Food Science Technology (Co-op)

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Program Code: 3623

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 9 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

Centennial College's Food Science Technology (Co-op) program prepares you for a food science career in areas including quality control/ assurance, laboratory analysis, product development and food safety — with the added benefit of real-world experience.

The courses in this advanced diploma program cover the disciplines of microbiology, chemistry, engineering, biology and nutrition to preserve, process, package and distribute foods that are healthy, affordable, desirable and safe to eat. You not only gain theoretical knowledge, but this college science program also ensures you apply that knowledge through hands-on applications. These are rounded out by the opportunity for real-world experience in the industry during co-op work terms.


Academically qualified students can enhance their education and resumes, and gain valuable career contacts by working two terms as employees in the food science technology field. This opportunity takes classroom learning and applies it to the real world.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ABEG-126 Occupational Health and Safety (online) Morningside Campus
BI-111 Intro to Biological Systems Morningside Campus
CH-101 Chemistry 1 Morningside Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
MATH-176 Mathematics for Applied Science Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
BI-121 Microbiology Morningside Campus
BI-122 Microbiology Techniques Morningside Campus
CH-122 Lab Instrumentation Morningside Campus
CH-125 Inorganic Chem. for Microbiology Morningside Campus
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Morningside Campus
MATH-186 Statistics for Applied Science Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
BI-208 Food Microbiology Morningside Campus
CH-121 Organic Chemistry Morningside Campus
COOP-821 Employment Pre-placement Morningside Campus
FST-201 Introduction to Food Nutrition Morningside Campus
FST-211 Introduction to Food Science Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
PHYS-210 Physics for Food Science Morningside Campus

Semester Note

COOP-222 Co-op Work Term 1 (3623)
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
CH-222 Biochemistry 1 Morningside Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Morningside Campus
FST-221 Food Science Project I Morningside Campus
FST-222 Food Processing and Technology I Morningside Campus
FST-223 Quality Assurance I Morningside Campus
FST-224 Food Chemistry Morningside Campus

Semester Note

COOP-331 Co-op Work Term 2 (3623)
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
FST-311 Food Processing & Technology II Morningside Campus
FST-313 Food Biotechnology Morningside Campus
FST-314 Food Analysis Morningside Campus
FST-321 Food Science Project II Morningside Campus
FST-322 Plant Sanitation Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP-332 Co-op Work Term 3 (3623)
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
FST-312 Quality Assurance II Progress Campus
FST-315 Food Regulations Morningside Campus
FST-323 Food Product Development Morningside Campus
FST-324 Food Safety Management Systems Morningside Campus
FST-325 Food Packaging Morningside Campus
FST-326 Food Science Technology Seminar Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • The program offers comprehensive laboratory training that takes your skills from foundational to professional.
  • Practical, hands-on experience is acquired with a wide range of instrumentation as faculty members with years of experience guide you through your learning.
  • The Biotechnology, Environmental Technology and Food Science Technology programs share a common first year, which provides the flexibility to transfer between these programs before entering the second year.

Articulation Agreements

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Educational Partners

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Please visit our website at for a full listing of our current accreditations.

Career Outlook

  • Quality control technician
  • Sales representative
  • Product development technician or coordinator
  • HACCP coordinator
  • Food safety program (i.e. BRC/SQF) practitioner
  • Sanitation coordinator
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food safety specialist
  • Regulatory affairs associate
  • Production lead hand

Academic Requirements

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of Semester 2 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program at the end of Semester 2
  • Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for COOP221 in Semester 3

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $1,093.00 $4,028.50
International $14,140.00 $2,376.00 $16,516.00