Food Safety & Quality at Lakeland University

Learn From Food Industry Leaders

Unlike a Food Science Degree, which prepares students for food research and development, Lakeland’s Food Safety and Quality program focuses on the safe production of food. Students in the program will learn from food industry leaders by working and earning credit both in Lakeland’s classrooms and at local employers.


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Food Safety & Quality at Lakeland University

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Lakeland’s Food Safety and Quality program blends the sciences of Biology and Chemistry with best business practices to prepare students for careers in food processing. Lakeland University will prepare students to be well-rounded manufacturing professionals equipped to advance in the production of food while also possessing finance, management philosophy, and other skills needed to lead people to their potential.

Lakeland University's state-of-the-art, on-campus lab allows for a hands-on experience that replicates the work students will find on the job. The lab was funded in part by a $500,000 gift from Johnsonville. 

Upon graduation, students will have a variety of professional areas to choose from for this in-demand field, such as: production, operations, auditing, compliance, microbiology, lab science, supply chain, food security, regulatory, legal, etc.

Premier Partners

Lakeland University worked with some of the biggest names in the food business to create this degree program — ensuring course content is relevant to the needs of today's marketplace.

  • Johnsonville Sausage, LLC 
  • Sargento Foods Inc. 
  • Masters Gallery Foods
  • Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
  • Chr. Hansen 
  • Schreiber Foods 
  • SSL Industries
  • Food Industry Counsel LLC

Students who have successfully completed a B.S. in Food Safety and Quality from Lakeland University will be able to:

  • Solve problems systematically.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Perform effectively in teams.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities.
  • Perform hazard analysis based on biological, chemical, and statistical knowledge.
  • Engage professionally within the food industry.


What are some careers available to me?
Food Safety Specialist
Quality Assurance Technician
Food Technologist
Quality Assurance Supervisor
Food Inspector

*Data provided by Job Center of Wisconsin's Occupational Employment & Wage Statistics for food scientists and technologists.

What Makes Our Program Unique?

  • Curriculum that produces well-rounded manufacturing professionals equipped to advance in the production of food while also possessing finance, management philosophy, and other skills needed to lead people to their potential
  • An internationally experienced professor with expertise in teaching, food industry, a strong research background and an excellent record of securing government and food industry grants, as well as a prolific publication history
  • Hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art Food Safety and Quality Lab
  • Special Topics courses, such as Introduction to Food Science, Introduction to Meat and Dairy Sciences, Food processing techniques Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Complementary field trips to leading food industry companies--Johnsonville Sausage, Sargento Foods, Masters Gallery Food, and more!
  • F4 experience (Farm, Factory, Fork, Food Safety & Quality) for the high school students in the area

    Why Lakeland?

    There’s more than one way to get a college education and Lakeland offers them all. Lakeland University students have access to a variety of pathways, and each one can be customized to meet your needs. Since our founding in 1862, Lakeland University has been a leader in finding ways to help students make their dreams come true.

    • Traditional, main campus located in Sheboygan Co.
    • Six Centers located throughout the state of Wisconsin.
    • Flexible delivery formats:
      • Onsite: In class one night per week at one of our six center locations
      • Online: participate weekly when it works best for you
      • Online Live: attend live classes virtually from anywhere one night per week
      • BlendEd Live: attend classes in-person or online … you choose each week
    • Transfer up to 90-credits
    • Financial aid, scholarships and discounts are available
    • Individualized advising and career development support
    • Award-winning Cooperative Education program allows students to earn college credit for professional work experiences
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    First Time Freshman

    • Step 1: Complete an application online.
    • Step 2: Submit official high school transcripts directly to Lakeland University.

    Transfer Students

    • Step 1: Complete an application online.
    • Step 2: Request official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended to be sent directly to Lakeland University.
      • Students who have NOT completed 12 transferrable credits MUST submit official high school transcripts.

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    You may apply at any time as Lakeland University operates on a rolling admission basis with 6 start dates throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed until about two weeks before the start of each term.

    Main-Campus (Full-Time)
    Evening/Online (Adult)

    Admission Requirements

    Once your application is received, your Lakeland University admissions counselor will be in touch.

    • Lakeland University accepts a high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above or the equivalent of a high school diploma.
    • Lakeland University accepts transfer students who have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and are in good standing at other accredited institutions of higher learning.
    • We review each application on an individual basis.

    *Exceptions to the above admission criteria may be granted for students with a cumulative GPA range from 1.75 to 1.99 if the academic experience that resulted in the less than 2.0 GPA was more than two years ago. Furthermore, typically students with a cumulative GPA range from 1.50 to 1.75 will only be considered if the poor academic performance experience that resulted in the less than 2.0 GPA was more than five years ago. Students receiving an exception will be admitted conditionally.

    Meet Our Food Safety & Quality Faculty

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    Gregory Smith, Ph.D.

    Professor of Biology, Chair of Natural Sciences

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    Jered McGivern, Ph.D.

    Jered McGivern, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies

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    Kim Viglietti

    Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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    Leili Afsah-Hejri, Ph.D.

    Leili Afsah-Hejri, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Food Safety and Quality

    Contact us to learn more about the Food Safety & Quality degree at Lakeland University.

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