The Associate of Applied Science in Food Technology provides an understanding of the
selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution and use of safe, nutritious and
wholesome foods. Students will be able to integrate and apply food principles through the use
of computer, laboratory, statistical and quality assurance techniques. Communication, organizational,
information acquisition and interactions skills are also built into the curriculum.
The program was designed with input from representatives of the following local food industries:
Riceland Foods, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Busch Agricultural Resources and Nestle USA. Input
was also received from the Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
This program was designated to provide a quality curriculum that introduces students to the
world of food technology and provides an educational foundation for upper division study in
food science. As part of the curriculum, there is an opportunity for laboratory experiences at
local food industries as well as student practicum work through student internships. Cooperation
with the community agencies will support those endeavors.