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Biotechnology and Consumer Sciences

Biotechnology and Consumer Sciences

Biotechnology

Biotechnology is one of the most rapidly expanding sciences internationally. This diploma presents an intensive series of courses (theory and practice) which will produce a qualified biotechnologist equipped with the necessary skills required to embark on a successful career in biotechnology at both the academic and industrial levels.

During the first and second semester students acquire broad insights into the microbiological and biochemical underpinnings of biotechnology. During the third and fourth semester teaching and training focuses on in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in microbial biochemistry, molecular biology, fermentation technology and bioprocessing fields. The learners will also be familiarised with ethics and basic business principles.

Graduates may apply for registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions as Certificated Natural Scientists.

Consumer Sciences

Biotechnology and Consumer Sciences Consumers are becoming more aware of the relationship between lifestyle choices and health. The food industry, comprising the manufacturing and retail sectors, are both addressing consumer concerns regarding the need for good quality, healthy and safe food. Access to healthy and safe food is also high on the national agenda, leading to a need for qualified graduates with a sound knowledge of food and nutrition.

The Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition programme is unique in its integration of the study fields of food and nutrition and this is linked to an understanding of the consumer. Academic learning is complemented by the development of culinary skills. Knowledge of food science and nutritional principles is used in the development and production of food products with the emphasis on short life convenience foods.

This programme offers a wide range of career destinations in the food and retail industries for students who are interested in working with food and people.

Former students are working in test kitchens, formulating and developing recipes for industrial food production; training employees in retail and food manufacturing; implementing quality control systems; advising consumers on food and nutrition products; managing the preparation and production of convenience food products; supervising food retail departments and managing food service facilities.

Students also have the background to become entrepreneurs as these skills are developed by combining business subjects with food and nutrition knowledge and culinary skills.

Contact us

Department of Biotechnology and Consumer Science
Applied Sciences Building
3rd Floor
District Six Campus

PO Box 652
Cape Town
8000

Prof Lalini Reddy

Head of Department
Prof Lalini Reddy

Contact details
Tel: +27 21 460 3819
Email: reddyl@cput.ac.za

Ms Nonelwa Mfayana

Department Admin
Ms Nonelwa Mfayana

Contact details
Tel: +27 21 460 3186
Email: mfayanan@cput.ac.za

Dr Vanessa Jackson

Head of Programme : Biotechnology
Dr Vanessa Jackson

Contact details
Tel: +27 21 460 9095
Email: jacksonva@cput.ac.za

Ms Enid Hinrichsen

Head of Programme: Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition
Ms Enid Hinrichsen

Contact details
Tel: +27 21 460 3432
Email:
hinrichsene@cput.ac.za