Culinary Arts

​Culinary Arts AAS Degree 201​7-1​8

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts ​AAS Degree

Schoolcraft program code # AAS.00087

The culinary arts associate degree program provides the skills necessary to enter food service occupations at advanced levels. The technical portion of the curriculum prepares students in quality food preparation, advanced food preparation, cost control, portion control, quantity baking, quantity pastry, advanced pastry, meat cutting, garde manger, dining room operation and classical cooking techniques. Food purchasing and storage functions, menu formulation, terminology, and decorative culinary skills are also covered.

This program contains some courses restricted to students officially admitted to this program. Additionally, C​UL 102 Culinary Sanitation or proof of current ServSafe certification as well as CUL 103 Introduction to Professional Cooking Skills and Techniques are pre-program requirements. The
college requirements portion of the curriculum is vital to students’ development.

All courses are not offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students who satisfactorily complete all college and program requirements qualify for an associate in applied science degree.

Curriculum Guide (PDF)

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Admission Prerequisites
These courses are pre-program requirements and not included in program totals.
CUL 102* Culinary Sanitation
CUL ​103 Introduction to Professional Cooking Skills and Technique 4

Total Credits: 6

First Year - Fall Semester
CUL 144 Baking 3
CUL 124 Breakfast and Pantry
CUL 125 Pastries 1 3
ENG 100
ENG 101
Communication Skills

English Composition 1


Total Credits: ​12

First Year - Winter Semester
CUL 142 Butchery 3
CUL 128 Introduction to Food Techniques
CUL 143 Dining Room Service 3
MATH 101
MATH 111
MATH 122
Business Mathematics

Applications-Utility of Math

Elementary Statistics



Total Credits: 12-13

First Year - Spring/Summer Session
CHEM 100 Introduction to the Chemistry of Food for Culinary Arts
ENG 106
ENG 102
Business English

English Composition 2

HUM 106 Introduction to Art and Music 1
CUL 241** Culinary Nutrition 2
Elective*** Select one course from the list below 3-4 

Total Credits: ​13-14

Second Year - Fall Semester
CUL 227 Restaurant Cooking and Preparation
CUL 215 Charcuterie
CUL 244 International and American Cuisine

Total Credits: 12

Second Year - Winter Semester
CUL 240
Pastries 2
CUL 242  Á la Carte  3
CUL 243 Storeroom Operations
PSYCH 153 Human Relations
Elective*** Select one course from the list below 3-4

Total Credits: 14-15

Select two courses from the classes listed below to fulfill the elective requirement:
ART 120 Drawing: Theory and Elements 3
BUS 122 Advertising 3
BUS 207 Business Law 1
BUS 217***
Business Management
BUS 220
BUS 226***
Principles of Marketing
CIS 120
Software Applications
CM 107**
Culinary Management-Food and Culture
CM 109**
Hospitality Law
CM 203**
Restaurant Concepts and Design
CM 210**
Wine and Spirits
CM 309** Culinary Law
CUL 247**
Banquets and Catering
CUL 260**
Competitive Ice Carving
CUL 267
CUL 295
Salon Competition 1
CUL 297 Salon Competition 2
NSF 360** Ensuring a Sustainable Food Supply 3

Program Total ​​​​63-66 Credits

* If student provides documentation of current ServSafe certification, C​UL 102 is not required. This course is also open to any Schoolcraft student.

** Signifies culinary course is open to any Schoolcraft student.

*** If BUS 217 or BUS 226 is selected, student must first complete the prerequisite course of BUS 101.

Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with a counselor or advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

The culinary arts program is certified by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF). Accreditation assures that a program is meeting standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services.

For more information on accreditation please contact:
American Culinary Federation
Wendy Laino, Accreditation Manager
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095

Schoolcraft Degree AAS - Associate in Applied Science
Another program code may be specified for specific programs, such as those used for Accounting through Welding.
Description By obtaining an associate in applied science (AAS) degree, students will be prepared to seek employment in their chosen field. To explore transferability options, it is recommended that students meet with a counselor or academic advisor.
Degree Focus Occupational (Transfer possible through articulation): Completion of a specified set of occupational courses that satisfy the development of occupational skills, as well as a broad distribution of liberal arts courses used to achieve a general education.
English Communication Minimum 6 credit hours.
Completion of a minimum of two English communication courses within a set of courses.
ENG 101 and ENG 102* or ENG 102 and ENG 221* or
ENG 102 and COMA 103* or ENG 221 and COMA 103*
ENG 100X and ENG 106X or ENG 100X and ENG 116X or
ENG 101 and ENG 106X or ENG 101 and ENG 107X or
ENG 101 and ENG 116X
Humanities* Minimum 1 credit hour.
Completion of a minimum of one humanities course.
Art, Communication Arts, English (Literature), Foreign Language, History+, Humanities, Music, Philosophy or Theatre
Mathematics Minimum 3 credit hours.
Completion of a minimum of one mathematics course.
Natural Sciences Minimum 3 credit hours.
Completion of a minimum of one natural science course.
Biology, Chemistry, Geography+, Geology, Nutrition or Physics
Social Sciences* Minimum 3 credit hours.
Completion of a minimum of one social science course.
Anthropology, Geography+, History+, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology
Major Area of Study Minimum 16-44 credit hours in a major concentration area which are identified and listed in the program requirements which are specific or supportive of the occupational goals.
General Electives Completion of a range of occupational or liberal arts courses that support the development of occupational skills or Schoolcraft College (SC) General Education requirements.
Course Level All courses that apply to this degree must be at the 100-through 400-level with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
Credit Requirement Minimum 60 credit hours.
Institutional Requirements Completion of all Schoolcraft College Core Abilities and a minimum of 16 credit hour associate-level Schoolcraft College General Education requirements in English, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences.
The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) may be used to fulfill the Schoolcraft College General Education requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: Students may not use the same History course to satisfy both the humanities and social sciences distribution area. Additionally, students may not use COMA 103* to satisfy both the humanities and English communications distribution area.
Only certain Geography courses can be used for a natural science or social science course.
Types of Courses There are three (3) types of courses that may be used toward fulfilling associate degrees at Schoolcraft College:
  1. Liberal ArtsL courses will typically transfer to another institution. They provide general knowledge and theory in the arts, language and communication, humanities, natural sciences, math and social sciences.
  2. Schoolcraft-only General Education courses are a set of Liberal Arts courses which provide general knowledge and application opportunities. Courses may or may not transfer to another institution.
  3. Occupational courses (BOLD) have a direct career relationship and focus on developing necessary knowledge and skills to enter the work force within the chosen field of study.
    Courses may or may not transfer to another institution. No SC occupational courses may be used toward SC General Education or to meet the requirements for MTA.
Courses that may transfer or be used toward fulfilling the requirements of general education at Schoolcraft College may be found on Schoolcraft College’s General Education and Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list. While applied or occupational courses provide immediate skill-building opportunities, their transferability and value should be discussed with a counselor or academic advisor.
Key ITALICIZED text = Courses that may only be used to satisfy Schoolcraft General Education requirements, but do not qualify to meet MTA requirements.
Non-ITALICIZED text = Every non-italicized course on this list may be used to satisfy the requirements of MTA.
* = Only these courses or combination of courses may be used to satisfy the final requirement for MTA Mathematics or English Communications.
Superscript L = Lab Science
Subscript X = Schoolcraft-only General Education. (Courses may or may not transfer to another institution.)
Superscript + = Students may not use the same History course to satisfy both the humanities and social sciences or COMA 103* to satisfy both humanities and English communications. Only certain Geography courses can be used for a natural science or social science course.
BOLD = Occupational Courses

Culinary Arts

Learn from Renowned Chefs in State-of-the-Art Kitchens

Our Program

  • Nationally recognized program
  • Certified Master and Executive Chefs on Faculty
  • One of the most advanced teaching kitchens in the country

What can I earn?*

  • Director of Dining Services: $59,662
  • Nutrition Services Director: $84,276
  • Hospitality Manager: $46,260
  • Assistant Brewers: $25,000-$30,000
  • Brewmasters: $34,000
  • Chef: $42,480
  • Cook: $30,120
  • Food and Beverage Manager: $54,850
  • Food Service Manager: $47,960
  • Baker: $30,920
  • Pastry Chef: $34,750

*Median salary according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Studying culinary arts at Schoolcraft College will give you the knowledge and hands-on experience to needed in preparing for a career in this growing field. Our experienced chefs and state-of-the-art kitchen and dining facilities also provide a real-world learning atmosphere.

Educational Options

Schoolcraft College offers five certificate and degree options in the Culinary Arts area:

Brewing and Distillation Technology Certificate

This program is intended for those who are interested in starting a career in brewing, expanding their current brewing knowledge and practice, or considering opening a brewpub or microbrewery.

Culinary and Dietary Operations Management BS

The Bachelor of Science degree is geared towards students with culinary experience who are interested in earning a degree that will prepare them for management positions in the food and nutrition industries.

Culinary Arts AAS

This provides the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain advanced-level positions in the restaurant and food-service industries.

Culinary Arts Certificate

This option provides the culinary foundation courses that prepare students for immediate entry in the workplace.

Culinary Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate

The certificate program provides students with skills and a foundation to begin a career in baking and pastry including restaurant or hotel kitchens.

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