A.A.S., Culinary Arts

Our Associate of Applied Science curriculum* with a Culinary Arts concentration is designed to give you the expertise needed to enter the food service or restaurant industry in a mid-level position. Completion of this rigorous 60-credit-hour degree program qualifies you for employment in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, snack bars, retirement homes and other places. 

Requirements for this degree include 16 credit hours for general education, 4 credit hours for support courses, and 40 credit hours for specialization courses. Your study in the culinary arts world includes theory and practice, as well as the opportunity to receive your sanitation certificate, a must-have for work in this field. 

Empowered to Succeed

As a graduate of the A.A.S. in Culinary Arts program*, you will be prepared to:

  1. Understand concepts focused on culinary techniques, procedures, styles, and services.
  2. Apply knowledge and show proficiency in culinary specifications and categories, as well as structure organizational skills.
  3. Apply basic and advanced food preparation techniques to culinary skills.
  4. Demonstrate safe handling and use of food, cooking equipment and tools.

*The general education core for this degree complies with guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).

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