Culinary Arts


The Culinary Arts program leads to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and provides students with a culinary education that has depth and breadth as well as crucial work experience. The Culinary Arts program is designed to expose students to a broad range of career options to which they can add depth and specificity through their work experience during and after completing the curriculum.

Graduates of the program are prepared for positions as chefs, cooks and kitchen workers in restaurants, schools, health care and university food operations, and other institutions. If Culinary Arts students are interested in pursuing Apprenticeship status, an American Culinary Federation (ACF) qualified Culinary Arts faculty chef will assist students with securing and supervising the required employment.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Use professional written and oral communication skills to communicate effectively in food service operations.
  • Identify organizational structures and basic functions of departments within hospitality and food service environments.
  • Develop skills in knife, tool, and equipment handling and apply principles of food preparation to produce a variety of food products. 
  • Operate and care for equipment safely and correctly.
  • Apply the basic principles of sanitation and safety in food service operations.
  • Use critical thinking skills to assess and correct problems within food preparation, production, presentation, and service.


Program Entry Requirements:

Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Culinary Arts, students must complete a minimum of 64 credit hours as described and attain a grade point average of 2.0 or better. Some students may wish to take additional courses beyond program requirements.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation or
EASC 111H - Environmental Conservation (Honors)
 3 creditsScientific Reasoning
THM 110 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 3 credits 
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
 3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit
FNMT 118 - Intermediate AlgebraFNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement3 creditsQuantitative Reasoning
CULA 170 - Elementary Food Preparation, Principles, and Practices 4 credits 

Semester 2

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology 3 creditsTechnological Competency
CULA 171 - Quantity Food PreparationCULA 1704 credits 
CULA 151 - Elementary Baking and Pastry 4 credits 
THM 285 - Dining Room ManagementTHM 110, THM 276 or CULA 1703 credits 
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit

Semester 3


Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication 3 creditsOral Communication/Creative Exp
CULA 210 - American CuisineCULA 151CULA 1714 credits 
CULA 211 - International Cuisine 4 creditsCultural Analysis & Interpretation
CULA 220 - Culinary Arts Work Experience ICULA 1714 credits 

Semester 4


Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
CULA 270 - Advanced Food Production, Nutrition and FinishingCULA 210 and CULA 2114 credits 
CULA 288 - Culinary Arts Work Experience IICULA 220 and ENGL 1013 credits 
CULA 271 - Food & Beverage Revenue ManagementCULA 210 & CULA 2203 credits 
CULA 161 - Food Service Safety and Sanitation 2 credits 
CULA 240 - Modern Foods & TechniquesCULA 210 and CULA 211 and ENGL 1014 credits 



Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

* Students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions should choose their science elective based on the science requirements of their intended transfer institution.


For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room P2-13, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 496-6126; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.