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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. F.
◈ Studied BS in Food Technology
◈ At University of the Philippines Mindanao
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Food Technology: I've had a particular interest in Chemistry since high school, so I decided to take up Chemical Engineering in UP Diliman and passed it. However, due to circumstances and financial reasons, I opted to study in Davao City particularly in UP Mindanao. UP Mindanao has only nine courses to choose from and upon learning that Food Technology has chemistry as it's foundation course, I decided to pursue it.

list bulletAbout my college education: Food Technology is a very interesting course that touches almost all subjects. It uses the information generated from food science in the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, and distribution, as it affects the consumption of safe, wholesome, and nutritious food. With this, I learned that Food Technology is very useful especially in today's society where issues concerning food security and food safety are becoming rampant. Food Technology doesn't equate to cooking as most people think; it is a lot more beyond that.

I find Biochemistry as the most difficult subject I took (and that was in junior year). Memorizing complex terms and cycles was very challenging, but of course fulfilling.

Passing the exams depended on the standards of the professor. But in general, it was attainable if the student did his/her part. Still, quite a number of students failed in major subjects like General Chemistry, Analytical Geometry and Calculus, General Physics, and Food Engineering. A lot get delayed in their graduation - in my batch, for example, only eight graduated on time out of more or less 40 (a small number shifted to another course, transferred to another school, or stopped schooling).

I believe that succeeding in this course or in any other course requires determination, trust in oneself, and balance. Studying a lot and absorbing every lesson there is doesn't work all the time. This is where balance and knowing your priorities come in - that one should know when to work and when to play. Moreover, one must maintain a positive attitude towards work and towards everyone he/she deals with.

list bulletMy current job: I am still about to start my job as a professor (Instructor 4) at UP Mindanao. Along with the teaching load is a protected time for research, with the goal of publishing a study within one or two years.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: The Dean offered me this job beforehand, while I was still doing my undergraduate thesis. Fortunately I didn't have (and I didn't want) to apply for another job after graduation.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Make sure that this is what you really want. Don't pursue this course just because your parents want it, or because you think it is all about cooking (a lot of us aren't even close to being chefs, actually). Listen to your heart. And if you think this is really what's meant for you, never give up. Take note that college is a lot different from high school. Don't wallow in gloom when you fail any test, because I tell you, that is normal. Food Technology isn't an easy course, but as long as you don't lose interest and perseverance, you'll realize that you've made the right choice.
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