Offered by: College of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Science Department
The curriculum matrix for the degree program may be found here. The curriculum matrix is the alignment of courses (curriculum) with the desired goals and student learning outcomes of the program. It shows what is taught and how these outcomes are achieved through the completion of the degree program.
The General Subplan/Option is created to provide students with a more flexible pathway for graduation, while still completing the core requirements of a Food Science and Technology major program. In this option students have more flexibility in choosing elective courses that could meet the requirements of a pre-professional degree or several minors such as plant-based foods and nutrition, business, nutrition and some other minors.
Major Required: 86 units
Major Required courses include food chemistry, food analysis, food microbiology, unit operations in food processing, food engineering, and food laws and regulations.
- AG 1110 - Agriculture: The Foundation of Civilizations (3) (C2)
- AG 4010 - Ethical Issues in Food, Agricultural and Apparel Industries (3) (C3 or D4)
- BIO 1150 - Basic Biology (3) (B2) and
- BIO 1150L - Basic Biology Laboratory (1) (B3)
- BIO 1220 - Foundations of Biology: Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity (3) and
- BIO 1220L - Foundations of Biology: Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity Laboratory (1)
- BIO 2060 - Basic Microbiology (3)
- BIO 2060L - Basic Microbiology Laboratory (1)
- BIO 3640 - Food Microbiology (2) or
- FST 3640 - Food Microbiology (2)
- BIO 3640L - Food Microbiology Laboratory (1)
- CHM 1210 - General Chemistry I (3) (B1)
- CHM 1210L - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1) (B3)
- CHM 1220 - General Chemistry II (3) (B1)
- CHM 1220L - General Chemistry Laboratory II (1) (B3)
- CHM 2010 - Elements of Organic Chemistry (3) and
- CHM 2010L - Elements of Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
- CHM 3150 - Organic Chemistry II (3) and
- CHM 3150L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
- ENG 1103 - First Year Composition (3) (A2)
- ENG 2105 - Written Reasoning (3) (A3)
- FST 1000 - Orientation and Careers in Food Science and Technology (1)
- FST 1250 - Introduction to Food Science and Technology (3)
- FST 2250 - Design and Analysis for Food Science (1)
- FST 2250A - Design and Analysis for Food Science Activity (1)
- FST 3180 - Sensory Evaluation of Foods (2)
- FST 3180L - Sensory Evaluation of Foods Laboratory (1)
- FST 3220 - Food Laws and Regulations (3)
- FST 3250 - Food Safety and Current Issues (3) (B5)
- FST 3321 - Food Process Engineering (3)
- FST 3321L - Food Process Engineering Laboratory (1)
- FST 3900 - Food Science Colloquium (1)
- FST 4170 - Unit Operations in Food Processing I (2)
- FST 4261 - Food Chemistry (3)
- FST 4261L - Food Chemistry Laboratory (1)
- FST 4271L - Unit Operations in Food Processing Laboratory (1)
- FST 4280 - Food Analysis (3)
- FST 4280L - Food Analysis Laboratory (1)
- FST 4300 - Principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point and Other Food Safety Management Systems (2)
- FST 4300A - Principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point & Other Food Safety Management Systems Activity (1)
- FST 4410 - Internship in Food Science and Technology (1-4) (1 unit required)
- MAT 1200 - Calculus for Life Sciences (3) (B4)
- NTR 2350 - Nutrition (3) or
- NTR 3050 - Nutrition, Science and Health (3) (B5)
- NTR 3280 - Food and Culture (3) (D4)
- PHY 1210 - Physics of Motion, Fluids, and Heat (3) (B1)
- PHY 1210L - Physics of Motion, Fluids, and Heat Laboratory (1) (B3)
- STA 1200 - Statistics with Applications (3) (B4) or
- STA 1300 - Biostatistics (3) (B4)
Any General Education A2: Writing Communication credit is an acceptable substitution for ENG 1103 .
Any General Education A3: Critical Thinking credit is an acceptable substitution for ENG 2105 .
Subplan/Option Electives: 13 units
Any combination of courses listed below will satisfy the required 13 units. Emphases are listed to provide guidance for helping students to choose courses of interest that best fit your career goals, but there is no requirement for choosing a specific emphasis for fulfilling these units.
Plant-Based Food and Nutrition Emphasis
Emphasis may lead to a minor in Plant Based Food and Nutrition (20 units) if counting in other FST major required courses fulfilling 3 out of 11 minor-required units and 6 out of 9 minor-elective units.
Environmental Health Specialist Emphasis
Emphasis may lead to a minor in Environmental Health Specialist (35 units) if counting in other FST major required courses fulfilling 16 out of 25 minor-required units and all 10 minor-elective units.
Emphasis may lead to a minor in Nutrition, if counting in other FST major core courses fulfilling 16 out of 26 minor-required units and all 6 minor-elective units.
Unrestricted Electives: 0-3 units
Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from “Major Required”, “Subplan/Option Electives”, “GE”, and “Unrestricted Electives” is at least 120 units.
General Education Requirements: 48 units
Students should view their Degree Progress Report (DPR) for information regarding their General Education requirements. Unless specific GE courses are required for their major, please refer to the list of approved courses in the General Education Program in the University Catalog, https://catalog.cpp.edu. When viewing the catalog, students should select the catalog year associated with the GE requirements listed in their Degree Progress Report.
Area A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (9 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area
1. Oral Communication
2. Written Communication
3. Critical Thinking
Area B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (12 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area
1. Physical Sciences
2. Life Sciences
3. Laboratory Activity
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
5. Science and Technology Synthesis
Area C. Arts and Humanities (12 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area and 3 additional units from sub-areas 1 and/or 2
1. Visual and Performing Arts
2. Literature, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Civilization
3. Arts and Humanities Synthesis
Area D. Social Sciences (9 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area
1. U.S. History and American Ideals
2. U.S. Constitution and California Government
4. Social Science Synthesis
Area E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (3 units)
Area F. Ethnic Studies (3 units)
For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below.
Interdisciplinary General Education: 18 units
An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, and D available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program. Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major. Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.
How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:
American Institutions: 6 units
Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Areas D1 and D2.
Graduation Writing Test
The Graduation Writing Test (GWT) is suspended until Fall 2025. Students entering Cal Poly Pomona before Fall 2025 are not required to take the Graduation Writing Test.
Summer Sponsored Experience: 0 unit