Food Systems Industry Management - BS

The Bachelor of Science in Food Systems Industry Management is a program that focuses on the application of chemical, physical, and engineering principles to the development and implementation of manufacturing, packaging, storage, and distribution technologies and processes for food products.  Includes instruction in food engineering, food preservation and handling, food preparation, food packaging and display, food storage and shipment, and related equipment and facilities design, operation and maintenance.  The program capitalizes on the food system supply chain from a post-harvest to table perspective.  It is a unique and integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics degree program with an interdisciplinary approach with equal input from Agricultural Systems Management, Food Science and Technology, and Agricultural Economics.  Students will be prepared in four core competency domains, as well as high impact experiences to integrate knowledge across discipline areas:  (a) operate and manage food processing, storage, and distribution systems; (b) perform systems analysis and management of food processing, storage, and distribution systems; (c) perform economic analyses on food processing, storage, and distribution systems; and (d) effectively manage and utilize large databases and information systems.  Students can choose directed electives in specialize areas and will complete 2 capstone class experiences and an off-site internship as part of the degree requirements.  For more information, visit http://nfs.tamu.edu.

The BS in Food Systems Industry Management was approved to be offered in McAllen, Texas.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGEC 105 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 3
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENGL 104
Composition and Rhetoric
or Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
3
NFSC 201 Food Science 3
NFSC 210 Horizons in Nutrition and Food Science 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
ECON 202
Principles of Economics
or Principles of Economics
3
HIST 105 History of the United States 1 3
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 209
Survey of Accounting Principles
or Introductory Accounting
3
AGSM 301 Systems Analysis in Agriculture 3
HIST 106 History of the United States 3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 120
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
or College Physics
4
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Biometry  
Statistical Methods  
Statistical Methods  
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Third Year
Fall
AGEC 340 Agribusiness Management 3
AGSM 473 Project Management for Agricultural Systems Technology 3
ANSC 326/NFSC 326
& DASC 327
Food Bacteriology
and
4
NFSC 311/HORT 311 Principles of Food Processing 3
Technical elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
AGEC 314 Marketing Agricultural and Food Products 3
AGEC 330 Financial Management in Agriculture 3
AGSM 315/NFSC 315 Food Process Engineering Technology 3
AGSM 360 Occupational Safety Management 3
Technical elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
AGEC 453 International Agribusiness Marketing 3
AGSM 439 Management of Agricultural Systems I 3
ANSC 470/NFSC 470 Quality Assurance for the Food Industry 3
NFSC 324 Food Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food 3
NFSC 485
Directed Studies
or Research
3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGSM 440 Management of Agricultural Systems II 3
Creative arts 3
Technical electives 1 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

The Graduation requirements include a requirement for 3 hours of international and cultural diversity and 3 hours of cultural discourse. Selection must be from courses on the approved list. Selection can be courses that also satisfy the requirement for social and behavioral sciences; creative arts; language, philosophy and culture; or electives. For more information on core requirements visit the University Core Curriculum catalog page.

A total of 120 hours is required for graduation; 36 hours of 300/400 level courses are required to meet the Texas A&M University residency requirement.