Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts - AAS

Effective term: 
2016 Fall
Final term: 
2018 Summer
Total credits required: 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in the Culinary Arts program is designed to train students who wish to become professional chefs. The program requires 35 hours per week in direct class participation. Students must enroll concurrently in all courses in a block regardless of previously completed coursework. Students rotate through all areas of food preparation at lunch and also at dinner. A casual lunch dining room is operated in the first semester and a formal dining room is operated in the evening by the second semester students, providing practical work experience to enhance the lab experience. The option of a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Culinary Arts is also available.

Program notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program. Students must enroll concurrently in all courses in a block, regardless of previously completed coursework.

++ indicates any suffixed courses.

Admission criteria

Formal application and admission to the program is required. A special fee of $600.00 is required each semester in addition to the regular tuition fees. Placement into 100-level English, reading and math classes on the ASSET test or completion of equivalent coursework.

Block 1
CUL115Food Service Sanitation, Safety and Stewarding 2
CUL120Food Costing, Purchasing and Inventory Control 2
CUL130Hot Foods I 3
CUL140Culinary Principles and Kitchen Management I 3
CUL150Garde Manger I 2
CUL160Bakery and Pastry Production I 3
CUL170Dining Room Operations I 2
Block 2
CUL210Menu Planning and Facilities Design 2
CUL220Food Service Nutrition 2
CUL230Hot Foods II 3
CUL240Culinary Principles and Kitchen Management II 3
CUL250Garde Manger II 2
CUL260Bakery and Pastry Production II 2
CUL270Dining Room Operations II 3
Restricted Electives
CUL+++++ Any CUL Culinary Arts course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses 1-6
FRE+++++ Any FRE French courses 1-4
HRM+++++ Any HRM Hotel Restaurant Management courses 1-6
MGT+++++ Any MGT Management courses 1-6
SPA+++++ Any SPA Spanish courses 1-4
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 22-27
General Education CoreCredits 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 6
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area. 3
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR equivalent as indicated as assessment. 0-3
MathematicsCredits 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area. 3-5
General Education DistributionCredits 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area. 3
Natural SciencesCredits 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4
  1. Identify, describe and apply the principles and techniques of food service safety and sanitation. (CUL115)
  2. Describe and perform the functions of stewards in a contemporary kitchen. (CUL115)
  3. Identify, describe and apply food service cost control techniques and procedures. (CUL120)
  4. Identify, describe and practice the techniques and procedures used in the preparation of a variety of hot foods commonly produced in grill kitchens. (CUL130)
  5. Trace the historical background of the culinary profession and identify the principles and terminology used in contemporary kitchen work and administration. (CUL140)
  6. Identify fruits, grains, pasta, vegetables, herbs, spices, cheeses, chocolates, stocks and sauces and describe their utilization in food preparation and menu development. (CUL140)
  7. Identify, describe and practice the food preparation, cooking, and presentation techniques and methods that are basic to Garde Manger work. (CUL150)
  8. Identify, describe and apply the methods and procedures used in operating a hotel or restaurant kitchen including ordering, scheduling and producing pastries and baked goods. (CUL160)
  9. Identify, describe and practice the basic elements of dining room service and operations. (CUL170)
  10. Describe and apply the techniques of menu planning and kitchen design for a variety of food service operations. (CUL210)
  11. Identify basic nutrition concepts and describe the nutritional concerns of restaurants and other food service operations. (CUL220)
  12. Apply classical skills to hot food preparation and service necessary in a fine dining kitchen. (CUL230)
  13. Define cooking and food service terminology and describe the techniques and methods used in advanced food preparation including fish, shellfish, game, beverages and international cuisines. (CUL240)
  14. Describe kitchen management functions and practices including staff hiring, training and evaluation, record maintenance utilizing point of sale system resources, and cost accounting procedures. (CUL240)
  15. Identify and describe laws and labor issues affecting a food service operation. (CUL240)
  16. Demonstrate the advanced skills required in a Garde Manger department including food preparation and presentation, proper storage of foods, and the maintenance of sanitation and hygiene standards. (CUL250)
  17. Demonstrate the techniques and procedures necessary for operating a bakery or pastry shop including ordering, scheduling, and producing French and American baked goods and pastries. (CUL260)
  18. Practice the elements necessary to operate a formal dining room and plan and prepare a room for banquet and buffet service. (CUL270)