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Food Science Program

Overview

The Food Science Certificate is composed of five degree-credit courses in food science taken via distance. Courses are delivered using print, DVD, World Wide Web, online conferencing, CD-ROM supplemental resource materials, group work and even at-home activities! Courses may be taken individually if that better suits your learning needs.

This certificate is designed to provide a broad understanding of food science for people with little or no formal food science education. It will be of interest to those wishing to upgrade their knowledge and will benefit those with new job responsibilities, new positions or those looking to change careers. The distance format will appeal to those with busy or irregular schedules who are self-motivated, organized and eager to learn.

The Certificate will be of interest to:

About Us

The Department of Food Science

The Department of Food Science offers diverse and highly rated educational programs, including a distance education certificate, short courses in dairy and meat processing, and undergraduate and graduate programs.

The University of Guelph

Not only is the University of Guelph a leading institution in Food Sciences, but it was recently recognized as the top comprehensive university in Canada by Maclean's Magazine. The University has also received recognition for excellence in online education in North America.

Office of Open Learning

The Office of Open Learning at the University of Guelph provides interactive learning solutions by bridging the University's teaching and research expertise to the broader community - local, national and international.

We work with university faculty and other leading experts to develop and deliver specialized education and training opportunities for personal and/or professional enrichment.

For more information on our approach to online distance education, please check out the online learning portal.

Certificate

The Certificate is composed of five degree-credit courses in food science taken via distance. Courses are delivered using print, video, World Wide Web, online conferencing, CD-ROM supplemental resource materials, group work and even at-home activities! Courses may be taken individually if that better suits your learning needs.

The five courses required to obtain the Certificate in Food Science are:

FAQ

Why should I enrol in the Food Science Certificate?
This certificate is designed to provide a broad understanding of food science for people with little or no formal food science education. It will be of interest to those wishing to upgrade their knowledge and will benefit those with new job responsibilities, new positions, or those looking to change careers.

What are the prerequisites for the courses?
Individuals need to have completed post-secondary courses in basic chemistry and microbiology. Specific prerequisites vary with each course. The prerequisites may have been taken previously while pursuing a degree or diploma. Various colleges and universities offer acceptable courses, including distance education courses from the University of Waterloo (BIO240, CHEM123 and CHEM124) and Athabasca University (CHEM217).

Contact the Office of Open Learning if you have any questions about acceptability of your prerequisites.

Where do I take the courses?
You can take the courses from wherever you have a computer linked to the Internet! The benefit of the online format is that you can work around your busy schedule by studying from the comfort of your own home and at a time convenient to you. There are no classes to attend. All that is required is a computer, an Internet connection, and a desire to learn.

When can I start?
For specific start dates, contact the Office of Open Learning or see the certificate information page.

What courses do I need to obtain the Certificate?
To obtain a certificate, you must successfully complete 5 degree-credit courses. The courses may be taken in any order, as long as prerequisite requirements are met.

How long does it take to complete the Certificate Program?
The Certificate program consists of five courses. If you were to take one course a semester, it would therefore take five semesters, or approximately 2 years to complete the certificate.

How much time will I need to devote to my distance course each week?
Online courses offer you more convenience and flexibility. Your online course will require a significant amount of reading, writing, completing assignments, and participation online. You should expect to spend about 10 hours per week for each course taken. You will receive a weekly schedule to help you plan your time.

Do you offer any other food-related courses or programs in addition to the Certificate program?
The Office of Open Learning offers a number of other online food-related courses and face-to-face learning opportunities that may interest you. Can courses in the Certificate program be applied towards a food science degree? Most courses in the Certificate program cannot be applied towards requirements for an undergraduate food science degree at the University of Guelph due to the laboratory requirements of the undergraduate curriculum. However, the Principles of Food Science course (FOOD*2010) can be applied towards the degree. Students planning to pursue undergraduate degrees at another university are advised to contact the food science program advisor at that institution since program requirements may vary. If you have questions about the Food Science degree program offered through the University of Guelph you can contact Dr. Doug Goff, Undergraduate Advisor, Food Science Department at 519 824-4120, extension 53878, or by email at dgoff@uoguelph.ca.

Could you send me an Office of Open Learning catalogue?
Because our courses and programs are so wide-ranging, and targeted to such a diversity of learners, we recommend visiting the Office of Open Learning website at www.open.uoguelph.ca or calling us for information about specific courses and programs at 519 767-5000.

How does distance education work?
Distance education allows you to study at home or in your office, according to your own schedule...there are no classes to attend. Generally, each course comes with a manual that may be accompanied by videotapes, audiotapes, audio CDs, computer diskettes, CD-ROMs, etc., depending on the nature of the course. As well, most courses incorporate websites with computer conferencing, e-mail, and computer-based quizzes using the World Wide Web as an innovative learning environment. Distance education provides a contemporary means through which the University of Guelph continues its tradition of outreach and open learning opportunities.

For more information on our approach to online distance education, please check out our online learning portal.

What English proficiency level is required to take these courses? The Food Science Certificate courses are presented in English and require proficiency in written English. Students should supply evidence of English proficiency (except Francophone Canadian citizens educated in Canada) if:

  1. their primary or first language (meaning the language first learned as a child) is not English; and

  2. they have had less than four years of full-time secondary or post-secondary study, demonstrating satisfactory academic progress, in an English-language school system.

Registrants who need to meet the English Proficiency Requirement should do so by submitting the required scores in 1, 2, or 3 below, along with their registration form.

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 600 on the paper- based test (250 on the computer test) AND Test of Written English (TWE) - 5 AND Test of Spoken English (TSE) - 50. Applicants with scores 237-249 on the computer-based test will be reviewed on an individual basis. These tests are offered on several dates each year by centres throughout the world. The TOEFL Bulletin of Information and registration form can be obtained by writing or contacting TOEFL/TSE Publications, P.O. Box 6154 Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6154, USA; telephone (609)771-7100; email toefl@ets.org.

  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6. Information on test centres and registration can be obtained from IELTS Administrator, Anglia Polytechnic University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, Great Britain (telephone (01223) 363271; facsimile(01223) 352973; email j.m.ferra@anglia.ac.uk).

  3. The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Minimum overall score of 85 is required, a minimum composition score of 83. In addition, applicants must present a minimum score on the oral test of 3. Applicants can request Information Bulletins and Registration forms from English Language Institute, Testing and Certification Division, 3020 North University Building, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1057, USA (telephone (734) 763-3452; facsimile(734) 763-0369.

How many distance education assignments will I have to complete?
Distance education courses typically have assignments due every week or two, and each assignment has specific requirements and a set due date.

What happens if I can't get my assignment in on time?
It is important for you to be aware of due dates so that you can complete and submit your assignments in a timely fashion. Instructors may use their discretion to deduct marks for late assignments. Contact your instructor in advance of the due date, if possible, if you are unable to complete your assignment on time. Medical documentation may be requested if illness has prevented you from keeping up with your course.

What is your refund and course cancellation policy?
If you change your mind about taking a course that you have registered for, you will need to contact the Office of Open Learning at 519 767-5000 as soon as possible.

Are Open Learning courses tax deductible?
Tax receipts are issued. In Canada, the tuition portion of your course fees is income tax deductible.

Is there any form of financial assistance available for these courses?
You may be eligible to receive a bursary award towards an Office of Open Learning continuing education activity and/or Open Learning program.