The University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences majors prepare students to be involved in careers related to many different aspects of food, something that makes every tailgate complete. CALS majors span from food development and production to marketing and even nutrition. Although we can’t share our favorite tailgate foods this year in person, we want to treat you to a “taste” of some of the CALS majors related to food. We hope to be back together sharing the iconic TailGATOR barbecue next year!
Food Science is the study of techniques and systems to ensure food is safe, available, wholesome, and delicious. Food scientists use chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition and engineering to understand and manage food composition, processing and safety. In other words, food scientists have shaped every food and drink you have ever purchased from a grocery store or restaurant.
Horticultural Science is dedicated to improving fruit and vegetable production for the benefit of farmers and consumers. The Horticultural Sciences Department conducts cutting-edge research in plant breeding and genetics, plant and environmental physiology, fruit and vegetable production, post-harvest physiology, biochemistry, and other disciplines.
Animal Sciences creates new solutions for tomorrow’s problems in animal biology as well as the beef, dairy, equine and meat industries. The Animal Sciences Department has programs in genetics, management, meat science, molecular biology and physiology, and nutrition conducting research crucial for industries responsible for beef and dairy production through the use of state-of-the-art lab facilities; beef, dairy, and equine research and teaching units; a meat processing facility; and Extension units statewide.
Dietetics is a challenging profession that applies the science of food and nutrition to the health and well-being of individuals and groups. Registered dietitians are employed in health care facilities, government and public health agencies, food companies, schools and universities, private practice, and a variety of other settings. Opportunities are also increasing for registered dietitians in wellness and fitness programs and sales and marketing for business and industry.
Nutritional Sciences is the study of how food impacts human health, including nutrition-related chronic disease, malnutrition, metabolism, dietary patterns, and food insecurity. Nutritional scientists use chemistry, biology, nutrition, and the social sciences to understand and influence how diet shapes the health of individuals and populations.
CALS is home to more than 20 undergraduate majors, find a CALS major that suits your interests by taking our majors quiz. You can also find information regarding our undergraduate and graduate programs on our website.