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Culinary Arts, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information: Program Office 615-353-3400, Email: culinary.arts@nscc.edu
Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Foundation.

Culinary Arts education prepares students for careers as chefs and culinary professionals in a variety of hospitality businesses. The program includes a core of culinary arts courses which develop cooking skills and provide instruction in purchasing, cost control, sanitation, nutrition, and supervision. In addition, students receive a well-rounded academic experience including business, computer, and liberal arts courses preparing students for a successful career as culinary professionals.

Graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to think creatively and work effectively in team environments within a kitchen production facility.
  • Competency in food production cooking methods including hot and cold foods, baking and pastry, international dishes and contemporary American cuisine.
  • A working knowledge of culinary theory and terms, and the ability to operate within a kitchen production facility.
  • Knowledge of nutrition principles, menu writing, cost and inventory control, and safety and sanitation principles.

Career Opportunities

  • Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Sous-Chef
  • Line Cook
  • Pastry Cook
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Assistant Kitchen Manager
  • Catering Production and Operations
  • Food Sales and Marketing

Related Information

NSCC Culinary Arts program offers courses in Sanitation, Nutrition, and Supervisory Management which meet the American Culinary Federation education requirements for certification in these areas.

Grading Policy

A grade of “C” or above must be earned in all culinary arts courses prior to graduation.


The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.

Internship Requirements

Students must complete two 300-hour paid work internships in an approved culinary arts production kitchen prior to completing the requirements for an A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts.

Course Requirements

Recommended Full-Time Schedule

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