Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts, Associate Degree

  • Give yourself a competitive edge in today’s job market and earn your associate degree. You can continue your studies as either a full or part-time student—the choice is yours!

    Continue your studies full-time for one additional semester to earn your associate degree. Part-time students have the option to enroll in one course a semester if they are working full-time, which allows them to make progress towards degree completion.

    Start with our 16-month Culinary Arts Certificate or Baking and Pastry Certificate and add 12 credits of liberal studies courses. Choose to complete your final semester of classes on campus or online.

    Enjoy working hands-on with food in the kitchen laboratory, get paid work experience during a culinary externship, and develop your critical thinking skills with four Liberal Studies courses.

    A Few of the Things You Will Study

    • Classical, contemporary, and international cooking or baking methods
    • Artistic plate presentations
    • Food purchasing and cost controls
    • Restaurant management
    • Wine appreciation and beverage management
    • Industry food trends and menu design
    • Management and motivation of employees
    • Leadership and communication skills
    • Computer applications in food service
    • English, natural science, social science, and humanities 

    Why Choose the Associate in Applied Science Degree Option?

    • More time working with food. Up to 50 percent more hours in the kitchen lab than comparable programs will sharpen your skills.
    • Small class sizes guarantee you receive the personal instruction you need from your chef. 
    • Interviews with top chefs right on campus means you have the opportunity to compete for positions at high-quality resorts and restaurants.
    • Paid externship.
    • Complete your liberal studies requirement in one semester.
    • Finish your degree in two years or less.