The Culinary Arts Associate Degree is a 62 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

SANITATION FOR FOOD SERVICE OPERATIONS (10316100)

1.00

Development of skills to follow sanitation and hygiene provisions in state codes. Focuses on the challenges to food safety, developing a food safety system, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, working in a safe environment and maintaining sanitary facilities and equipment. Certification through the National Restaurant Associate is a requirement for completion and can be used to apply for state certification.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • ServSafe Manager Certification

CULINARY FUNDAMENTALS (10316101)

4.00

Food science principles applied to professional culinary food preparations. Units include professional kitchen operation, recipe terminology, culinary math and cooking techniques for various food categories. In addition, careers in the culinary industry are explored; including professionalism, ethics and etiquette.

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BAKING FUNDAMENTALS (10316102)

2.00

Utilize baking principles and procedures for producing quick breads, yeast breads, cookies, cakes and pies. Learners will calculate product costs, weigh and measure ingredients, mix, shape, bake, garnish, package and merchandise bakery products.

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BREAKFAST CUISINE (10316104)

1.00

Applies techniques involved with cooking breakfast food such as: eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles and breakfast meats.

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MID-DAY MEALS (10316105)

1.00

Experience in producing lunch meals through the use of grills, fryers, ovens and steamers. Service experience includes cafeteria line work and fast food delivery.

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COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES (10316106)

1.00

Identify and prepare a variety of grains, legumes, potatoes, pasta and rice. Learners will create a variety of dishes utilizing complex carbohydrates.

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WAIT STAFF TRAINING (10316119)

1.00

Explore the art of service and the importance of front of the house work in the culinary program. Learners learn how to properly interact with guests and provide high quality customer service. Examine the proper techniques of table service, obtaining guest orders, interacting with the kitchen staff and creating a professional atmosphere.

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MATH WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS (10804123)

3.00

This course covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuity, apply math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, apply math concepts to the selling process and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.

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COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Mathematics

NUTRITION (10316107)

2.00

Focuses on the six major nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and water) and how each is used by the body. The planning of well-balanced diets and nutritional analysis of diets are emphasized.

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SOUP & STOCK PRODUCTION (10316109)

2.00

Introduces the preparation of clear, cream, puree and specialty soups. Learners will prepare basic stocks and soups. Additionally learners will evaluate convenience soups and stocks for quality and cost.

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MEAT & FISH ESSENTIALS (10316110)

3.00

Identify fish, meat or poultry by carcass, primal, sub primal and fabricated cuts of meat. Learners will explore the use of fish, meats and poultry by comparing both yield grades and quality grades. Hands-on meat fabrication, meat grinding, meat smoking and sausage making will be explored.

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MENU PLANNING, MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN (10316112)

1.00

Plan and prepare menus for a variety of food operations and budgets. Projects will include designing, pricing and menu analysis.

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CATERING (10316113)

1.00

Explores set-up and operation principles for catering, deli and take-out food and buffet and banquet management.

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RESTAURANT SALES AND PROMOTION (10316120)

1.00

Examine sales and promotion strategies used in the restaurant industry. Study of attracting new customers, setting prices, developing visually appealing menus and displays, and investigating innovative methods of attracting and keeping customers.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (10809199)

3.00

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

THE SEASONAL KITCHEN AND PANTRY (10316111)

2.00

Provides the learner with skills in choosing quality farm-fresh produce and utilizing staples found in a pantry. Learners will incorporate a variety of elements as they create a healthy menu such as salad greens, fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses in meal preparation.

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RESTAURANT OPERATIONS (10316114)

4.00

Prepare foods in a lab setting while participating in various stations that are typically found in a restaurant. Learners will establish skills in serving, cooking, and customer service.

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RESTAURANT COST CONTROLS (10316115)

2.00

Examine the concepts and techniques of controlling costs with an emphasis on determining the sales price based on cost inputs, and utilizing break-even calculations. Learners will calculate the cost of goods, overhead, and selling price. Learners will determine the resources needed to run various restaurant operations.

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BAKING AND SPECIALTY DECORATING (10316121)

2.00

Creation of baked goods alogn with high-end decorating techniques are practiced throughout this course. Learners will utilize their creative side as they design and produce attractive presentations.

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ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES (10809172)

3.00

Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relationships in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability and religion are explored.

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GARDE-MANGER / DECORATIVE FOODS (10316108)

2.00

Experience in sanitation, quality standards and methods of food storage. Learners will advance their knife skills as they cut, chop, carve and dice. Additionally, learners will be preparing and presenting cold foods such as soups, meats, cheeses and produce.

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CULINARY INTERNSHIP (10316116)

3.00

Provides the culinary student the opportunity to apply cooking skills in a production environment. Ideally, learners will be working in a food service establishment where tickets are generated and food is prepared to order.

GOURMET FOODS (10316118)

3.00

Utilizing the culinary skills learned throughout the program, learners will create high-end foods utilizing a variety of cooking techniques. Emphasis will be on presentation, flavors, cooking skills and time management as learners work in a production environment.

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PROFESSIONAL CAKE DECORATING (10316122)

1.00

Utilize advanced cake decorating principles and procedures for producing cakes using modern and classic techniques. In this hands-on course, learners will utilize bakeshop tools and equipment practicing skills in producing complex cakes.

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INTERNATIONAL CUISINE (10316125)

2.00

ExploreS various international cusines in a professional foodservice setting. Learners will plan menus, prepare and produce the various cuisines and serve.

RESTAURANT OPERATIONS 2 (10316126)

2.00

Expand on the skills of Restaurant Operations while applying costing, menu development, and management skills. Learners will work in a restaurant setting for the entirety of this class experiencing the day to day challenges found in food service.

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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