Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Schilling, M. Wes

Committee Member

Williams, J. Byron

Committee Member

Swortzel, Kirk A.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Food Science and Technology

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion


Historically, high school chemistry has been the predominate venue for introducing food science curriculum to students. The purpose of this research was to determine if high school students in a biology class without a chemistry background could comprehend eight basic food science principles equally as well as students in a chemistry class that were taught the same principles. This study assessed baseline knowledge of high school students, determined the effect of food science-based lessons on baseline knowledge and level of understanding, and determined the effect of food science-based lessons on students’ awareness of and interest in food science. Baseline knowledge and awareness of food science was low. Food science-based instruction resulted in higher post-test scores. Results indicated no differences between biology and chemistry and supported the idea of further incorporating a food science curriculum into high school biology.