The Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Arts and Systems prepares students for management positions in a wide variety of hospitality operations. In addition to instruction in classical culinary methods, students benefit from a broad range of liberal arts courses. Supervision and leadership skills are developed throughout the program. Students develop skills in guest service, beverage service, dessert preparation, and savory preparation while practicing in the school's fine-dining operations.

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About the curriculum

Classes

View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections
American Culinary Federation Education Foundation

The Culinary Arts Technology associate's degree (CY) is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). The core courses in the first two years of CY are essentially the same as the core courses in the first two years of the BCA major.

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Kitchen manager, sous chef, banquet chef, chef de cuisine, restaurant chef, personal chef, food service director, food stylist, and research and development chef.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for food service managers was $50,820 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $87,120.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Restaurants and Other Eating Places143,040$25.58$53,210
Special Food Services11,900$29.28$60,910
Traveler Accommodation8,770$31.51$65,550
Management of Companies and Enterprises7,570$33.48$69,640
Elementary and Secondary Schools5,040$29.38$61,110

Statistics reported in May 2016

Internship Requirement

Read more about the required internship.

Transfer Procedures

Individuals who have received a certificate, AOS, AST, AAS, or AS degree in culinary arts from an ACFEFAC-accredited program will be granted third-year status provided they have satisfied the academic core requirements of the first two years of Penn College's B.S. degree in Culinary Arts and Systems. All other potential transfers will be evaluated by the academic school dean and the registrar on a case-by-case basis.

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Tool List & Uniform Policy

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

Student Government Association (SGA)

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Hospitality Advisory Committee

  • Ms. Patricia Clark Paulhamus, Assistant Director Nutritional Services, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Ms. Diana G Cox, District Manager, Sodexo Senior Services
  • Mr. Francis A Daniele, Chef/Owner, Joanna's Italian Bakery
  • Mr. Michael R Davis, CEC, Culinary Director, Susquehanna Health - Aramark
  • Ms. Diane L Dorner, District Supervisor, Carrols Corporation
  • Mr. Robert Engle, Jr., Owner/Operator, Catherman's Home Made Candy & Extraordinary Cakes & Pastries, LLC
  • Mr. James M Fry
  • Mr. Paul Geisz, Owner, Village Tavern Restaurant & Inn
  • Ms. Carla Kline, Certified Dietary Manager
  • Mr. Thomas A Kowalcyk, Executive Chef, Toftrees Hotel and Golf Resort
  • Ms. Samantha Liedtka-Gundlach, Owner, Samantha's Kitchen
  • Mr. George Logue, III, Co-owner/Chef, Herman & Luther's
  • Ms. Heather Luse, Executive Pastry Chef, Pennsylvania State University
  • Mr. Kevin Nash
  • Mr. Kristan T Patterson, Chief Artisan Baker, Penn State University Bakery
  • Mr. Charles L Persun, Sous Chef, Wegmans
  • Mr. James W Purdum, CHA, Retired (PSU)

Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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