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2023-2024 College Catalog 
  
2023-2024 College Catalog

Baking and Pastry Arts Option, A.A.S. - Technical Studies


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The Baking & Pastry Arts program option is designed for students who are interested in becoming a professional pastry 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 baking & pastry 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:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in basic industry terminology.
  2. Practice standards in behavior, grooming, and dress that are expected of an industry professional.
  3. Learn standards of sanitation and food safety as established by the SERV SAFE® program.
  4. Utilize proficiency in techniques of preparation and presentation.
  5. Develop skills in knife, tool, and equipment handling and apply principles of food preparation to produce a variety of food products.
  6. Describe the characteristics, functions, and food sources of the major nutrients and how to maximize nutrient retention in menu planning, food preparation and storage.
  7. Analyze quality customer service including guest service, supervisory management, the ability to work with others, and handling multiple tasks simultaneously.
  8. Apply the principles of menu planning and layout to the development of menus.
  9. Summarize the overall concept of purchasing and receiving practices in foodservice operations.

First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Total Program Hours: 60


*Students with additional Technical Studies Core courses must meet with the Program Supervisor to discuss changes with elective courses.

General Education Elective Courses


Choose from the list of approved General Education  courses in the College catalog.

Humanities Gen Education Courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses are listed below, but students can also choose from the approved General Education  courses in the College catalog.

Social Science General Education Courses (Recommended)


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

Students with additional Technical Studies Core courses must meet with their advisor to discuss changes with elective courses.

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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