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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Food Science Major, BS in Food Science – Pre-Professional 3+1 Concentration

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The programs in pre-dental, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary medicine allow students to be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Food Science with a major in food science after three years and the successful completion of the first year (two semesters) in UT-Memphis dental or medical programs or the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. The last 30 hours of the three-year curriculum must be taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A total of 120 hours must be completed by the end of the first year in professional school. No later than December 31 of the student’s first year in professional school (s)he should contact the Department of Food Science to check on graduation procedures for this program.

Although a Bachelor of Science degree is not required for admission to the Colleges of Dentistry or Medicine, most of the students accepted into these programs have the baccalaureate degree before admission. Therefore, students are encouraged to plan to complete all requirements for Bachelor of Science degree before enrolling in either of these colleges. A Bachelor of Science degree can be obtained before enrolling in a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.

uTrack Requirements

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students.

Term 1

Credit Hours 18-19

Term 1 Milestone Notes

  • 2.7 cumulative GPA

Term 2

Credit Hours 16

Term 2 Milestone Notes

  • 2.7 cumulative GPA

Term 3

Credit Hours 20

Term 3 Milestone Notes

Term 4

Credit Hours 20

Term 4 Milestone Notes

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

Term 5

  • 2 Directed Pre-Professional Electives 8 Credit Hours

Credit Hours 16-17

Term 5 Milestone Notes

Term 6

  • 2 Directed Pre-Professional Electives 7 Credit Hours
  • Expanded Perspectives  Elective 3 Credit Hours *

Credit Hours 18

Term 6 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

This curriculum can meet the requirements for entrance to the UT professional programs in Memphis or UT Pre-Vet program. After the first successful year in the professional school, obtaining a minimum of 120 hours of college credit, the student will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Food Science with a major in food science. Should the student not gain admittance after the junior year, the student will complete the requirements during the senior year for a major in food science with a pre-professional concentration.

Term 7

  • UT - Professional School

Term 7 Milestone Notes

  • Apply to graduate

Term 8

  • UT - Professional School

Term 8 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Total Credit Hours 120


  1. Mathematics placement depends on high school courses and grades and ACT scores.
  2. Chosen from courses that meet pre-professional requirements for UT-Memphis or UT-Vet School. These may include BCMB 230 BCMB 401 BCMB 402 ; BIOL 240 ; CLAS 273 ; EEB 250  and EEB 251 ; PHYS 221 * and PHYS 222 * should be taken for pre-professional programs that require one or both courses. Other courses that may also be selected include FDSC 150 , FDSC 341 *, FDSC 390 , FDSC 415 *, FDSC 430 *, FDSC 442 , FDSC 445 FDSC 495 , FDSC 493  (maximum of 3 hours) or FDSC 499  (maximum 3 hours).
  3. Chosen from the following: FDSC 341 *, FDSC 415 *, FDSC 430 *.

* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements .

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