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.

Student 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:

New students are required to take College placement tests at the time of entry. 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 65 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 Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
CULA 161 - Food Service Safety and Sanitation   2 credits  
THM 110 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry   3 credits  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra   3 credits Mathematics
CULA 170 - Elementary Food Preparation, Principles, and Practices   4 credits  

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts   3 credits Tech Comp
CULA 171 - Quantity Food Preparation 4 credits  
CULA 151 - Elementary Baking and Pastry   4 credits  
NUTR 106 - Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyle   3 credits  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  ENGL 102, Info Lit

Semester 3


Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
HIST 142 - Food History   3 credits  Humanities, Am/Global
Studies, Writing
CULA 210 - American Cuisine CULA 151, CULA 161CULA 171 4 credits  
CULA 211 - Techniques of Garde Manger and International Cuisine CULA 151CULA 161CULA 171 4 credits  
THM 285 - Dining Room Management THM 110,  CAHM 170 3 credits  
THM 180 - HR Management in the Hospitality Industry THM 110 3 credits  

Semester 4


Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
CULA 270 - Advanced Food Production, Nutrition and Finishing CULA 210 and CULA 211 4 credits  
CULA 288 - Culinary Arts Work Experience THM 180CULA 270 which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
CULA 271 - Food, Beverage Management, and Labor Cost Controls THM 110, CULA 171, CIS 103 and FNMT 118 or higher 3 credits  
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation   3 credits Natural Science
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology   3 credits Social Sciences


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.