Penn State food science program reaffirmed as one of world's best

January 07, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State's Department of Food Science recently received re-approval of its undergraduate program from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). The recognition verifies that the university has one of the premier food science programs in the country.

The application for the IFT certification outlined the Food Science Department's ongoing efforts to continuously improve its curriculum and student learning, according to John Floros, professor and head of the department.

"After a lengthy and time-consuming process, IFT's higher education review board reviewed our application and announced that it had approved our program for the next five years," he said.

"IFT approval signifies that our program provides students with the core competencies that meet the needs of our profession in industry, government and academia, and that our students are well-equipped with the scientific, technical, problem-solving and communication skills, as well as other interpersonal and leadership qualities required to excel after their graduation from Penn State."

Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit scientific society with 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology and related professions in industry, academia and government. With offices in Chicago, Ill., and Washington, D.C., it champions the use of science across the food value chain through knowledge sharing, education and advocacy, encouraging the exchange of information, providing both formal and informal educational opportunities, and furthering the advancement of the profession.


  • Penn State student Emily Caldwell works in Penn State's famous Berkey Creamery.

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