Merced County Office of Education

 
Food Science-Gustine High School

  Food Science


 

Teacher:  Matt Baffunno
Email:  mbaffunno@gustine.k12.ca.us
Phone:
  (209) 854-6414


Class Description
UC approved ā€œgā€ Elective Credit

Food Science applies fundamental scientific principles to the research, development, manufacturing, packaging, storage, and marketing of all types of food products including fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy products and further processed foods. This applied, laboratory-based course, with a focus on food processing, is designed to educate you about functional components of foods, food safety, nutrition, sensory evaluation, quality assurance, new product development, food chemistry, food processing, engineering, and much more. Through an active, hands-on laboratory experience, students will explore the role of food within various contexts, investigate the management of food quality and safety, explore the processes involved in food production from farming to the science and physics of various types of food production.ā€‹

Teacher Information

Biography

Mr. Baffunno, a Los Banos native, teaches Internships in Agriculture I/II for Gustine High School. He attended local schools including Los Banos High School (1988-1992) and Merced College (1992-1994).He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Science, his California Credential in Agricultural Education for Secondary Agricultural Education at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (1994-1998) and his Masters of Science Degree in Agriculture 1998-2003).

Mr. Baffunno resides in Los Banos where he spends his free time watching sports, hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening and traveling.

Mission Statement

To inform students about the importance of agriculture and become more aware of agriculture in their everyday lives. I want others to know that without agriculture, life would be very different.4

Class Resources
Food Science Brochure