The food science faculty and programs from the former University of Idaho (UI) Department of Food Science & Toxicology and the previous WSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition merged in 2008 to form the School of Food Science. The SFS is unique in the nation and provides immediate national impact and recognition. With this merger, teaching, research, and extension programs within the SFS advance into the top tier of universities with food science programs in the United States based on faculty numbers, undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, degrees granted, research productivity, and extension programming.
The School of Food Science maintains strong undergraduate and graduate programs in food science (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) at both campuses. The administrative offices are located 8 miles apart on the main campuses in Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID. Members of the faculty are located on both campuses and also located at the UI Food Technology Center (Caldwell, ID),Tech-Help (Boise, ID), WSU Irrigated Agricultural Research and Extension Center (Prosser, WA) and at the WSU Tri-Citiescampus (Richland, WA). The SFS oversees Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe and the WSU Creamery. SFS faculty collaborate with cereal scientists at the USDA Western Wheat Quality Laboratory (Pullman). Facilities include pilot plants, a food preparation laboratory, sensory evaluation laboratories and numerous research laboratories. A dairy processing plant, research pilot plant, traditional food processing pilot plant and an experimental/teaching winery are available for student projects.