Food Service Operations and Sustainability

Program details

Credits required: 122

Location Format   
Grand Rapids Hybrid—mostly online

Industry highlights

Young adults with a bachelor’s degree earn 50 percent more than those with just a high school diploma.National Center for Education Statistics

Bachelor of Science (BS)

A unique mix of business and sustainability

The food service operations and sustainability bachelor’s degree completion program at WMU-Grand Rapids is ideal for people working in the food industry who want to take a next step toward a managerial or supervisory career. And whether you are pursuing a career in food production or hospitality, to name just two, you will be equipped with in-depth understanding of sustainable food systems, food science, management principles and business.

Our food service operations and sustainability program is one of the only such programs in Michigan to have a strong focus on sustainability. You will gain knowledge and best practices regarding local food sources, waste reduction and other environmentally conscious movements.

Flexibility is key

This bachelor’s degree offers a flexible curriculum, so you can tailor the program content to meet your needs and prepare for a variety of careers that fall within the food industry. You may choose from electives in marketing, finance, chemistry, environmental science and more.

Further, the program is offered in a hybrid format. Most of the coursework is done online and face-to-face classes are scheduled during the evening or on weekends. This allows you to balance schoolwork with your job and other responsibilities.

Field experience and internship

While earning your degree, WMU’s Professional Experience Program allows 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.

Who should apply?

Associate degree graduates and culinary school graduates will find this bachelor’s degree completion program a logical next step toward a management career in the food science, food service or hospitality industry. Culinary school graduates might also find that the management aspects of the degree complement their prior educational experience.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the food service operations and sustainability program are suited for management positions in a number of industries: restaurants and hospitality, food and beverage distributors, hospitals and long-term care facilities, commercial food facilities, schools, government food agencies and correctional facilities.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.

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