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3.3.3.3    Food Science and Technology

A safe and adequate food supply is one of man’s basic needs and the food industry today has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry to service this need. The modern food industry increasingly operates within the global market and requires academically well-qualified graduates to be its future researchers and managers. Such professionals will need to understand the science and technology of food, the market needs and be capable of operating within the international food industry. In this increasingly competitive market, graduates will have to be technically competent, to grasp market opportunities and be able to transfer technology creatively and appropriately in different regions of the world. They need to be capable of dealing with change and be responsive to challenges whilst working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural society. The Food Science and Technology (FST) programme at NUS aims to produce highly motivated, numerate and responsible food scientists and technologists who are able to demonstrate effective leadership, excellent data analysis and problem-solving skill to improve food products and processes, and identify and exploit new business opportunities for the food industry of the 21st century. The predecessor of the FST B.Sc. and B.Sc (Hons.) degrees ie. the FST B.Appl.Sc. and B.Appl.Sc.(Hons.) degrees at NUS were accredited by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) in September 2013. The FST B.Sc. and  B.Sc (Hons.) degrees have successfully achieved reaccreditation in August 2016.

Programme Structure and Curriculum Rationale

Food Science is the study of the nature of foods, the causes of their deterioration, and the principles underlying food processing. The food scientist is an important link in the chain of events which ensures the widespread availability of nutritious, safe, and reasonably priced foods to the general population. Scientific principles are also applied to develop technological processes designed to produce sophisticated products. Food Technology is the application of physical, chemical and microbiological sciences to food processing and preservation, and in the development of new improved food products. The food technologist is primarily concerned with problems related to production of safe, nutritious and attractive food, using more efficient and less costly techniques.

By its very nature, the subject of Food Science and Technology is wide ranging and students need to understand not only the chemistry of foods (i.e., how the components of food might react together), but also nutrition, toxicology, food legislation, microbiology and process engineering. Many food products are potentially “high-risk” and unless they are handled and stored correctly, they could be the source of food poisoning and infection in man.

This programme, therefore, involves the study of the relevant sciences, including chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, mathematics and engineering and of the application of these sciences to food systems. The curriculum also includes the study of the relationship of food to man in terms of nutrition, health, safety, food acceptability and consumer protection.

Career Prospects

The course prepares students for food research and careers related to food and related industries. The opportunities for graduates in this programme are good. Graduates in Food Science and Technology (FST) may work in basic and applied research, quality control, production supervision, technical sales, food inspection or product development. This undergraduate programme also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in food science or related fields of physical and biological science. Graduates are well equipped to find employment in food and allied industries, government and non-government organisations, and in education.

Module Level Major Requirements Cumulative Major MCs
1000

(24 MCs)

Pass

CM1501             Organic Chemistry for Engineers

CM1191             Experiments in Chemistry 1

FST1101            Science and Technology of Foods

FST1103            Fundamentals of Food Engineering

LSM1106           Molecular Cell Biology

ST1232              Statistics for Life Sciences

For students without H2/A-level equivalent Biology, pass:

LSM1301           General Biology

24
2000

(20 MCs)

Pass

FST2102B          Chemistry of Food Components

FST2106            Post Harvest Food Processing

FST2107            Food Analysis and Lab

FST2108            Food Safety Assurance

LSM2211           Metabolism and Regulation

44
3000

(20 MCs)

Pass

FST3101            Food Microbiology and Fermentation

FST3103            Advanced Food Engineering

FST3105            Food Product Development and Packaging

FST3106            Sensory and Flavour Science

At least 4 MCs from the following:

FST3201             Independent Study (Food Science & Technology)

FST3202            Nutrition and Disease Prevention

FST3203            Vitamins & Minerals in Health & Diseases

FST3288            Advanced UROPS (Food Sc. & Tech) I

DSC3202            Purchasing & Materials Management or DOS3702 Purchasing & Materials Management

CM3242             Instrumental Analysis II

CM3267             Computational Thinking and Programming in Chemistry

64
4000

(32 MCs)

Pass

FST4199            Honours Project in Food Science & Technology

OR

FST4299            Applied Project in Food Science & Technology

 

FST4102            Advanced Food Processing Technologies

FST4103            Food Colloids and Components Science

At least 8 MCs from following:

FST4201            Current Topics in Food Science and Technology

FST4202            Nutritional Biochemistry

FST4203            Food Forensics

CM4241             Trace Analysis

CM4242             Advanced Analytical Techniques

CM4267             Current Topics in Analytical Techniques

FST5201            Rheology and Textural Properties of Biomaterials

FST5202            Advanced Food Fermentation

FST5203            Advanced Food Microbiology and Safety

FST5204            Evidence Based Functional Foods

FST5301            Evidence-based Functional Foods

FST5303            Modern Human Nutrition

FST5225            Advanced Current Topics in Food Science

FST5226            Advanced Current Topics in Food Science II

FST5227            Advanced Current Topics in Food Science III

CM5241             Modern Analytical Techniques

96

In addition to the above modules, the department also recommends that students read the following modules to fulfil the unrestricted elective requirement :
MKT1003    Principles of Marketing or MKT1705 Principles of Marketing
DSC2006    Operations Management or DAO2703 Operations and Technology Management
DSC3218    Physical Distribution Management or DOS3712 Physical Distribution Management
FST2201     Introduction to Human Nutrition

Summary of Requirements B.Sc. (FST) B.Sc. Hons. (FST)
University Requirements 20 MCs 20 MCs
Faculty Requirements 8 MCs† 8 MCs ††
Major Requirements 64 MCs 96 MCs
Unrestricted Elective Modules 28 MCs††† 36 MCs†††
TOTAL 120 MCs 160 MCs

†    12 MCs of Faculty requirements are partially fulfilled through 4 MCs from ST1232 within the major. The remaining 8 MCs are fulfilled through (i) 4 MCs from FST3181 Professional Placement; and (ii) 4 MCs from any one of the following subject groups: Computing Sciences, Physical Sciences, Multidisciplinary & Interdisciplinary Sciences.
††    16 MCs of Faculty requirements are partially fulfilled through 8 MCs from ST1232 and CM/LSM modules within the major. The remaining 8 MCs are fulfilled through (i) 4 MCs from FST3181 Professional Placement; and (ii) 4 MCs from any one of the following subject groups: Computing Sciences, Physical Sciences, Multidisciplinary & Interdisciplinary
†††    The remaining 8MCs from FST3181 (after fulfilling 4MCs of Faculty Requirements) would fulfil the Unrestricted Electives requirements.