Accredited by the ACFEFAC

(Effective Fall 2020)

Prepares students for culinary production and entry-level supervisory positions in restaurant, food service and related hospitality industry employment. The immersive curriculum combines theory with applications in knife skills, cooking methods, recipe analysis, production planning, menu planning, cooking a variety of cuisines, and product costing. Guest service strategies for dining room and beverage service enhance the employability of the graduate of this program. Internship/work experience is required with options for study abroad.

Career Opportunities

Entry to mid-level, task specific jobs, entry to mid-level supervisory and management positions in restaurants and the food service industry. Career opportunities include: Sous Chef, Chef De Cuisine, chef-manager, Certified Culinarian®*, kitchen manager, line chef, garde manger, steward, catering, specialty retail, private club, continuing care community, and gaming industry. Entrepreneurship is possible for those with recommended business courses or degree.

*With membership and application to the American Culinary Federation.

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong background in high school math, reading and written communication is required, as is a working knowledge of keyboarding and personal computers. Strong manual dexterity and mechanical skills are highly desirable.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see ).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate culinary theory through execution of food preparation techniques, artistry, and creativity.
  • identify and produce classical, American regional, and international cuisines, incorporating sustainability concepts.
  • establish, encourage, and maintain personal and professional attitudes and appearance standards.
  • maintain industry standards of sanitation and safety.
  • employ organoleptic analysis to evaluate the tastes of food and beverage.
  • plan, execute, and evaluate menus and events.
  • employ control systems and techniques, and practice business ethics and fiscal responsibility.
  • recognize, differentiate, and implement service philosophies that deliver positive guest experiences.
  • employ motivation and problem-solving techniques while supervising a hospitality operation.
  • integrate concepts of nutritional health and well-being into menus.
  • research and design efficient hospitality operations and equipment layouts.

Performance Standards

The Culinary Arts degree student will be required to meet all the uniform and personal appearance standards specified under “Additional Information” on the academic school web site and supported by national food code. Uniform standards for all food preparation, dining room and special events or as noted by the course requirement will be strictly enforced.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
FHD101 Foundations of Professional Cooking 3 1 6 M REQ
FHD117 Purchasing 2 2 M REQ
FHD118 Sanitation 1 1 M REQ
NSC National Sanitation Certification   M NSC
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH Mathematics Elective 3   S MTH
FHD142 Professional Table Service 2 .50 4.50 M REQ
FHD212 Applications of Professional Cooking 3 1 6 M REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FHD104 Careers in Hospitality 1 1 M REQ
FHD125 Menu Planning and Cost Control 3 3 M REQ
FHD137 Introductory Baking 3 1 6 M REQ
FHD151 Introduction to the Modernist Kitchen 1 3 M REQ
FHD295 Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie Applications 1 3 M REQ
FHD321 American Regional Cuisines 3 1 6 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
FHD216 Nutrition Concepts 1 1 M REQ
FHD217 Nutrition and Wellness 1 3 M REQ
FHD268 Facilities Planning 3 3 M REQ
FHD227 Location Based Catering 2 1 3 M REQ
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FHD269 Culinary Internship 1 M REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
SPC Speech Elective 3   S SPC
FHD228 Beverage Management and Service Applications 3 2 3 M REQ
FHD315 Global Cuisine and Connections 3 1 6 M REQ
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
AAP Core Applied Arts Perspective 3   S AAP
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
FHD395 Culinary Capstone 3 1 6 M REQ
FHD213 Sustainability of Food Systems 1 3 M REQ

Additional Information

Dress Code: Professionalism is the signature of this degree, and is the expectation for performance and appearance. Uniform and personal appearance standards are strictly enforced. Students are required to be clean-shaven (neat mustache above the lip is allowed), have properly contained hair (top of ear and back of collar for men; tied up and under hat for women, utilizing a net if necessary - no protruding bangs). In labs, no excessive makeup and no jewelry are allowed, including rings, watches and earrings or visible piercings of any style. Students in Table Service and/or Wine and Beverage Practicums may wear appropriate cosmetics, a watch, a single set of post-style earrings. Hair must be restrained - the utilization of a French braid or discrete pinning/styling is required.