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Food Safety

Bachelor of Science

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The BS in Food Safety program presents students with an opportunity to gain an education with an integrated food safety curriculum designed to provide them with the necessary knowledge and problem-solving skills to thrive in tomorrow’s food safety-related “food industry” workplace. The BS in Food Safety is designed to address the importance of the overall food sector in various food industries (e.g., produce, meat and poultry, eggs, dairy, juices, chocolate, etc.), the Food Safety Modernization Act, foodborne illness outbreaks and their investigation, and increasing public concerns with food safety. The Food Safety program will enable students to earn a bachelor’s degree, in an innovative and effective manner. Students completing this program will have a unique and highly desirable credential, which will likely provide them a competitive edge in the marketplace. Careers can be found in local, state and federal agencies, public health, academia and industry

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
MCB 181R General Biology I Lecture 3
MCB 181RL General Biology I Lab 1
General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
ECOL 182R General Biology II Lecture 3
ECOL 182L General Biology II Lab 1
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Communication Requirement 3
Second Language 4
Organic Chemistry I Lecture 3
Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
Microbiology Lecture 4
Microbiology Lab 1
Organic Chemistry II Lecture 3
Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
BIOC 384 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 3
ACBS 380R Food Safety/Micro 3
ACBS 380L Food Safety/Micro Lab 1
Core Electives 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
ACBS 3XX Food Processing 3
NSC 353 Fund. of Food Science and Safety 3
EPID 479 Infections and Epidemics 3
Core Electives 3
Statistics 3
7th Semester
NSC 351L Food Studies Lab 1
ACBS 437 Food Safety Laws 3
ACBS 377 Food Toxicology 3
General Physics I Lecture 3
General Physics I Lab 1
Core Electives 3
8th Semester
ACBS 420 Meat Animal Comp. 3
MIC 430 Food Microbiology 3
MIC 430L Food Microbiology Lab 2
General Physics II Lecture 3
General Physics II Lab 1
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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