Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Technology Degree / Associate in Applied Science – T Degree

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

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Culinary Arts degree, students will:

  • Use culinary tools, equipment, and food products according to the principles of food production and safety.
  • Apply food safety and sanitation procedures in preparation of food products in the kitchen.
  • Plan menus for a variety of food service events.
  • Use principles of nutrition to ensure maximum nutrient retention during food preparation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and lead other students by acting as lead cook and sous chef.
  • Perform business math skills when using bookkeeping systems employed in the restaurant industry.
  • Use leadership, customer service, and interpersonal skills in support of management of a kitchen.
  • Summarize the test standards and information in order to pass the ServSafe examination.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

None.

Program Course List

CUL 104Sanitation in Food Service Operations

3

CUL 107Professional Cooking I

7

CUL 109Cooking Methods I

7

CUL 111Food Preparation I

3

CUL 113Introduction to Baking

3

CUL 117Professional Cooking II

7

CUL 119Food Preparation II

3

CUL 123Cooking Methods II

7

CUL 127Professional Cooking III

7

CUL 132American Regional Cuisine

3

CUL 135Food Preparation III

3

CUL 139Cooking Methods III

7

REST 103Food & Beverage Cost Control

4

REST 107CAPKitchen & Dining Management

3

REST 109Marketing/Public Relations

3

REST 112Restaurant Dining

7

REST 115Catering Production

3

REST 119Operations Management

4

REST 122Food Service Nutrition

4

REST 126Finance & Accounting

4

REST 131Business Plan Development

4

REST 133Beverage Service Management

4

REST 137Hospitality Law

4

Total Credit Hours:104

AAT Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

104

AAT General Education Requirements

18

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

Total Credit Hours:125

AAT General Education Requirements: See list below

Computer Literacy Requirement: CAS 130 (Excel I) recommended to meet computer literacy degree requirement or successful completion of computer literacy exam

AAS-T Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

104

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

23

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

Total Credit Hours:130

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements: See list below

Computer Literacy Requirement: CAS 130 (Excel I) recommended to meet computer literacy degree requirement or successful completion of computer literacy exam

General Degree Requirements

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

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (18 credits)

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Note: CMST& 220 or higher

PSYC& 100DIV: PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other social science or humanities course that meets the diversity requirement

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements (23 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& 101English Composition I

5

5 credits in quantitative reasoning

MATH& 107Math in Society

5

MATH& 141Precalculus I

5

MATH& 142Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry

5

MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics

5

MATH& 151Calculus I

5

5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

5 credits in social science, humanities, or science

choose one from the following:

ART& 100Art Appreciation

5

ASL& 121American Sign Language I

5

ASL& 122American Sign Language II

5

BIOL& 160General Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 241Human A & P I

5

BIOL& 242Human A & P II

5

BIOL& 260Microbiology

5

CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab

5

CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry

5

CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry

5

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

GEOL& 110Environmental Geology with Lab

5

HIST& 146US History I

5

HIST& 147US History II

5

HIST& 148US History III

5

HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities

5

MUSC& 105Music Appreciation

5

PHYS& 114General Physics I with Lab

5

POLS& 202American Government

5

PSYC& 100

5

PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology

5

PSYC& 220Abnormal Psychology

5

SOC& 101

5

3 credits in College Success:

COLL 102College Success for All

3

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

Physical Activity Requirements

This occupation requires the ability to stand, walk, and perform repetitive motions for extended periods of time and lift up to 50 lbs. Students must be able to meet these physical requirements in order to complete lab requirements and obtain employment in this field.

Employability Requirements

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

Program Length

This program is a combination of online, classroom, and practical experience in our on-campus restaurant. 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.