West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Culinary Arts C.A.S.

Culinary Arts
Certificate in Applied Science


This program is designed to provide a certificate of achievement in food preparation with one year of training. It emphasizes basic techniques of food preparation. Hands-on experience in the laboratory classes is included to build a foundation of basic cooking skills and commercial food sanitation skills. Upon completion of the program students are prepared to obtain positions as prep cooks and other entry level kitchen positions in restaurants, fast food establishments, hotels and other food service operations. The certificate program prepares students for a seamless transition to the Culinary Arts, Associate in Applied Science program.

Upon completion the student should be able to:
• 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
• 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
• Work with 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

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, and 159.

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

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
ENG 101 College Composition 1 - 3
MATH Math Core Requirement - 3(4)

Total hours in Program - 32-33


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