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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


  • 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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K. C.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At University of the Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: 1. I was required to take a science/technology-related course.
2. I enjoyed chemistry but did not want to study BS Chem or Chem Engg. (And I knew that BS Food Tech would have a LOT of chemistry subjects)
3. I have an aunt whom I look up to, who is a food technologist in the US. She inspired me to take a similar career path.
4. I never was particularly fond of cooking, but I enjoy eating (who doesn't), so I figured, why not study it?

list bulletAbout my college education: Food Technology is not about cooking. It's studying food production and (almost) the entire value chain. It's very technical and in UP Diliman aside from the majors, you get 3 math subjects, 2 physics subjects, and 6 chemistry subjects (not to mention all the other general education subject requirements). This was the case during my time, I am not sure how it is now.

And in UP Diliman, a food tech course is 5 years, just like the engineering courses.

It should be noted, however, that if you prefer to have more agriculturally-related career in food technology, it might be better to go to UPLB instead. They have an excellent program too.

list bulletMy current job: PhD student, but I used to work also as a product developer in a food company

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: If you will work in the food industry in R&D or QA, then yes it will be very useful.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 month

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: I don't think it is extremely hard to get a job in the food industry (QA, R&D, or even sales), but depending on the company, career growth might be very slow. If you're the type who wants to climb the corporate ladder (so to speak), food tech will not be the best way to do it.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Don't come into university thinking that Food Tech is going to be a walk in the park. It is challenging, especially if you are not very good in the sciences.

In one's career, you also have to learn as you go along. There are many things that you won't know, have forgotten, or were not taught in college, which you will learn along the way as you do your job.
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