Associate Degree Program
Foodborne diseases and threats to food safety constitute a growing public health problem. An increase in the market for exotic foods, the rapid growth of farmers' markets, and recent outbreaks of foodborne diseases are just a few of the factors driving the need for trained professionals who can help ensure that our food supply is safe for consumption. The Delaware Tech Food Safety program will provide you with a scientific understanding of the food we eat and how it's made, preserved, processed, packaged, and distributed but most importantly how it is kept safe from foodborne illness and disease. As a food safety technician, you’ll have the opportunity to use science to solve real-world problems that not only affect the food industry but all of us. If you have an interest in science and are looking for a career with a variety of employment opportunities, consider Delaware Tech's new Food Safety program.
This program is offered at the Georgetown Campus.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for positions such as:
- Quality Assurance Technician/Supervisor
- Health Inspector
- Food Inspector
- Food Science Technician
- Production Supervisor
- Food Laboratory Technician
- Nutritional Analyst
- Grocery Store Owner
- Restaurant Manager
What You Will Earn
Competitive starting salaries range from $25,000 - $40,000.
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Apply knowledge of the theories and principles of biology, chemistry and food microbiology.
- Analyze food samples by common quantitative and qualitative techniques.
- Identify emerging technologies and ingredient innovations that have the potential to transform product and process development.
- Analyze market trends associated with the development of foods to maintain and improve health.
- Apply knowledge of food processing to improve the quality, efficiency, and sustainability of processing and packaging efforts.
- Apply knowledge of best practices, risk analysis, traceability, and analytical tools in the areas of microbial and chemical food safety and defense.
- Apply knowledge of public policy, food laws, and regulations that have national and international implications for the food industry, research, and consumer food safety.
- Demonstrate professional behavior and communication skills
Core Curriculum Competencies
The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.
- Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
- Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
- Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
- Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.