West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences will offer a new academic minor in food science and technology.

The minor in food science and technology will meet the needs of students interested in pursuing careers in the food industry,said Paul Lewis, professor and director of the Davis College’s Division of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.The food industry constitutes about one-sixth of the United States economy and offers diverse career opportunities.

The program is designed to introduce students to food processing, engineering, chemistry, microbiology and marketing.

Students who pursue the minor will broaden their career opportunities to include food safety and quality assurance, food science and technology, food engineering, new food marketing and research, development, sales and marketing, and inspection,Lewis said.

Open to all WVU students, the minor is intended to compliment major courses of study in the Davis College, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics and College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

Students with majors in these colleges will be able to apply their knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, economics, marketing and engineering to the practical needs of the food industry,Lewis explained.

The food science and technology minor will be the Davis College’s sixth, joining programs in agribusiness management, environmental economics, environmental microbiology, wildlife and fisheries resources, wood industries and technology.