Post Baccalaureate Study in Food Science & Technology

Glass beakers with colored liquidThe Food Science and Technology (FST) Department welcomes post baccalaureate (Bachelor’s Degree holder) students.

  • Some “post-bacc” students choose to take a limited number of classes in targeted areas in order to acquire additional professional skills that will help enhance or redirect their careers.
  • Others, particularly students whose first major was not in a related science discipline, complete a subsequent Bachelor of Science Degree in this major. Completing required foundation science courses and the subsequent food science curriculum typically requires 2-3 years of full time study, depending on previous background.
  • A small number of students have used post-baccalaureate study in FST to prepare to successfully compete for admission to the Oregon State, or another university’s graduate program.

As a group, our post baccalaureate students have performed at a high academic level and have enjoyed excellent post-program employment outcomes.

Quick Navigation: Admission, Application Deadlines, Evaluation of Coursework, Earning the Degree, Frequently Asked Questions about Post Baccalaureate Admission, Advising and Registration

Students holding a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution who are otherwise admissible to Oregon State University ( will be accepted into the Food Science and Technology upon meeting the following additional criteria:

All of the following courses (or equivalents) must be completed with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 (4.00 maximum scale).

  • BI 211-213 Principles of Biology (BI 212 req. C-)
  • CH231-233, 261-263 General Chemistry (CH 231-233 req. C-)
  • MTH111 College Algebra , MTH112 Elementary Functions or 251 Calculus (All req. C-)
  • PH 201 General Physics (req. C-)

Application Deadlines
To ensure the academic success of new post-baccalaureate students the following deadlines will be observed for post-baccalaureate students applying to Food Science and Technology. When a post-baccalaureate application file is complete (all required transcripts have been received and reviewed by the Office of Admissions) a Departmental Action Form (DAF) is sent to the FST Department. The Departmental Action Form must be received at least three weeks prior to the first day of classes for which the student has requested admission. Departmental Action Forms received after these dates will be considered for admission for the next available term. In addition, all prerequisite (foundation) coursework must be completed by this date. To allow time for processing by Admissions, students should plan to submit completed applications (including transcripts showing completion of all required coursework) by the following dates:

Summer quarter: May 1
Fall quarter: August 1
Winter quarter: November 1
Spring quarter: February 1

Evaluation of Coursework
Courses required for admission will be evaluated upon receipt of the DAF. If courses have been repeated, the 2nd grade earned in a course will be used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Subsequent grades will not be considered for the purpose of meeting admission requirements. See detailed comments about course articulation in the FAQ below.

Earning the Degree
To earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science and Technology, post baccalaureate students must fulfill all of the FST major requirements, selecting any one of three options (Food Science, Fermentation Science, or Enology and Viticulture ( The Baccalaureate Core (general studies) component of an OSU Bachelor’s Degree is considered fulfilled by your first degree. Additionally, the university requires that a minimum of 45 credits applied to this degree (32 if the first degree is from OSU) must be completed with Oregon State University coursework completed while enrolled in this degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions About Post Baccalaureate Admission
How do I know if my courses are equivalent to those required by FST?
Both for the purpose of admission, and possible utilization of other previously completed course work to meet FST major requirements, the department determines equivalency guided by existing articulation agreements, and past transfer equivalency determinations.

If your course is not included in the equivalency table, or does not articulate to a specific OSU course number, the following standard will apply when FST evaluates your record. The course will be found acceptable if it is in a “track” appropriate for a major in the department offering the course at a public four year institution in the state where the course was completed. FST may require submission of a course description and/or syllabus to assist with the equivalency determination.

I earned advanced placement, CLEP or other advanced credit for some of the above courses? Does that count?
OSU advanced credit placement is awarded as indicated at this site: Submit original documentation with your application.

Based upon my high school background/placement exam, I was not required to do introductory level math courses like College Algebra (MTH111) and Elementary Functions (MTH112)?
If you placed into that level, Calculus alone will meet admission requirements. You must have college credit for Calculus, via course completion or some form of advanced placement.

Is there any other means of taking Food Science courses at OSU?
Non-Degree Seeking ( Students are permitted to enroll in some OSU courses provided that they meet the prerequisites. Included are a number of courses in Food Science and Technology. However, registering after degree seeking students for fall, winter and spring quarters, non-degree seeking students are cautioned that courses taught in these quarters may reach capacity before they can register. Included in courses that are likely to fill are some of those that comprise FST post-baccalaureate admission requirements.

Advising and Registration
General questions may be directed to Academic Program Coordinator, Holly Templeton (ph: 541-737-6486). Once you receive notification of admission, please contact FST Head Advisor Dan Smith to begin the individual program planning process. Your FST academic advisor will assist in the development and monitoring of your unique program of study, and can make recommendations for additional coursework that can be completed at another institution if some time will elapse between admission and beginning of study at OSU.

Incoming post baccalaureate students should complete a departmental orientation session with Linda Dunn prior to scheduling an individual program planning meeting. Registration PINs are provided following the planning meeting. Quarterly advising meetings are strongly recommended throughout a student’s progression through the program.

Incoming students register following continuing students. For fall quarter the earliest registration eligibility occurs on the first transfer START Orientation ( date. For winter and spring quarter, registration eligibility for new students begins following priority registration for continuing students ( With a number of science classes filling to capacity, it may not be possible to obtain a full schedule of classes that apply to major requirements in your first term at OSU. Summer is often the best quarter to begin, as summer quarter registration opens at the same time for all students:

Registration priority for continuing students is determined by the number of credit hours on their record, with the exception of post-baccalaureate students. Post-bacc students register after students with senior level (135) credit, and before the juniors. Due to some classes, particularly laboratories sections of some upper division science courses, filling to capacity early in registration, post baccalaureate students cannot be guaranteed enrollment in all desired courses during fall, winter and spring quarters. Attendance during summer term(s) may be necessary to complete all program requirements.