Feb 08, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Culinary Arts Option, A.A.S. - Technical Studies


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The Culinary Arts Option is designed for students who are interested in becoming a professional chef or obtaining skills for a career in the culinary industry. Student success is a priority in this student-focused program offering a comprehensive curriculum and actual practice in all aspects of the culinary arts. Emphasis will be on the technical and management skills needed to work in restaurants and food service operations. Students will have the opportunity to apply and practice skills acquired in a real-world environment. This program provides a solid foundation for a great and exciting culinary career.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic industry terminology.
  • Practice standards in behavior, grooming, dress, and safety that reflect the mature work attitude expected of an industry professional.
  • Maintain high standards of sanitation and food safety as established by the ServSafe® program.
  • Develop skills in knife, tool and equipment handling and care, apply principles of food preparation to produce a variety of food products.
  • Demonstrate the overall concept of purchasing and receiving practices in quality food service operations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to convert, weigh and measure recipes.
  • Describe the characteristics, functions, and food sources of the major nutrients and maximize nutrient retention in menu planning, food preparation, and storage.
  • Develop skills in the fabrication, portioning, and yield costing of protein products.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in techniques for preparation and presentation of baking and pastry.
  • Demonstrate quality customer service including supervisory management, dining room service, guest service, working with others, and multi-tasking.
  • Apply the principles of menu planning, development, and execution.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills, based on operational theory and procedures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational structures within hospitality and food service establishments.

First Year


Fall Semester


Total Semester Hours: 16


Winter Session


Total Semester Hours: 14


Summer Session


Second Year


Fall Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Total Program Hours: 60


Humanities or Social Science General Education Courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved General Education  courses in the College catalog.

Technology General Education Courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved General Education  courses in the College catalog.

General Education Elective Courses


Courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved General Education  courses in the College catalog.

  • Credits: 3 (SP)
  • HOST 108 - Hotel and Restaurant Operations Credits: 3 (SP)
  • HOST 136 - Hospitality Marketing Credits: 3 (FA)
  • HOST 201 - Food and Beverage Management Credits: 3 (SP)

Developmental Courses


Sussex has embraced a practice of directed self-choice whereby students are encouraged, through guided conversations with an advisor, to best determine their readiness for this course. Students should be aware that Developmental Studies  exist and are available to help strengthen skills and encourage success. Pursuing testing and/or developmental courses is entirely up to the student. Further, testing, though providing a valuable reference point for reflection, does not create for the student an obligation to follow Accuplacer recommendations. 

The exception to this is where students seek enrollment in higher-level math courses. Students wishing to enroll in the following math courses are required to take and adhere to placement guidance from, the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, as part of Accuplacer, through the college’s testing center, for admission into any of the following courses: MATH 110, MATH 112, and MATH 113. Please note, courses in other disciplines may also require advanced mathematics placement. Students should check with their advisor. 

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