Food Science and Human Nutrition -

Food Science Track Student Handbook

Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

Updated 6/23/2020



Dr. Soojin Jun, Ph.D.
Track Coordinator
Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences
Agricultural Sciences Building III (AGSCI)
1955 East West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8283
Fax: (808) 956-4024
Web Page:


Welcome | Admission | Degree Requirements | Registration | Career options | Business Option Road Map | Pre-professional Option Roadmap | MS in Food Science | Graduate Record Exam | Student Learning Outcomes | Undergraduate FSHN (Council) Student Club | Useful websites for students | Student Academic Support Services | Course Descriptions





Welcome to the Food Science track in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences. This study track educates and develops skills in students who desire to work in food processing, regulation and food business arena, both in the public and private sector. This track also prepares students for managerial positions since there is a high demand for people with skills in food science and knowledge of business, accounting, and interpersonal skills. Students learn about food chemistry, microbiology, structure, engineering, safety, regulation, sanitation, quality control, and business-oriented courses.

Food Science Track

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the material in this handbook is accurate, up-to-date and complete. However, occasionally errors and changes occur. It is always a good idea to double check with your advisor before taking any course, which is one of the reasons the department requires mandatory advising of all students. For those not yet in the program and would like to make sure they are on the right track please feel free to contact the CTAHR academic advisors.


Admission into the University of Hawai`i Food Science Track

Undergraduate students interested in the Food Science track may apply either as freshmen, upperclassmen, or as transfer students at any time of the year once admission requirements are met. Freshmen may declare at the time of application or within their first semester. Students who want to transfer into the Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) major, Food Science track are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.0. There are three different options under the Food Science track: Pre-professional, Business, and Culinology (only for KCC graduates with AS in CULN). Please visit the Office of Admissions website for details about applying.

Students who have taken courses at another university or community college outside of the University of Hawai`i system must arrange to have their official transcripts sent to the UH Mānoa Admissions Office for evaluation of transfer credits. Courses not meeting the university core requirements, but are acceptable academically, will be transferred and counted as elective credits. Check online to the “Transfer of Credits” website within the UH Admissions office to see how your courses transfer to UH.

Upon entering the program, students will be required to meet with academic advisors to identify their career objectives and select an appropriate option for study.


Degree Requirements

The Food Science program sheets and four year plans can be found at the Bachelor Degree Program Sheet and Sample Four Year Academic Plans website. Please scroll down the page to the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

Accepted students who have set up their UH username and password may also find their requirements on the STAR GPS Registration website. Log onto your STAR Account by visiting the website.



Students register for courses online through STAR GPS Registration. STAR GPS Registration is an easy-to-navigate registration system that shows courses students need to graduate in a timely manner and allows students to personalize their academic plan to fit their unique college experience. STAR GPS Registration allows students to do the following:

  • Register for classes that count directly into their degree/credential so they don’t go off track
  • A visual calendar of the classes students are choosing and how they fit together
  • Direct integration of students’ class schedule into their Google calendar
  • Easily switch classes using the add/drop options
  • Search for classes at any UH campus
  • View transcript

For help about STAR, students can meet with an academic advisor or visit the HELP website. Registration dates and times are published on the Registration Timetable.


Career options

Once you get your degree, you can choose a career in one of the largest industries in the world. Food scientists apply microbiology and biochemistry to improve the taste, nutrition, and value of our nation's food supply. They can be employed in science-related positions in quality assurance, product development, research, technical services, and product procurement. Food scientists can also enjoy careers in related fields such as food communication, advertising, and consumer education and protection. There are lots of demand for Food Science graduates from the global brand food manufacturers, i.e. PepsiCo, General Mills, Nestle, Kellogg’s, Kraft and so on, and local industries. Food Science graduates may also choose to pursue pre-professional tracks such as graduate studies and medical school.




Food Science Business Option Road Map

FSHN Food Science Business Road Map




Food Science Pre-professional Option Road Map

FSHN Food Science Pre-Professional Road Map




Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BS in the FSHN Food Science program, students will be able to:

  1. Know, apply and critically analyze and evaluate concepts related to the science of food and nutrition with a focus on humans.
  2. Develop written & oral skills commensurate with the ability to summarize, evaluate, synthesize, and appropriately communicate scientific concepts to a variety of audiences.
  3. Acquire personal characteristics and leadership, management, and human relations skills appropriate to professional practice in careers related to food science and human nutrition.
  4. Recognize and use appropriate technologies, such as computer applications and/or food and nutrition laboratory methodologies.
  5. Identify and develop skills to gain successful admission into entry level careers or post-graduate education.
  6. Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  7. Demonstrate participation in community service.
  8. Identify community issues from local to global levels.


Undergraduate FSHN (Council) Student Club

You are encouraged to join the FSHN Council. You will have a chance to meet other students in your major and have the opportunity to share information and good times.  Often graduating seniors leave behind jobs or career opportunities that are now available to you.


Useful Websites for Students Entering into the University of Hawai'i

All information for students covering how to apply, academic calendar, financial aid, catalog, transfer credit search, new database, on-campus activities, housing (dorms), parking, etc., can be found on the following websites:

MyUH Services is a mobile-optimized, one stop shop for UH business tasks, form, apps and more. It includes one-click access to services customized for students, faculty and staff across our 10-campus system.

STAR for students is the online degree tracking system for UH. You can view your degree requirements, register for classes, search for scholarships, and view your transcripts through STAR.

Use this website to make an appointment with our academic advisors. Advisors can assist you with developing a degree plan and making sure you’re taking the appropriate classes for graduation. Meeting with an academic advisor is mandatory every semester.

This website offers information about the world of CTAHR, including undergraduate and graduate programs, financial aid and scholarships, course requirements, publications, research projects, student council, faculty, and staff.

This web site shows the different programs, courses, and resources available within the HNFAS department. There is also a link to “Scholarships.”

The FSHN Council strives to nurture students' interest in dietetics, research, community wellness, food service and nutrition by providing the opportunity for students to network with other students, faculty, and professionals in food science, nutrition, and other health-related fields. In addition to enhancing fellowship and facilitating communication, student members are exposed to career information, scholarship opportunities, and community service activities.

UH Core requirements and class listings can be found at this site.

This web site shows information on residency requirements and how your credits transfer into UH Mānoa. The UH catalog can also be viewed from this site.


Student Academic Support Services

Access to student academic support services is important to ensure your success while a student at the University of Hawaiʻi. Below is a listing of some of these services that can also be found in the University of Hawaiʻi Catalog.

  • Office of Civic and Community Engagement offers UH Manoa students and community agencies the opportunity to participate in a partnership of volunteer service.
  • First Year Programs familiarize students with the array of resources, programs and faculty available at UH providing opportunities to develop personal relationships and enhancing active involvement in the educational process.
  • International Student Services provides assistance to international students who come from more than countries to study at UH. Students are advised and helped to adjust to the local and U.S. cultures.
  • Kokua Program (Disability Access Services) provides disability access services to students with documented physical and/or mental disabilities. Services include alternative media production, counseling, early registration, note-taking, sign language interpreting, technology access, testing accommodations and campus transportation.
  • Learning Assistance Center provides academic counseling and assists students in developing learning skills to increase academic success. Assessment, counseling and support services are also available for students with learning disabilities.
  • Mānoa Advising Center serves as a first point of contact for advising and appropriate referrals for incoming students.
  • Student Success Center at Sinclair Library offers students a place to study and provides information and skills and a place for students to work with librarians, mentors, tutors and counselors to meet individual needs.
  • Student Support Services provides academic advising and planning, tutoring and mentoring to increase college retention, academic success and graduation rates.
  • Manoa Writing Center provide free services to equip students with appropriate writing skills so they can become better and more confident writers.

Do not hesitate to discuss your needs with your academic degree advisor who can help refer you to the appropriate resource. 


FSHN Course Descriptions

Viewable online at the University of Hawaiʻi catalog.