Program Description

The Culinary Arts Associate Degree program is for learners who are passionate about food. If you are interested in becoming a professional cook, chef, baker, pastry chef, institutional cook, kitchen assistant, or other culinary professional, then this program is for you.

Learners will have the opportunity to practice and apply skills learned in cooking methods, baking, sanitation, menu planning, nutrition, dining room operations, fine dining, cost control and management. Learners will hone the skills necessary for developing and creating dishes that are visually appealing and full of flavor.

Restaurant professionals work long hours on their feet, multi-task and interact with the customer to provide an excellent dining experience.

Approximate Cost

$13,322
Tuition: $11784 , Books: $1538

Starting Salary

$25,370–$29,120
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

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Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
20-30%
at Antigo
20-30%
at Medford
20-30%
at Phillips
20-30%
at Spencer
20-30%
at Wittenberg
20-30%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Apply principles of nutrition
  • Demonstrate culinary skills
  • Analyze and manage food service financial information
  • Plan menus
  • Relate food service operations to sustainability
  • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operation

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Baker
  • Catering Manager
  • Banquet Chef
  • First Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Staff
  • Head Cook
  • Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Garde-Manger
  • Line Cook
  • Prep Cook

Courses

The Culinary Arts Associate Degree is a 61 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

SANITATION FOR FOOD SERVICE OPERATIONS 1.00
CULINARY FUNDAMENTALS 4.00
BAKING FUNDAMENTALS 2.00
BREAKFAST CUISINE 1.00
MID-DAY MEALS 1.00
COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES 1.00
WAIT STAFF TRAINING 1.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
MATH WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS 3.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00

Second Term

NUTRITION 2.00
SOUP & STOCK PRODUCTION 2.00
MEAT & FISH ESSENTIALS 3.00
MENU PLANNING, MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN 1.00
RESTAURANT SALES AND PROMOTION 1.00
CULINARY SKILLS PROJECT 1.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Third Term

THE SEASONAL KITCHEN AND PANTRY 2.00
RESTAURANT OPERATIONS 4.00
RESTAURANT COST CONTROLS 2.00
BAKING AND SPECIALTY DECORATING 2.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

Fourth Term

GARDE-MANGER / DECORATIVE FOODS 2.00
CULINARY INTERNSHIP 3.00
GOURMET FOODS 3.00
INTERNATIONAL CUISINE 2.00
RESTAURANT OPERATIONS 2 2.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways

Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Culinary Arts Associate Degree:

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Johnson & Wales University BS in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
UW Stout BS in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Admissions Process

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