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Courses for a Degree in Culinary Arts

A college degree in culinary arts focuses on the preparation, cooking, and presentation of food.

For this major you’ll take lots of culinary arts classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career in culinary arts.

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in culinary arts:

Culinary Arts Courses:

  • Food Safety
  • Intro to Gastronomy
  • Nutrition
  • Culinary Fundamentals
  • Product Knowledge
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Banquet Cookery
  • A la Carte Cooking
  • High Volume Production Cookery
  • Baking and Pastry
  • Garde Manger
  • World Cuisines
  • Menu Development
  • Customer Service
  • Wine Studies
  • Contemporary Restaurant Cooking
  • Contemporary Restaurant Service
  • Formal Restaurant Cooking
  • Formal Restaurant Service

Business/ Management Courses:

  • Management
  • Controlling Costs and Purchasing Food
  • Financial Accounting
  • Foodservice Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Leadership and Ethics

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology