The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Food Science at UMass Amherst

Food Science class with students

The science behind better plant-based protein

A UMass Amherst team of scientists aims to tackle this complex problem.

Department News


Amherst, MA - UMass Food Science Alumni & Friends Weekend 2022

The Department of Food Science invites alumni and friends to campus for the 2022 Alumni and Friends Weekend. 

On April 27, 1918, the trustees of Massachusetts Agricultural College established the nation's first food science department, then known as the Department of Horticultural Manufacturing. Over the years, the UMass Department of Food Science has transformed into one of the world's strongest of its kind. 

Join classmates and friends in Amherst for a weekend of memorable milestone celebrations and reunions, exciting events, raffles, and plenty of opportunities to reconnect with friends. 

Food Science Alumni Weekend 2022

Food Science Spotlight

Dr. Moore and UK engineers at Newcastle awarded among first international USDA partnership grants

An international team led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst food and environmental virologist has received a $750,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) partnership grant to develop and test portable, rapid biosensors capable of detecting noroviruses and mycotoxins in foods and agricultural products. 

Matthew D. Moore