Culinary Arts Degree

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Graduates are prepared to enter the fast-paced and exciting culinary field as entry-level cooks, lead cooks, or kitchen station supervisors.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT or AAS-T Degree

Approx. # of Quarters: 5

Estimated Cost: $10,923.40

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.

Emphasizes fine dining food production skills combined with professional service training and food-management techniques. Food production courses emphasize quality food preparation.

Potential employers include fine dining establishments, hotels, resorts, catering kitchens, clubs, and executive dining services. In combination with additional study and experience, this degree can place graduates on a career ladder that could lead to positions such as restaurant manager, catering/banquet manager, sous-chef and executive chef.

Students train in aspects of culinary arts food service operations and management. The program emphasizes preparation of food for healthy lifestyles and is designed to exceed the standards set by the American Culinary Federation and the National Restaurant Association’s Professional Management Development Program. The program combines classroom study and work-site learning in college restaurant operations.

The two degree options in this program are the Associate in Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate of Applied Science–T (AAS-T) the different requirements for each degree are listed below.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (15 credits)

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition or CMST& 220 (or higher)
  • MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (20 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

  • 5 credits in communication: ENGL& 101
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement (PSYC& 100DIV or SOC& 101DIV)
  • 5 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Employability Requirement: All food workers (includes those that work with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or with any surface where people put unwrapped food) are required (Chapter 246-217 WAC) to have a valid food worker card to work in Washington.

Program Length: This program is approximately five quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements. In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: None.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
CUL 104 Sanitation in Food Service Operations 3
CUL 107 Professional Cooking I 7
CUL 109 Cooking Methods I 7
CUL 111 Food Preparation I 3
CUL 113 Introduction to Baking 3
CUL 117 Professional Cooking II 7
CUL 119 Food Preparation II 3
CUL 123 Cooking Methods II 7
CUL 127 Professional Cooking III 7
CUL 132 American Regional Cuisine 3
CUL 135 Food Preparation III 3
CUL 139 Cooking Methods III 7
REST 103 Food & Beverage Cost Control 4
REST 107CAP Kitchen & Dining Management 3
REST 109 Marketing/Public Relations 3
REST 112 Restaurant Dining 7
REST 115 Catering Production 3
REST 119 Operations Management 4
REST 122 Food Service Nutrition 4
REST 126 Finance and Accounting 4
REST 131 Business Plan Development 4
REST 133 Beverage Service Management 4
REST 137 Hospitality Law 4
  Technical Course Requirements (Total) 104
  General Education Requirements (See listing above) 15
Computer Literacy Requirement CAS 130 (Excel I) to meet computer literacy degree requirement (or successful completion of computer literacy exam) 3
  Total Credits for Completion of AAT Degree 122

AAS-T Program Requirements

Technical Course Requirements (Same as AAT) 104
General Education Requirements (See listing above) 20
Computer Literacy Requirement
CAS 130 (Excel I) to meet computer literacy degree requirement (or successful completion of computer literacy exam)
Total Credits for Completion of AAS-T Degree 127
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