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BS in Food Technology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Food Technology (BSFT) is a four-year degree program that focuses on the scientific preparation, processing, and distribution of food. It also deals with the improvement of food product flavor, appearance, storage qualities, and the control of quality changes during processing, marketing, and distribution. The program provides students with knowledge in the foundation of food technology associated with raw food materials, production management, and food science. 


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in BS in Food Technology are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. The strand provides the basics of applied mathematics and sciences that will be useful in their college life.


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Food Processing
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Analysis
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Packaging and Labeling
  • Food Laws
  • Food Engineering
  • Food Quality Assurance
  • Food Safety
  • Environmental Management for Food Industries
  • Basic Business Management
  • Post-harvest Handling Technology

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Food Technology are expected to be able to:

  • Observe food laws and regulations when distributing in the local and international market
  • Properly conduct food analysis
  • Implement quality management in laboratories and food safety
  • Oversee operations in food processing

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in a food industry company or institution


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

To become a Registered Food Technologist in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Nutrition and Dietetics needs to pass the Nutritionist–Dietitian Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Food Technology under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Food Technology may pursue a career path in the food industry. They may apply as a food technician, research technician, food inspector, safety food controller, food operations officer, or a food researcher.

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Reviews of BS in Food Technology graduates:

L. C.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At Bicol University - Main Campus
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: I chose Food Technology then because of the fact that I love food and I love to cook. However, Bicol University do not offer Culinary or HRM courses, I opted to Food Technology having the perception that this course also caters cooking, etc.

list bulletAbout my college education: I think during my college years, I find it difficult when you have to deal with so much of the chemistry subjects and most of all Food Engineering subject, and all these were dealt by the students more on theoretical without actual application. But then, I sustained to be in this course because of some light moments (like) where you have to analyze micro biologically all the street foods you usually eat, and find out that these are scrap (eeww). Also there are subjects (some of these are electives) that deal with (sort of) cooking like product development, confectionery, food processing, etc. As I was advancing the academic years, I get to enjoy this course because of it's technicality in the food industry.
For a student to succeed in this course, I think they must have the perseverance, passion to read and research. And more importantly, analytical in all aspects.

list bulletMy current job: Currently, I am a Technical Training Officer in one of the leading bakeshop company in the country. I started as Quality Inspector in a canning factory and then became a Quality Assurance Officer in a Bread Plant.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. Very much. I consider myself as employed practicing my profession.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, I spent my summer vacation where I enjoyed after-school activities first before applying for a job. My first application, I was immediately considered and took the post as Quality Inspector. It took me only 2 days to find this job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: There are so much employment opportunities for this course knowing that food is one of the most gigantic industry in the human history. When it comes to salary level, one just have to choose a reputable company to have a good offer.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: When you choose Food Technology, you must know that this course is not all about cooking. Its about the behavior of food, it's characteristics and it's importance for human. This course deals with all the technicalities of food. And when you choose to study this course, I think school reputation must be exceptionally considered because this course requires a lot of laboratory and hands-on practices.
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