West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Culinary Arts, A.A.S.


Culinary Arts
Associate in Applied Science Degree


The Culinary Arts Program, accredited by the American Culinary Federation, is designed to meet the demands for well-trained food service personnel with an emphasis on development of basic techniques of commercial food preparation. Exposure to many facets of food preparation as well as nutrition, sanitation, menu planning, and personnel management used by the professional culinarian are included in the program. Hands-on experience is a high priority in the laboratory classes, building a solid foundation of basic cooking skills. Upon completion of the program students can obtain employment as cook, baker, sous chef, kitchen manager or supervisor, lead cook in restaurants, hotels, catering operations and other food service organizations. The program provides students with the opportunity to meet the requirements for certification by the American Culinary Federation.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
• Demonstrate expertise in preparation of breakfast, lunch and dinner items using ingredients that are wholesome, sanitary and nutritious
• Demonstrate baking principles to prepare and serve pastries and sweets
• Manage people with respect to their many diversities
• Select and prepare meat, seafood and poultry items for service; choose accompaniments for each dish emphasizing different cultures
• Use and care for equipment normally found in the culinary kitchen
• Develop an understanding of basic principles of sanitation and safety and ability to apply the sanitation principles of food preparation
• Develop skills in knife, tool and equipment handling and ability to apply skills in food preparation
• Develop skills in producing a variety of cold food products and buffet designs
• Apply fundamentals of baking and pastry preparation to a variety of products
• Demonstrate an understanding of quality customer service
• Prepare items for buffet presentations including tallow carvings, bread sculpting and ice carvings
• Prepare for transition from employee to supervisor
• Apply principles of menu planning and layout for development of menus in a variety of facilities and service options
• Apply knowledge of laws and regulations relating to safety and sanitation in the commercial kitchen

The program course requirements are presented in sequence. Part-time students and others who cannot follow this sequence should check course descriptions in the catalog to determine prerequisites and, in addition, should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they take courses.

Uniforms are required for CART 131, 145, 151, 159, 231, 240 and 241.

First Year - Fall Semester Cr. Hrs.
CART 121 Food Service Safety and Sanitation - 2
CART 124 Nutrition - 3
CART 131 Bakeshop - 3
CART 145 Elements of Commercial Food Prep and Production - 3
CART 159 Basic Food Science - 3
CIT 117 Microsoft Applications - 3

First Year - Spring Semester Cr. Hrs.
CART 125 Essentials of Dining Services - 3
CART 151 Meat, Poultry and Seafood Preparation - 3
CART 175 Advanced Food Science - 3
CART 251 Internship - 4
MATH Math Core Requirement* - 2(4)

Second Year – Fall Semester Cr. Hrs.
CART 223 Personnel Supervision for the Hospitality Industry - 3
CART 235 American Cuisine - 3
CART 240 Garde Manger - 3
ENG 101 College Composition - 3
SS SS Core Requirement - 3

Second Year – Spring Semester Cr. Hrs.
CART 231 Pastry Preparation - 3
CART 241 Classical Cuisines - 3
CART 245 Menu, Purchasing and Cost Control - 3
CART 275 Senior Seminar (Capstone) - 1
H UM Humanities Core Requirement - 3

Total Hours in Program - 60-62

Student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in general education courses. Students who take 2 credits in math will be short 1 credit hour. Please work with your academic advisor.



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