Currywurst out of cans, lactose-free baby milk, chocolate coffee without coffee for pad machines or jam, which tastes like Brazil – regularly, new and interesting products are launched on the market. Product developers conduct market research, develop and evaluate concepts, formulations and prototypes of new foods. They test taste, smell and color, deal with packaging, labeling and shelf life.
The Bachelor of Science in the study program “Food, Nutrition, Hygiene” at Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences is ideal for entering into product development in the food industry or adjacent industrial fields. At the beginning the students in Sigmaringen have to crammate basic subjects like math, chemistry, biology and electrical engineering. But you also do internships in the lab. If you want to become a product developer, you should opt for the “food and nutrition” option after the third semester. Here your find topics such as food technology, microbiology, nutrition, quality management, food law, sensor technology, applied hygiene and biochemistry on the timetable. There are also ohter option you can chose.
The fifth semester is the internship semester. Future product developers could, for example, gain valuable practical experience in manufacturing, quality assurance or sensor technology at a food or flavor manufacturer. Back at the university, project work is on. In the project “Product Development” the students are allowed to independently implement their own product ideas in small groups and show what they have learned.
With the bachelor thesis the study ends. Most students write their thesis at a company – this can be the door opener for a permanent employment. Incidentally, many employers attach importance to international experience, which the Sigmaringen students, for example, can gain during a study semester at a partner university.