Food Science is the study of the nature of foods, the causes of their deterioration and the principles underlying methods of processing. The FOOD SCIENTIST is an important link in the chain
of events which results in the widespread availability of the great
variety of nutritious, safe and reasonably priced food that most of
us take for granted.
Food Technology is more concerned with the understanding and application
of science to food to satisfy the needs of society for sustainable food
quality, safety and security. The modern FOOD TECHNOLOGIST is primarily
concerned with problems related to the manufacture, packaging and distribution of food which is safe,
nutritious and attractive but employing techniques that are efficient
and cost effective.
The subject of FST therefore includes the study
of basic sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology,
mathematics and engineering and how these are applied to food systems.
The subject also examines the relationships of food to man in terms
of nutrition and health and safety, food acceptability and consumer
Courses in Food Science and Technology prepare students for careers in
basic and applied science research, but also specifically for careers
related to food and allied industries. Graduates in Food Science and Technology
obtain positions in quality control and quality assurance, production management, R&D technical
sales, food inspection services, and product development.
Opportunities for graduates in the subject area are very good. The food
industry in Singapore has seen, and continues to see, tremendous growth
and this is accompanied by a demand for well qualified Food Scientists
If you like to get involved in a range of science subjects and apply
your knowledge to a practical and useful subject area, then Food Science
and Technology is the subject for you.
The Food Science and Technology (FST) Programme in the National University of Singapore was established in 1999. Equipped with modern labs and facilities and with due support from various departments of the University, the FST programme is one of the most popular courses in NUS.