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Target Audience: Students of the University of Puerto Rico
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Mayagüez.

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Fo
od and Science Technology


By: Patricia I. Nieves Rodríguez

Dr. Edna Negrón and Dr. Mildred Camacho from t
he progra
m of
Food and Science
Technology
gave an orientation o
n Sept. 20, 2012

at

the University
of Puerto Rico

Mayagüez

(UPRM)

in which
they explain
ed what the program i
s

about.

The program
Food and Science Technology

also known as CITA (

Ciencia y Tecnología
de Alimentos

) is a master’s program that combines
Science and Technology and
has
undergraduate courses in the area of food
.

Some of the courses that are offered are Food
Microbiology, Nutrition and Food

Technology and

M
ilk and its products
.
It is located
in

the

Building

Ramírez

de
Arellanos

in the UPRM.


S
tudents from different
scientific
majors

are admitted to the program and conduct
multidisciplinary thesis projects.

Departments that may be involved are: Department of Biology,
Marine Science, Chemistry a
nd

Departments of

General Engineering

and

Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Negrón the
Director of the pro
gram

and Dr.
Camacho talked about the
curricular sequence
. The curricular
sequence
in Food Science and Technology

is a series of courses
taken within the
program of study, which will allow you to
acquire basic knowledge in a particular discipline
.

The

courses
can be taken as electives

or as additional credits
that in this case
the federal grant

will cover
the cost of these additional credits.


To complete t
he
extra
curricular sequence the courses of
Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Processing and an elective course that is in the list of
the available
courses

are

necessary
.
Sequence

students can
get involved in

research
.
When
students

complete the request to be part of the sequence

you

must
take

a pre
-
test and post
-
test
and have

more than
2.00
general
GPA
.
At the end of the second semester CITA
offers
four
workshops of three days

for young people interested in science and food technolo
gy.

The
workshops are Food Fermentation and B
iotechnology
, Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology and
S
ensory
A
nalysis of
F
ood
.
Co
mpleting this sequence

is ver
y advantageous because it app
ears in
the credit transcript

and
offers more
jobs’ opportunities
. A
lso some of the courses can be
validate

if you choose
to study a
Master
’s degree
.

Gleniellys Caminero, microbiology student and
orientation

participant, was very
convinced
by the conference, which increased her interest

in t
he CITA’s program. Also she
enlist
ed

in the workshops that will be offered in summer.

Caminero
adores

food
technology and
loves to find videos about these processes.

S
he wants to be part of the CITA’s Master
’s

Program
and is

currently taken

the necessary courses

to start
he
r
extra
cur
ricular sequence.

Dr. Negrón added that there are many
careers

in CITA.

E
ducators, marketing,
entrepreneurs, biologists
, engineers

are some of the professions

in
the
Food Science and
Technology

Industry
.

Sh
e also mentioned that they have direct contact with
different
agencies.


The students of the UPRM
are recognized and agencies come looking for them,

because

they do an excellent job.

Some of the agencies or industries that employ food technologists are

Goy
a, Kraft, Borden and Godiva.

In the conference they said that in

the U.S. the average salary
for

food scientists in 2009 was 87,
700.