Associate in Arts, Food Science and Technology

The Associate in Arts (AA), Food Science and Technology covers many specializations within the realm of food science. The coursework for this program is interdisciplinary and provides students a choice of food science courses from the food science specializations of food biochemistry, fermentation, protein science, the analysis of foods using analytical techniques, and research and product development. Academic food science certificates aid students in chemistry, biology, and engineering fields to gain enough academic knowledge to enter the workforce in food science. Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Food Science Technology I and II are also available.


Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Effectively communicate orally, visually and in writing in an accurate, articulate, respectful and culturally responsive manner.
  2. Collaborate with diverse individuals and institutions to explore opportunities and resolve problems.
  3. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior appropriate to the food science discipline.
  4. Critically evaluate the internal and external validity of scientific studies to inform decisions.
  5. Explain the relationship between structure and function at the molecular and cellular level.
  6. Construct qualitative and quantitative models to draw conclusions concerning physical, biological, and chemical phenomena.
  7. Conduct experiments to accurately collect, analyze, and evaluate data.
  8. Design experiments using appropriate mathematical models, technology, and equipment.
  9. Adhere to standard safety protocols when performing experiments and collecting data.
  10. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the Food Science and Technology discipline.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians


Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health


Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
Program Area Key

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Food Science and Technology (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.