Full-time/Distance & Online Learning Bachelor of Science 8320bsc

Overview

Note: This program runs every two years. The September 2016 intake is currently accepting applications.

The Food Technology and Operations Management BSc program was requested by the industry and has been designed to meet their specific demands. Unique to BCIT, this new, innovative program is serious about advancing your career in food technology.

More than the basics of laboratory and quality control, this program focuses on the advanced business, technical, and regulatory skills that are required for senior level positions in the food industry. This program will allow you to:

  • Take the lead on higher risk decision making and responsibility
  • Improve processes and operations
  • Develop dynamic teams and people
  • Innovate food safety and sustainability in a global environment

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time bachelor of science completion program
  • Distance and online learning gives you the flexibility to fit courses into your lifestyle
  • Case studies push your critical thinking and problem-solving skills into real world situations

For more information on Food Technology and Operations Management BSc see Program Details.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Completed BCIT's Food Technology Diploma program or a degree in food science
  • Have strong technical abilities and want to build leadership and business operations skills
  • Enjoy critical thinking and problem solving in a dynamic work environment
  • Have one year or more experience working in the food processing industry

Do you want to be a food industry leader? Visit Program Entry for info on how to apply.

What grads can do

The Food Technology and Operations Management BSc program gives you leadership and business skills to manage food processing operations. An advanced career in food technology starts here. Check Graduating and Jobs for details.

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Work experience: one of the following:
    • Minimum of 1 year relevant work experience or
    • 3 months of relevant work experience with current employment

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Plus one of the following options:

Option 1: Option 2:
  • Food Science Degree with minimum 70%
  • Bridging courses as follows:
    • OPMT 1198 - Operations Management and Business or equivalent with minimum 70%
    • COMM 2202 and COMM 2203 with minimum 70%

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the program area when the entrance requirements are complete.

Apply to program

This program runs every two years. The September 2016 intake is currently accepting applications.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September of even numbered years

The next intake of this program will be September 2016.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$500 per term for textbooks and supplies.

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Costs also include required membership of both ASQ (American Society for Quality) and APICS (American Society for Production and Inventory Control) for access to selected their libraries.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

Courses requiring classroom time (such as OPMT) will be scheduled in the evenings. Many courses (such as LIBS and BUSA) are available online. FOOD courses will be blended delivery and lecture material will be available online with a Saturday classroom session from 9:00 to 4:00.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Level 5 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  FOOD 5040 Food Chemistry 3.0
  FOOD 5050 Product Development 2 3.0
  FOOD 5255 Assessing and Managing Risks 2.0
  OPMT 5343 Operations Management 2 3.0
and
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics* 3.0
 
Level 6 (15 weeks) Credits
  FOOD 6010 Advanced food Processing 3.0
  FOOD 6050 Food Plant Layout and Design 3.0
  FOOD 6255 Management and Regulatory Affairs 2.0
  OPMT 6343 Logistics, Inventory and Production 4.0
and
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing* 3.0
 
Level 7 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 7200 Business, Society and Ethics 4.0
  FOOD 7030 Quality Systems 2.5
  FOOD 7070 Sustainability and the Environment for Food Processors 3.0
  OPMT 7070 Project Management 3.0
  OPMT 7170 Process Improvement 3.0
and
  LIBS 7006 Philosophy of Science: Understanding Scientific Reasoning* 3.0
 
Level 8 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 8000 Human Relations and Management 4.0
  FOOD 8255 HACCP and Food Safety Implementation 2.5
  FOOD 8390 Applied Research Project 7.0
  OPMT 8070 Vendor Certification/Supplier Assessment 2.0
and complete 3.0 credits of Liberal Studies electives*

* Students are responsible for registering for LIBS. This course is offered through Part-time Studies in the fall, winter and spring terms.

 
Total Credits: 69.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Two years

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Program structure

Component Courses Credits Percentage
Food Technology FOOD 5040
FOOD 5050
FOOD 6010
FOOD 7070
FOOD 8390
19.0 27%
Quality Assurance
and Food Safety
FOOD 5255
FOOD 7030
FOOD 8255
7.0 10.5%
Operations Management BUSA 5200
FOOD 5343
FOOD 6050
OPMT 6343
OPMT 7170
OMPT 7070
OPMT 8070
21.0 31.3%
Communications/
Leadership
BUSA 7250
BUSA 8000
FOOD 6255
9.0 13.2%
General Studies LIBS 7001
LIBS 7002
LIBS 7006
LIBS elective
12.0 18%

Continue your education

Graduates may be able to continue studies at other post-secondary institutions to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels or into an MBA program.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads get work

The food industry is asking for our grads. You will complete the Food Technology and Operations Management BSc program with everything you need to move your career forward.

Lead high performing teams. Develop cutting edge quality control strategies. Learn operations management. Build better systems and grow stronger people. Advanced careers in the food industry start here.

Career opportunities

  • Quality assurance manager or director
  • Quality assurance strategist
  • Operations manager or director
  • Process improvement analyst

Keep learning

Take your education to the next level. Grads can continue on to get their MA, MBA, or PhD. We prepare you to keep advancing.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Erin Friesen, PhD, CFS
Program Head
604-432-8561
Erin_Friesen@bcit.ca

Advisory committee

  • Marcela Cota, Vitalus Nutrition Inc.
  • Kendra Coutts,Daiya Foods Inc.
  • Steven Leung, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • John Lew, Sai Global Assurance Services
  • Parimal Rana, Daiya Foods Inc.
  • Lynn Seidel, Shafer-Haggart Ltd
  • Dr. Sooyeun Moon, Mark Anthony Group Inc.
  • Walter Wardrop, NRC - IRAP

Contact Us

Erin Friesen, PhD, CFS
Program Head
604-432-8561
Erin_Friesen@bcit.ca

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Apply for the GFTC Entrance Awards

BCIT is presenting three $5,000 entrance awards to eligible applicants. Donated by the Guelph Food Technology Centre, the GFTC Legacy Fund [PDF] supports career development for individuals working in the food industry.

Program applicants can earn a $5,000 award. Application deadline is August 5, 2014. Learn more and apply at Student Financial Aid and Awards.