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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:

M. E.
◈ Studied Food Technology
◈ At University of the Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 1989

list bulletAbout my college education: My education was interesting, daunting, challenging, and fun. No matter how interested I was, there was always the distraction of "things other than education" such as extra-curricular activities, political awareness issues, as well as social pressure to conform. At UP, conforming was always a must: to be critical of everything from government to tuition fee rates was the norm.

To succeed as a student, one needs to know what is important and how to prioratize education above all things. Reading everything that professors assign for reading is the number onee thing. Education is all about absoring what your professors want you to absorb, and a little more. Learning what your prof wants you to learn is the key to getting on the right side with your prof, and getting high grades is a lot easier if only one learns to stay right with the profs. There are profs who want you to be analytical, some technical, and most of them a mix of both. Know your prof's methods and you will always be a good student.

list bulletMy current job: I am a businessman and an entrepreneur. After graduation I opted to start my own business from scratch because I believe creating jobs is far more important than looking for one.
I am a single father with 6 kids and I am into digital photography and t-shirt printing, courses that have no connection with my college course. But I cook for my kids...

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: For my business, apart from day-to-day life, I use tehchnical and people skills I learned in university. I use bits of accounting to understand my finances, cost management to run my business, psychology to understand my clientele, lots of mathematics, physics for a few things, and a pinch of history to tell my kids stories when they are free to listen. I cannot point a finger at what exactly I am using, because in daily life, bits and pieces of my whole education come in handy when faced with everything from spilled chemicals, to handling money, and putting food on the table for my family. And I remember each prof who taught me the skill that came in handy.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Food Technology: Food Technology is always a good course - for as long as there are people, there will always be a need for technology that specializes in the handling and preparation of the raw materials that go into our food. It is a fulfilling and interesting career, geared for the biologically, bio-mechanically, and gastronomically inclined. Placement in an international food company is usually the pinnacle of the career, where salary is at its best, upwards of P95,000 a month. But of course starting a business in the food industry is still the absolute dream - to become one's own boss and dictate one's own salary.
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