef (2008 attendee) was impressed by all he learned in one class:
“Introduction to Food Science was well worth the time and effort—especially for people with limited time and a lot of responsibilities. The amount of knowledge gained in such a short time was amazing…. I have called upon the information learned in class countless times-- as well as understanding more fully what I read in the trade magazines and formal papers.”

Valerie Frances, MPH Nutrition, Standards Division, USDA-AMS-National Organic Program (2010 attendee):
"I really loved the class and wanted more....Thanks so much for a well put together class! I now have to put together a training for my whole program here summarizing the salient points of the course which is a challenge I am looking forward to."

Amanda Hewitt, Product Development Manager, Nelson Farms (2010 attendee):
"I had a WONDERFUL time at the series of classes.  The professors were all knowledgeable AND personable AND good speakers.  It is usually hard to get all three from my experience."

Kim Smith, TDC Process Engineer- Process R&D, Campbell Soup Company (2010 attendee):
"The course was very beneficial to me since I work daily with Product Developers on new / existing products. It has provided the tools I need to understand the science behind our products."

Additional Course Details

Looking for some additional information before making the decision to attend our food science course? Click the headings below to learn more about this unique learning opportunity!

Learning Objectives

By attending this course you will:

  1. Gain an appreciation of the scope and breadth of the field of Food Science.
  2. Improve understanding of fundamental chemistry of foods and the major molecular components of foods including proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids.
  3. Improve understanding of the science of food color, food flavor, nutrition, sensory evaluation, and food microbiology.
  4. Gain insight into the application of all these areas of food science to improve food safety and quality.
Meet Your Instructors

Dolf DeRovira
President and Chief Operating Officer, Flavor Dynamics, Inc.

Zachary Henderson
Chemist II, Sensient Colors LLC

Morgan Kandrac, MS
PhD student in Food Science
Graduate Coordinator for Leadership Programs, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership

Mukund Karwe, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Dean of International Programs, Rutgers University
Winner of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Engineering and Food (Read press release.)

Alan King, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Food Science, Rutgers University

Richard Ludescher, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Dean of Academic Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

Karl Matthews, PhD
Professor, Department Chair, Dept. of Food Science, Rutgers University

Bryn L. Sachdeo, PhD
Instructor, Program in Nutrition, Teachers College, Columbia University

Who Should Attend?

Past participants have included:

  • Food Technologists
  • Research and Development Engineers and Technicians
  • Flavor Technicians
  • Technical Sales Managers and Purchasing Agents
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control Personnel
  • Regulatory Advisors
  • Product Development Technicians and Managers
  • Labeling Coordinators
  • Process Control Technicians
Continuing Education Credits

The August 17-21, 2020 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 2.5 Rutgers CEUs, this food science training course is approved for the following credits:

This program qualifies for Certified Food Scientist (CFS) recertification contact hours (CH). CFS Certificants may claim a maximum of 25 CH for their participation in this program. For more information, please visit www.ift.org/certification or email ifscc@ift.org.

Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). CEs for Introduction to Food Science are still pending.

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Early Registration Fee (on or before July 31, 2020) Registration Fee (after July 31, 2020)
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Cancellation Fee: $100.00. Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Room 101
61 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map

All visitors must register their vehicles ONLINE to park on campus. Please follow the guidelines below. Failure to comply with these policies may result in a citation.

  • A link will be provided in your course registration confirmation email. Please be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
  • When you park on campus, be sure that your license plate is unobstructed and visible from the driving aisle.
  • All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.

This class is being held on Cook Campus. If you are searching for local accommodations, please visit our Local Hotel Accommodations page.

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Sarah McCarthy, 848-932-7703

Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.