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Department of Food & Nutritional Sciences

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2023 IFT-FIRST FNS Faculty, Staff and Student Attendance in Chicago, IL on July 15-19
 2023 IFT-FIRST FNS Faculty, Staff and Student Participation in Chicago, IL on July 15-19. (More, click).

The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences (FNS) offers Bachelors of Science (B.S.) and Masters of Science (M.S.) degrees and is also part of the Integrative Biosciences (IBS) Ph.D. program.

Undergraduate Program
The Department offers B.S. degrees in Food Science, Nutritional Science, Didactic Program in Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition, and dual degrees in Food Science & Biology or Nutritional Science & Biology.  
B.S. Degree Options:
Accredited / Approved Undergraduate Programs

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Tuskegee University's Didactic Program in Dietetics is
accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education
in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics,  120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190,
Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400.

The Undergraduate Food Science Program is
Approved by the Higher Education Review Board
(Herb), Institute of Food Technologists 
525 W. Van Buren Street,
Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60607.

Graduate Program
The Department also offers thesis and non-thesis M.S. degrees in Food Science/Nutritional Science.  Read more here or visit the FNS Graduate Handbook.
The Department is also part of the Ph.D. program in Integrative Biosciences (IBS).
M.S. Research Areas:

Phytates Analysis
IFT Press Room: Dr. Benjamin on Diversity in Sciences of Food.

GW Carver IFT Inaugural Include Award
GW Carver awarded IFT INCLUDE AWARD.
  • November 2023, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences IFT Student Chapter was Awarded Travel Grant from The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

  • IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo transitioned to FIRST (Food Improved by Research, Science, & Technology).  IFT FIRST 2024 Annual Event and Expo will be on July 14-17 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL  
  • Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE2024).  On October 5-8, 2024 at Minneapolis, MN
  • WORLD FOOD DAY: October 16. Right to Foods for a Better Life and a Better Future

Past Events/Activities

FNS IFT-Chapter Students, Faculty and Staff, Participated in Telfair County Community Health Fair in McRae-Helena, GA on February 24, 2024

FNS Faculty, Staff and Student Participated in the 2023 IFT-FIRST in Chicago, IL on July 15-19

Tuskegee University FNS CB Team participated in Food Science College Bowl Competition of the Southeastern Area of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) at University of Florida on April 1, 2023

2022 FNS Students Reception was held face to face, after pandemic, on September 29

FNS Faculty, Staff and Students attended Institute of Food Technologists (IFT-FIRST) 
Meeting and Food EXPO  in Chicago, IL, July 10-13, 2022

The FNS New Students Reception was held, virtually, on September 30, 2021.

Kynidi Luster, FNS Freshman, was one of the two Tuskegee University recipients of the 2020 McDonald's Black & Positively Golden Scholarship.  Congratulations!

The FNS held the Annual Students Reception during the FNSAB site visit on October 3, 2019.  It was hosted by the Department and the Advisory Board.

FNS students attended a Leadership & Team Building Workshop presented by Dr. Robert Gravani, a past IFT President,  at Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Tuskegee University.  The worshop was sponsored by FNSAB, during the site visit on October 3, 2019.  Details...

The FNS 2019 Food Product Development Team (Peyton Greenwood, Lauren Odum and Tracy Hatcher) won 2nd place during the IFT Southeast Section (SEIFT) Spring Meeting and Students Recognition.  Keniya Davis and Julian Jones also won 2nd place in the Graduate Poster competition.  Peyton Greenwood and Kalice Smith received Student Leadership awards.  The event was held in Clemson University, SC, on April 11, 2019.

The Department of FNS hosted the Southeast Institute of Food Technologists Student Association’s (IFTSA) Area Meeting and Regional College Bowl Competition on April 5-6, 2019 at Tuskegee University.  More details ...

FNS Students Fall Welcome Reception was held on October 11, 2018.

FNS Advisory Board (FNSAB) had a Site Visit at Tuskegee University on October 4, 2018.  Students also presented Summer Internships Experience, during the visit.       

An FNS Faculty/Staff/Students group attended the Institute of Food Technologists South Eastern Section (SEIFT) Fall Meeting and Chick-Fil-A Backstage Tour at The Chick-Fil-A Support Center, Atlanta, GA, on September 21, 2018.

Drs. A Bovell-Benjamin & N. Dawkins, Tuskegee University, were recognized for Outstanding Section Volunteerism.  South Eastern IFT Section was recognized as a Sections of Merit for 2017–2018

2018 FNS FPD Team: L to R; L. Odum, T. Hatcher, A. Hodge, P. Greenwood, A. Smith and L. Franklin won 2nd place at the 2018 IFT SE Section Student Product Development Competition & Recognition at Auburn University, AL, on April 5th. 

FNS Food Science Program was re-approved for another 5 years (2017-2022) by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Higher Education Review Board (HERB).  

Asmera Smith, Food Science student, Won 1st Place in the Undergraduate Research Oral Presentation at the Tuskegee University Joint Annual Research Symposium (JARS 2018) held on March 16.  

Some FNS faculty, staff and students attended the IFT SE Section Food Industry Expo at Cobb Galleria Center, Atlanta, GA, on February 6, 2018.   

The 2nd 2017 Advisory Board (FNSAB) annual meeting/site visit was held on October 19-20 at Tuskegee.

2017 FNS Students Annual Reception was held on September 28.

FNS 2017 Food Product Development Team.  L to R: A. Robinson, L. Franklin, A. Barboza, J. Gates & C. Greer, Placed 3rd at
IFT South Eastern Section (SEIFT) Students Recognition and Competition in Huntsville, AL on April 11.  

FNS participation at the Southeast IFT Food Industry Expo, Cobb Galleria Center, Atlanta, GA, February 7, 2017. 

WORLD FOOD DAY: Sunday October 16, 2016.  "Climate is changing. Food and Agriculture must too".

FNS Student Annual Reception was held on September 15, 2016.

FNS students (Imena Ezell, Lauriel Stewart, Nemuel Bonner, James Vinson and Chelsea Greer) Won 2nd Place in Product Development of Beverages Competition during the South Eastern Section IFT Spring Meeting on April 11, 2016 at University of Georgia, Griffin.  Azziza Robinson (Undergraduate) and Pricilla Ayine (Graduate) were acknowledged in the Student Leadership Recognition.  

Related Professional Societies/Associations/Organizations/Agencies

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) 

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

American Society for Nutrition (ASN)


Sigma Xi

Gamma Sigma Delta (GSD) 

American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Public Health Association (APHA)

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS/USDA)

Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS/USDA)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN