Date of this Version
The Department of Food Science and Technology is located in the Food Industry Complex on East Campus at UNL. The department started out as a part of many departments in the College of Agriculture, the most important being the Department of Dairy Science. Up until 1960, food processing was incorporated in the various College of Agriculture departments of dairy science, agronomy, animal science, poultry science, and agricultural engineering and in the Foods and Nutrition Department of the College of Home Economics. In 1960 the new Food Technology major was approved as an inter-departmental major involving all departments with food processing interests. In 1968 the Department of Food Science and Technology was started. Those members of the Department of Dairy Science who focused on manufacturing were automatically transferred to the new Department of Food Science and Technology to form the basis of the new department. The first undergraduates from the new department were in 1968. Master’s and Ph.D. students followed shortly. Today the Department is part of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR).