Culinary Arts (degree)

Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 61/62 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

The Culinary Arts AAS degree program prepares students with little or no culinary experience to move immediately into the workforce upon graduation as advanced line cooks or entry-level management positions in finer restaurants while earning a degree. No other local culinary school offers this option.

With small class sizes, the student will receive personal attention as s/he learns commercial kitchen functions, food characteristics, and preparation techniques in a fully equipped commercial kitchen. All students perform every laboratory project, ensuring competence and confidence in new culinary skills.

The training the student receives in sanitation will prepare him/her for the ServSafe Certification, a much needed and well-compensated requirement in the food service industry. In addition to these vocational skills, the student will gain academic knowledge that will give insight into restaurant and hotel management, increasing value to prospective employers.

The student will earn 12 credits toward a certificate through a business internship where s/he will apply the new skills and knowledge in real world settings.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be fully prepared for immediate entry into the field of culinary arts. The program prepares students for careers such as: cook, baker, assistant chef, sous chef, assistant manager, assistant pastry chef, caterer, food service inspector, and manager.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to

  1.  Perform basic kitchen applications.
  2.  Demonstrate time management proficiency while producing an industry acceptable product.
  3.  Obtain the National Restaurant Association ServSafe certification.


Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 16/17 Credits

CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
CULA 100Intro to Culinary Arts/Baking I 6.00
CULA 110Sanitation Principles 1.00
MATH 110Mathematics of Business 3.00
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
 TAOC Category Three 
BIOL 110Human Ecology & Heredity 3.00
CHEM 105Principles of Biological Chemistry 3.00
PHYS 110Introduction to Astronomy 3.00
 TAOC Category Four 
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester- 15 Credits

BUSM 112Principles of Management 3.00
CULA 115Prin of Cooking/Baking II 6.00
CULA 125Nutrition and Menu Planning 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
WRIT 103Writing For Business/Tech 3.00

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15 Credits

CULA 120Advanced Principles of Cooking 6.00
CULA 210Culinary Arts Internship I 6.00
PSYC 105Social Psychology 3.00
SOCI 231Cultural Diversity in American Soci 3.00
 TAOC Category Five (PSYC or SOCI) 

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

CULA 200Practical Cuisine 6.00
CULA 211Culinary Arts Internship II 6.00

Select one course from the following (total of 3 credits):

BUSH 241Human Resource Management 3.00
BUSH 230Event and Media Planning 3.00
BUSM 115Customer Relationship Management 3.00
BUSM 108Entrepreneurship 3.00

Course Descriptions

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3

CULA 100 - Intro to Culinary Arts/Baking I

This course provides an introduction to working in a commercial foods kitchen including safety principles; operation; care and cleaning of tools and equipment; basic food handling; and receiving and storage techniques. Baking and basic food preparation principles are covered with an emphasis on measurement and culinary calculations, following recipes, ingredient characteristics and integration. Customer service techniques are introduced. 5-2-6

CULA 110 - Sanitation Principles

This course examines sanitation principles and practices for the commercial foods kitchen. Students will apply the principles learned here to all other laboratory or intern settings. 1-0-1

MATH 110 - Mathematics of Business

The first part of the course reviews the mathematics fundamental not only to employment in business but also to intelligent participation in consumer life. Topics to be reviewed include fractions and decimals; ratio and proportion; units of measurement; and percentage. The second part of the course is devoted to business applications. Topics include trade and cash discounts; markup; simple interest; payroll; sales and property tax; and elementary statistical notions. 3-0-3

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

BIOL 110 - Human Ecology & Heredity

This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3

CHEM 105 - Principles of Biological Chemistry

This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3

PHYS 110 - Introduction to Astronomy

This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

BUSM 112 - Principles of Management

This course provides an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of current day managers. It focuses on the basic functions of the management process - Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling and on the application of these functions through case study application. (3-0-3)

CULA 115 - Prin of Cooking/Baking II

This course covers preparation of leading, small and specialty sauces; soups; stocks; pasta; rice; potatoe; salads; and vegetables. Additional baking principles are covered. Prerequisties: CULA100 and CULA110. 5-2-6

CULA 125 - Nutrition and Menu Planning

This course provides an introduction into the science of nutrition and its relationship to food preparation and menu planning. Students will explore foods and their nutrients; the human digestive system; and the role food preparation techniques have in the preservation of nutrients. Students will also explore and plan menus for special diet requirements. 3-0-3

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.

WRIT 103 - Writing For Business/Tech

Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3

CULA 120 - Advanced Principles of Cooking

Preparation of meats, fish, shellfish, and poultry utilizing dry and moist heat cooking methods will be emphasized. Topics include basic cutting and trimming of subprimal cuts of beef and pork; disjointing and de-boning of chicken; shellfish pre-preparation; and pre-preparation of foods for the various cooking techniques. Prerequisite: CULA115. 5-2-6

CULA 210 - Culinary Arts Internship I

The purpose of the Food Preparation and Services Internship is to provide the student with the opportunity to apply tasks to live situations. Individual internship plans will be developed for each student. Students may select an internship experience from a list of emphasis areas proposed by each site. Prerequisite: CULA115 Co-Requisite: CULA120 1-15-06

PSYC 105 - Social Psychology

This is the study of the individual’s interaction with his/her environment. Culture; socialization processes; attitudes; values; roles; and communication will be investigated as well as other factors, which influence personality development. 3-0-3

SOCI 231 - Cultural Diversity in American Soci

As reflected in the cultural diversity of the American society, this course examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender/gender roles, social class and sexuality in America from a sociological perspective within both the historical and contemporary context. This course also provides students with the opportunity to engage in a process of systematic self-examination so as to identify both their personal belief system on these topics as well as to explore their impact on the student's sense of identity. 3-0-3

CULA 200 - Practical Cuisine

Food preparation with emphasis placed on restaurant operations, menu planning and execution of meals, time management, costing and recipe development for special requests. Critical thinking, communication, leadership and customer service skills are incorporated into this course. 5-2-6 Prerequisite: CULA120.

CULA 211 - Culinary Arts Internship II

The purpose of the Food Preparation and Services Internship is to provide the student with the opportunity to apply tasks to live situations. Individual internship plans will be developed for each student. Students may select an internship experience from a list of emphasis areas proposed by each site. Prerequisites: CULA115, CULA120 Co-Requisite: CULA200. 1-15-06

BUSH 241 - Human Resource Management

This course uses the competitive advantage approach in the study of key human resource management (HRM) practices of recruitment, selection, training, compensation, performance appraisal, and employment law. Focus is on developing an understanding of the managers role in the HRM process and developing an understanding of how HRM practices can be successfully developed and implemented in the context of today's global environment. Prerequisite: BUSM112 3-0-3

BUSH 230 - Event and Media Planning

This course introduces students to special event planning processes and techniques. Emphasis is on successful planning, organizing, identifying sponsors, marketing, implementing, and evaluating large scale events. 3-0-3

BUSM 115 - Customer Relationship Management

The course covers the various theories of customer relationship management, customer management techniques, and how to interpret trends in relationship building, including socioeconomic and demographic changes. The course content also includes the elements of and potential impact of an effective two-way communication. 3-0-3

BUSM 108 - Entrepreneurship

This course explores the challenges and problems of small business operations including business plans and funding, forms and records, financial problems, ordering and inventory, layout of equipment and offices, methods of improving business, and employer employee relations. 3-0-3