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As department changes, so does name

The Department of Food Science began a new year with a new name, reflecting the establishment of two new undergraduate degree programs in the department.

Effective Jan. 1, what had been the Department of Food Science became the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, said Dr. Donn Ward, department head.

“We’ve added two new undergraduate degree programs,” Ward said. “We felt we needed to expand our name so it’s clear we’re not just food science.”

Ward said the department’s nutrition degree program has quickly become its most popular, with approximately 170 students. Nutrition had been offered as a concentration through several departments.

The bioprocessing degree program has attracted only a handful of students thus far, although Ward anticipates its popularity increasing as students become aware of the program and employment opportunities available to graduates in an expanding bioprocessing industry in North Carolina.

Approximately 60 students are enrolled in the department’s food science undergraduate degree program, and Ward said there are 70 students in the department’s graduate food science degree programs.

—Dave Caldwell