Doctor of Science in Food Technology and Sciences

  Accredited by the Mexican Postgraduate Quality Program SEP-CONACYT (PNPC)

(Scholarships for Foreing Students)

 


PROGRAM NAME: Doctor of Science in Food Technology and Sciences


General Office of Professions (DGP) Code: 506628

Typical time to degree: 6 semesters

Credits: 210

Degree conferred: Doctor of Science in Food Technology and Sciences

Campus where it is offered: Hermosillo

 


DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE PROGRAM


General Objective

To offer a framework of specialized academic training to graduates of Biological Sciences, Chemical Biologists, Chemical Engineering, Agronomy and related degree courses, forming professionals of an excellent level, with a solid preparation in various areas of science, who can carry out independent and original research that represents significant advances in the field of Food Technology and Science, with emphasis in the areas of grains and aquaculture products.  Also, to provide an in-depth and comprehensive overview so that they can identify relevant issues in their areas of work and generate applicable knowledge.

Specific Objectives

  • To prepare staff of high academic level, under a tutorial system, through courses and original research, whose final goal is realized with a thesis.
  • To form professionals capable of researching, identifying and solving problems that the country faces, concerning Food Science.
  • To prepare high-level professionals capable of generating knowledge, by proposing, designing and developing research projects relevant to the development of food science and the solving production, food processing, and agricultural issues.
  • To facilitate and promote the diffusion and dissemination of scientific knowledge in one or more disciplines of Food Sciences, and so strengthen scientific culture in Mexico and, particularly, in the region.
  • To prepare professionals of the highest level with the skills to effectively transfer knowledge, train new researchers in turn and direct working groups that promote raising the level of science in Mexico.
  • To articulate the research work of Academic Entities and their Lines of Generation and Application of Knowledge with the training of professionals.
  • To present the results of research carried out through participation in specialized events and the publication of research articles in scientific journals indexed by ISI, for national or international circulation.
  • To link with Postgraduate Programs at other institutions through specific agreements, as well as to have a hand in the contents of academic programs of related fields.

 


WHAT COMPETENCIES WILL I HAVE ACQUIRED BY THE END OF THIS PROGRAM?


Graduates will be able to handle scientific and technical information from specialized, current sources critically.  They are also able to carry out basic and applied research to solve problems. Similarly, they will be qualified for the training of specialized professionals.

Graduate Profile

  • To have acquired a solid, current knowledge of food technology and sciences.
  • To have the ability to support and develop basic and applied research independently, that contributes to the solution of relevant problems, with a scientific, technological, ethical and humanistic approach.
  • To critically handle scientific and/or technical information from specialized, current sources.
  • To be qualified to train specialized professionals.
  • To have the ability to independently develop original basic and applied research projects and lead research groups.
  • To be qualified to train professionals at a postgraduate level.

 


PLAN OF STUDIES


Curriculum Map

 

DISTRIBUTION OF ACADEMIC LOAD AND MINIMUM REQUIRED CREDITS* FOR OBTAINING THE

DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF SCIENCE IN FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCES

Academic Load

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

Semester V

Semester VI

Semester VII

Semester VIII

Total

Credits

Act.

Cred.

Act.

Cred.

Act.

Cred.

Act.

Cred.

Act.

Cred.

Act.

Cred.

Act.

Cred.

Act.

Cred.

Specialized courses

2

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Elective courses

 

 

1

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Seminar

1

6

1

6

1

6

1

6

1

6

1

6

 

 

 

 

36

Research**

 

 

6

6

6

6

6

6

4

40

Thesis**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50

50

Publishing**

 

 

20

 

 

10

10

10

50

Pre-doctoral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

16

Total

 

18

 

18

 

32

 

12

 

12

 

38

 

16

 

64

210

*According to Art. 27 of the Postgraduate Studies Regulation of the University of Sonora, the minimum number of credits for a doctorate is 195.

**Activity which will be performed during the entire study period and will be credited in the indicated semesters.

Act. = Activity and Cred. = Credits.

Seminars in semesters I and II are review seminars and, from semester III onwards, they are research seminars.

Course List

Basic courses

Biostatistics

Food Biochemistry

Physical Chemistry of Food

Food Microbiology

Nutrition

Food Chemistry

Food Rheology

Foundations of Toxicology

Specializing courses

Flour Quality and Baking

Entomology of grains and stored food products

Handling of grains and stored products

Grain microbiology

Dough rheology

Grain technology

Food Extrusion

Engineering properties of grains

Use of fishing by-products

Biochemistry of marine products

Quality control during the processing of marine products

Enzymes of marine origin

Physiology of marine products

Management and processing of marine products

Marine Food Microbiology

Toxicology of marine products

Advanced Biochemistry

Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins: Nutritional aspects

Design and evaluation of experiments

Physical chemistry of proteins

Microbial physiology and kinetics

Functional properties of foods

Food safety

Physiology and Biochemistry of grains and seeds

Elective courses

Activation of Xenobiotics

Carbohydrate chemistry

Lipid chemistry

Grain drying

Marine product packaging

Food quality evaluation

Sensorial evaluation of foods

Foundations of Chromatographic Methods: Theory and Practice

Advanced Food Chemistry

Advanced Food Toxicology Topics

Selected topics in aquaculture products

Selected topics in legumes

Selected topics in grains and oilseeds

Molecular and cellular biology

Selected Topics

 


LINES OF GENERATION AND/OR APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROGRAM


1. Agri-food Biotechnology

2. Functional and biological properties of food

3. Food handling, processing, conservation and safety

4. Chemical, biochemical and nutritional properties of food

 


CORE FACULTY


Name

 LGAC.

Email

Dr. Josafat Marina Ezquerra Brauer

3 and 2

ezquerra@guayacan.uson.mx

Dr. Benjamín Ramírez Wong 

3

bramirez@guaymas.uson.mx

Dr. Mario Onofre Cortez Rocha

2

mcortez@guayacan.uson.mx

Dr. Enrique Márquez Ríos

2

emarquez@guayacan.uson.mx

Dr. Maribel Plascencia Jatomea

1 and 3

mplascencia@guayacan.uson.mx

Dr. Francisco Javier Cinco Moroyoqui

4

fcinco@guayacan.uson.mx

Dr. Patricia Isabel Torres Chávez

2

pitorres@guayacan.uson.mx

Dr. Armando Burgos Hernández

1 and 2

aburgos@guayacan.uson.mx

Dr. Carmen Lizette Del Toro Sánchez

4

carmen.deltoro@unison.mx

Dr. Wilfrido Torres Arreola 3 wilfrido.torres@unison.mx
Dr. Rosario Maribel Robles Sánchez 4 rsanchez@guayacan.uson.mx
Dr. Ema Carina Rosas Burgos 1 carina.rosas@unison.mx
Dr. Francisco Rodríguez Félix 1 francisco.rodriguezfelix@unison.mx

 


HOW DO I ENROLL IN THIS GRADUATE PROGRAM?


Entrance requirements

  • Entrance application with photo.
  • Master's degree (original and copy)
  • Master's degree grade transcript with minimum average of 80/100 (copy). 
  • Certificate of grade point average if the transcript does not have it (original). 
  • Document that attests a TOEFL equivalent to a minimum score of 450 points (original). 
  • National Graduate School Entrance Exam (EXANI-III-CENEVAL), minimum score of 1000 points. 
  • Present an essay in oral and written form (free format, maximum 10 pages) with the tentative research topic, endorsed by a postgraduate professor.
  • Letter of commitment of exclusive dedication to the Doctorate Program. 
  • Complete curriculum vitae with official supporting documents. 
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors who are members of the SNI. 
  • Birth certificate (original and copy)
  • Unique Population Registry Code (CURP), for Mexican applicants.  For foreign applicants, student visa FM2 or FM9 (2 copies).
  • Voter ID (both sides) for Mexican applicants. For foreigner applicants, passport (copy). 
  • Marriage certificate, birth certificate of children and spouse (copy), if applicable.
  • If applicant has been a CONACYT scholarship recipient, attach letter of release.
  • Medical exam certificate.

 

Applicant Profile

Applicants to research oriented programs of the Food Technology and Sciences Postgraduate Degree must have an interest in scientific research in the foods industry. They must be able to research, obtain, understand and integrate scientific knowledge published internationally. Also, it is desirable for them to have experience and skills in laboratory work in the foods sector.

Furthermore, all students must have successfully completed their studies at the level immediately previous to the one they are applying for, and have acquired the following specific skills:

  • Basic terminology aspects in chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, toxicology, microbiology and food technology.
  • Foundations and main procedures used in chemical, biochemical, physical-chemical and microbiological analysis of foods.
  • Characteristics of the different states of matter and theories used to describe them.
  • Main characteristics of chemical elements in foods and their compounds.

The type of student that will be accepted into the program must have the following skills and abilities:

  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Comprehension of scientific texts written in English.
  • Skills for researching and obtaining information, in primary or secondary sources.
  • Skills for synthesis, report preparation and presentation.
  • Skills for the solution of problems related to qualitative and quantitative information.
  • Skills for putting theoretical knowledge into practice.
  • Practical skills and abilities. Manual dexterity for scientific and practical tasks.
  • Autonomous studying and learning abilities.
  • Abilities pertaining to computer tools and information technology.
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills for relating to other people and integrating into work groups.
  • Leadership.
  • Team work.
  • Decision making.
  • Numerical calculation skills, including magnitude valuation and order, proper use of measurement units, error analysis, statistic estimations, etc.
  • Ability to integrate quality as one of the most important variables to take into account in their daily tasks.
  • Ability to apply deductive reasoning and use their creative capability.
  • Ability to appreciate the need to respect life, the well-being of people, and the environment.

 


WHAT DO I NEED TO GRADUATE?


Graduation requirements

To obtain the doctorate degree, the student must:

  • Successfully complete all course credits and satisfy the other requirements established in the corresponding graduate program;
  • Certify comprehension of a language other than Spanish, as established by the Graduate Academic Committee of the respective study program.
  • Pass the degree examination in the written and oral phase before an ex-profeso appointed committee.
  • Comply with the provisions and requirements established by the Department of Academic Services for the issuance of the degree.

 

Degree options

A single modality is established to obtain academic degrees in the Postgraduate Program of Food Technology and Sciences.  This modality consists of two phases: written phase and oral phase. For this level, the written phase consists of an individual thesis which, aside from fulfilling the master's thesis requirements, must contain original research that allows for the furthering of knowledge in the foods field. The oral phase of the degree exam consists of successfully defending the thesis before the tutorial Committee, in accordance with articles 61 and 62 of the REP.

 


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STUDY THIS GRADUATE DEGREE?


Cost of the National Graduate School Entrance Exam (EXANI-III)

The applicant registration fee to study at the University of Sonora is published every year along with the new student admission announcement. See last year's information: https://dipa.unison.mx.

 

Enrollment and tuition fees

Pursuant to the Fee Regulation, when enrolling in one of the University of Sonora’s graduate degree programs, students must pay all corresponding fees based on the current minimum wage in the city of Hermosillo. See last year's information: fees and discounts per course http://www.serviciosescolares.uson.mx/

 


FURTHER INFORMATION


Dr. Francisco Rodríguez Félix

Program Coordinator

Rosales y Blvd. Luis Encinas s/n, Col. Centro, C.P. 83000, Edificio 5P. Hermosillo, Sonora.

posgradodipa@guayacan.uson.mx

Tel: +52 (662) 259 2207, +52 (662) 259 2209

https://dipa.unison.mx