AAS Culinary Arts degree

AAS Culinary Arts Degree (2013-2014)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Arts provides training in basic and advanced culinary skills and includes a practicum experience within a commercial kitchen. Concentrations include Culinary Arts, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Business/Hospitality specialties. Students are prepared for positions as professional chefs, cooks, and entry level management or for advancement in the food service industry.

Coursework articulates to Northern Arizona State University Hospitality and Restaurant Management Program.  A 2+2 program with Arizona State University, Food Service BAS degree is also available for those students who want to pursue a 4-year degree.

Culinary Arts AAS degree (65 Total Credits)
→Completion of Culinary Arts Certificate I and Culinary Arts Certificate II (25 credits)
→CUL290 Commercial Cooking Practicum (2 cr) (90 hours) Pre-req. CUL105 or NTR105; CUL130; and CUL160
General Education and CAC Degree Requirements  (23 credits)
Area of Concentration (15 credits)

General Education and CAC Degree Requirements (23 credits)
See College Catalog for course descriptions and pre-requisites

Written Communication (3 credits) ENG101 or ENG121
Oral Communication (3 credits) COM100 or higher COM course
Art and Humanities (3 credits)
Social and Behavioral Science (3 credits)
Physical and Biological Science (4 credits) May be fulfilled by NTR141. If so, select 4 additional credits from Electives.
Mathematics (3 credits) MAT101 or higher MAT course

Other Requirements

Physical Education Activity (1 credit) PAC or DAN course
Computer Competency (3 credits): AGB124 or CIS110 or higher or transferable computer competency course
Reading Competency: RDG094
Cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
Minimum 20 credits completed at CAC

Area of Concentration
Choose 15 credits from any of the three areas:

Culinary Arts Electives
CUL110 Asian Cuisine (1)
CUL112 Italian Cuisine (1)
CUL114 Mexican and Latin American Cuisine (1)
CUL121  Culinary Concepts (1)
CUL205  HACCP Principles (1)
CUL292 Study Abroad: Italian Cuisine and Culture (4)
NTR142  Applied Food Science (3)

Baking and Pastry Electives
CUL161  Cake Decorating (1)
CUL162 Cake, Fillings and Frostings (1)
CUL261 Advanced Cake Decorating (1)
CUL262 Wedding Cakes (1)
CUL263 Everything Chocolate (1)
CUL264  Confectionary Show Pieces (1)
CUL265  Artisan Breads (1)
CUL266  Advanced Pastry (1)
CUL268  Nutrition and Special Needs Baking (3)

Nutrition and Dietetics Electives
NTR135    Healthy Weight for Adults (1)
NTR191    Nutrition Counseling Skill Development (3)
NTR232A  Food and Culture (1)
NTR240    Clinical Nutrition (3)

Business/Hospitality Electives
ACC100   Fundamentals of Accounting (3)
BUS100   Introduction to Business (3)
BUS122   Small Business Management (3)
BUS123   Business Relations (3)
BUS180   Introduction to Marketing (3)
BUS201   Legal Environment of Business (3)
BUS250   Planning and Entrepreneurial Venture (3)
HRM100  Introduction to Hospitality (3)
HRM101  Facilities Management (3)
HRM102  Management of Guest Services (3)
HRM106  Supervision in the Hospitality Industry (3)
HRM208  Hospitality Law (3)


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