The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Arts degree is designed to train students for entry-level positions in diverse food service operations. The program focuses on the preparation of casual and upscale cuisine for full-service, buffet, banquet, a la carte, and bakery operations. Students are exposed to all areas of professional food service including culinary techniques, safety, and sanitation, food service management, professionalism and ethics, teamwork and communication. Students will apply their knowledge and skills in a practical dining environment. Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Culinary Arts I (5155) and Culinary Arts II (5363) are fully embedded in this AAS. Additionally, graduates may pursue university transfer.
Students must meet with an Academic/Career Advisor.
Placement into college-ready level English, Reading, and Math or completion of equivalent coursework.
*SCC Culinary Arts Program:
Students applying to the Scottsdale Community College Culinary Program will need to submit a formal application prior to setting up a kitchen tour and interview.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
Students with transfer credits must meet with an advisor to initiate the review process.
Students must obtain a Maricopa County Food Handlers Card before the start of required courses, and must maintain the card throughout the program.
*SCC Culinary Arts Program:
SCC students must enroll concurrently in all courses in a block, regardless of previously completed coursework.
At SCC, a special fee of $875.00 is required each semester in addition to the regular tuition and registration fees.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Utilize classical and modern culinary techniques in the effective production of savory foods and baked/pastry products.
- Apply national standards to the safe and sanitary handling of food and industrial kitchen equipment.
- Practice comprehensive procedures for front and back of house operations that address purchasing, inventory, cost controls, menu planning, nutritional guidelines, and staffing.
- Practice professional and ethical behavior in the hospitality industry.
- Demonstrate effective critical thinking and communication skills to facilitate teamwork, customer service, and time management.
- Compose multiple flavors, textures, and colors into food and beverage products that are marketable to the appropriate food sector and reflective of industry trends.
- Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
$28,235 Show expanded career information for Bakers
Chefs and Head Cooks
$49,589 Show expanded career information for Chefs and Head Cooks
Fast Food Cooks
$25,333 Show expanded career information for Fast Food Cooks
Food Preparation Workers
$26,595 Show expanded career information for Food Preparation Workers
Food Service Managers
$50,031 Show expanded career information for Food Service Managers
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
$30,285 Show expanded career information for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
Private Household Cooks
$33,897 Show expanded career information for Private Household Cooks
$29,141 Show expanded career information for Restaurant Cooks
Short Order Cooks
$26,884 Show expanded career information for Short Order Cooks
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
$34,439 Show expanded career information for Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
- Cooks, All Other
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
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Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.
Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HU = Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design
- L = Literacy & Critical Inquiry
- MA = Mathematics
- SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
- SG = Natural Sciences General
- SQ = Natural Sciences Quantitative
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm13?id=175310).
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.