Welcome to Food Science!

Our main office is located at 203 Steacie Building. Please feel free to stop by our office if you have any questions. We can be reached via email at chemistry@carleton.ca or via phone at 613-520-3534 during our office hours from 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., Monday through Friday.


Did you know?

33% of greenhouse gases are from food-systems.

50% of food produced is wasted.

768 million people are food insecure globally.

1 in 10 people get sick from contaminated food every year.

Food scientists can help.

Discover Food Science at Carleton University

Improving the sustainability, quality, and safety of food systems is critical to the fight against climate change. Food sciences integrate knowledge from the disciplines of chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition, law, and economics. Food scientists work in a highly regulated framework to develop, preserve, process, package, and distribute foods that are safe, desirable, affordable, and nutritious. Professionals with knowledge of the entire food production continuum are needed in all levels of government and industry. Research in food science can contribute in numerous ways to reducing the environmental impacts of food production.

Our Food Science program favors a seamless transition from university to career by providing experiential learning opportunities like co-op field trips, and research experience. These opportunities, along with the strong relationships between Carleton University and government departments and agencies like Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, give students an advantage when entering the workforce. Carleton University Food Science students are successful as professionals in all levels of government, food/scientific industry, and research. To learn more about future employment opportunities, visit our Food Science Career Series.

Why Chemistry and Food Science Matter!