Food Service Operations and Sustainability

The food service operations and sustainability program is suspending enrollment to the major beginning spring 2020. Please feel free to contact the department with any questions.

Western Michigan University's food service operations and sustainability program is scientifically oriented for the in-depth study of foods in relation to the business field. Graduates of this program are qualified to pursue supervisory or managerial careers in commercial food institutions in the equipment field, food research, public utility companies, mass media productions, quality testing, technical writing or governmental food agencies.

Beyond the classroom

If you decide to major in food service operations and sustainability at WMU, the Professional Experience Program will allow you to extend your academic work with on-the-job training in restaurant and catering businesses and at institutional food service sites. The program is supervised by WMU faculty in cooperation with management personnel in the field.

Many food service operations and sustainability students at WMU also choose to join Kappa Omicron Nu, the leading honor society for students in family and consumer sciences, and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurants and Institutional Education.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in food service operations and sustainability are working as:

  • Restaurant managers
  • Food service managers
  • Food service directors
  • Food and beverage managers
  • Banquet managers
  • Restaurant general managers
  • Catering managers
  • Food and beverage directors
  • Kitchen managers
  • Dining room managers
  • Sales professionals

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Commercial food service facilities
  • Corporate food service
  • Food distribution companies
  • Food-service equipment manufacturing companies
  • Government food agencies
  • Hospital food service departments
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Long-term care facilities
  • School food service

Career Outcomes

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