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Department of Food Science and Technology


About Us

Welcome to the Department of Food Science and Technology at Ohio State!

Hello, and welcome to the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) at The Ohio State University (OSU). At OSU, we put students first and in FST, we are recognized for our long-standing tradition of focusing on the entire student experience. We combine world-class faculty and staff with state-of-the-art facilities to give our students the best education possible.

Our undergraduate students gain hands-on experience in our pilot plants and state-of-the-art laboratories during classes, and they have the opportunity to further that experience through our FoodS.U.R.E. undergraduate research program.  All of our students build industry relationships prior to graduation through internships and our student-industry mentor program. We support numerous student clubs, including the Food Science Club, Citation Needed, KNOW Food Waste Club, and Phi Tau Sigma. We also award scholarships for students who apply and meet the minimum requirements. 

Our unique offerings make us one of the largest food science programs in the country. Currently, we have 120 undergraduate and 80 graduate students in our program.  We offer three majors: Food Science and Technology, Food Business Management, and Culinary Science. Our graduates go on to promising careers in the food industry and many choose to pursue advanced degrees.

FST offers a wide variety of specialized, cutting-edge research programs for our graduate students, in areas such as food and health, sensory science, emerging food processing and packaging technologies, rapid detection, and food safety and quality.

Throughout the state, FST is dedicated to meeting the needs of our food and agricultural stakeholders in Ohio. We offer a variety of programs for the local food industry. With services ranging from helping an entrepreneur scale-up a recipe for larger production to providing an established company with valuable training or consumer testing, we are committed to bettering the food industry every day.

There are a lot of great things going on in FST and we’re glad you have an interest in our program. If I can answer any questions that you have or can be of help, please feel free to contact me.

Sheryl Barringer


Sheryl Barringer, Ph.D
Department Chair and Professor