Food Technology for Companion Animals

The Food Technology for Companion Animals minor provides education and training in nutritional demands of companion animals and food processing to UNL students interested in pursuing careers in the pet food industry. Students in the minor will be able to use courses in Animal Science (ASCI) and Food Science and Technology (FDST) to gain experience and knowledge that will allow them to help pet food manufacturers in modernizing their product portfolios, use alternative protein sources in pet food formulations, optimize processes, and bring more sustainable and innovative approaches in manufacturing and packaging.

Food Technology for Companion Animals Minor Requirments Credit Hours
Required courses (12 credit hours):
•    ASCI 320 – Animal Nutrition and Feeding
•    ASCI 321 – Companion Animal Nutrition
•    FDST 205 – Food Composition and Analysis
•    FDST/AGST 367 – Pet Food Manufacturing (new course)


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Elective animal nutrition courses (please choose 3 credit hours):

  • ASCI 210 – Animal Products
  • ASCI 251 – Introduction to Companion Animals

 

Elective food processing courses (please choose 3 credit hours):

  • AGEN/BSEN 344 - Biological and Environmental Transport Processes
  • FDST/AGST 363 – Heat and Mass Transfer
  • FDST 403 – Food Quality Assurance
  • MSYM/AGST 364 Ag Products Processing and Handling


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Contact

Mary-Grace Danao
Dr. Mary-Grace Danao
Research Associate Professor
Food Science & Technology
FIC 244
402 472 1595
mdanao2@unl.edu

Fermentation Science

The purpose of this minor is to offer our students a structured course of studies that would increase their knowledge related to the production of fermented foods and fermented industrial products.  The fermented food industry not only includes the production of beer, wine, and spirits but also includes production of bread, coffee, soy, pickles, yogurt, and cheese.  Graduates with expertise in food fermentation are in demand in many different food-related companies.   In addition, fermentation science is important in the production of industrial products like biofuels, feedstocks, and pharmaceuticals.

Fermentation Science Minor Requirments Credit Hours
Required Courses
FDST 415 Molds and Mycotoxins
FDST 455 Microbiology of Fermented Foods
FDST 455L Microbiology of Fermented Foods Laboratory

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Elective Courses
Choose 6 hours from the following courses:
BIOC 431 - Biochemistry I: Structure and Metabolism
BIOC 432- Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Bioinformatics
BIOC 434 - Plant Biochemistry
BSEN 303- Principles of Process Engineering
BSEN 445- Bioprocess Engineering
BSEN 446 - Unit Operations of Biological Processing
CHME 473- Biochemical Engineering
FDST 495 Internship Experience (in fermentation science-related field)
MBIO/BIOS 421- Microbial Diversity
MBIO/BIOS 440- Microbial Physiology
PLAS 415- Applied Plant Breeding and Genetics
PLAS/NUTR 471- Vines, Wines and You



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Total 12

Contact

Jennifer Auchtung
Dr. Jennifer Auchtung
Assistant Professor
Food Science & Technology
FIC 270
jauchtung2@unl.edu