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Culinary Arts

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AOS Degree – Code #0578

Debra Burch, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
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The courses train students in the principles applied to culinary arts. The goal is to prepare men and women for supervisory positions, and culinary positions that require special skills and knowledge of food and business. By learning fundamental and advanced culinary principles in the food service industry and employing the techniques of menu planning, preparation, and supervision in the lab classes, the students develop skills, confidence, and critical thinking.


  • Students may earn manager sanitation certification from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association as part of the program.
  • Graduates have the option of applying for readmission into a dual-degree program, whereby they may obtain a second degree in baking, production and management in one additional year.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret and comply with prevailing food safety regulations.
  • Create products from complex recipes.
  • Successfully vie for employment or continuing education in the food service industry.
  • Productively utilize typical culinary equipment.
  • Establish product and plate cost for menu items.
  • Demonstrate the relationship among menu, equipment, layout, and design.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State culinary arts graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program. Graduates who have credit for freshman composition, statistics, literature, history, and speech may complete the BBA program in two additional years; others may complete the BBA program in two-and-one-half years.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Chef Manager
  • Cook
  • Sous Chef
  • Chef
  • Production Manager
  • Health Care
  • Food Service Manager
  • School Servicer
  • Caterer
  • Food Sales Representative
  • Food Marketing
  • Dining Room Manager

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 25 percent are employed; 75 percent continued their education.


In addition to regular college expenses, the student must purchase a probe thermometer, calculator, uniform package, and uniform laundry service from the Alfred State Campus Store. Uniforms may cost approximately $360 to $460. The uniform laundry service is approximately $60 per semester. It is mandatory for all culinary arts students to have at least a five-meal, meal plan. First-semester textbooks cost approximately $500, and approximately $100 each succeeding semester.

Related Programs

Culinary Arts: Baking, Production and Management

Required Tools/Equipment

A list of required tools, equipment, PPE, etc. for the program mentioned above can be found at

A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering this degree program. Laptop specifications are available at

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Knowledge of basic math, reading, and writing skills.

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Technical Standards

Applicants in the culinary arts program must meet the following curriculum requirements:

  • Perform all lab functions.
  • Work in a high-paced and crowded lab environment for several hours a day.
  • Capability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Identify degree of product doneness.
  • Operate all kitchen equipment, including knives.

Certification Or Licensure

Students may earn manager sanitation certification from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association as part of the program.

Culinary Arts - AOS Degree  



CULN 1083 Food Safety & Service Training 3
CULN 1143 Culinary Foundations 3
CULN 1373 Purchasing & Cost Control 3
CULN 1479 Kitchen Fundamentals 9


CULN 2043 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
CULN 2183 Menu Planning 3
CULN 2263 Cooking Techniques & Preps 3
CULN 2479 Culinary Preparations 9


CULN 3253 Beverage & Fermentation 3
CULN 3353 Hospitality Supervision 3
CULN 3479 Advanced Culinary Preparation 9
CULN 3173 Intl Cook, Garde Manger & Baki 3


CULN 4033 Intro to Food Science & Techno 3
CULN 4163 Advanced Cuisine 3
CULN 4253 Hospitality Management 3
CULN 4479 Culinary Capstone 9


A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.