2015-2016 Catalog 
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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Culinary Arts, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-916-5595, Southeast Campus, E-mail: culinary.arts@nscc.edu, Program Site
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; and
  • 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 culinary prerequisite courses to meet requirements for enrollment in subsequent courses. A grade of “C” or above in all Culinary Arts courses must be earned 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


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).


* This course is part of the general education core.


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