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Culinary Arts (AA) Culinary Arts Total Units: 44
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Term Effective: Fall 2016


The Culinary Arts major is designed to train individuals in all aspects of the culinary arts field. Successful students will be prepared to work as cooks in a wide range of food service settings, such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, and institutional kitchens, including banquet cooks. Additionally, this training will prepare students for transfer to a professional chef program or four-year university. Because of certain restrictions for transfer, please consult with a counselor before beginning the program.

This program of study is also available as a career certificate option. For more information, see the Culinary Arts website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate station organization, purchasing, storage, menu writing, and sanitation principles as they apply to food handling;
  2. use classic cooking terminology and methods, apply health and safety standards;
  3. demonstrate skill and apply professional industry standards in food handling, beverage service, baking and food service, and use of hand tools;
  4. demonstrate responsibility and team skills for the food service industry;
  5. describe career opportunities within the food industry and strategize own career;
  6. critique, assess and improve one's own performance, listening skills and communication skills for personal, academic, and career purposes;
  7. recognize the diversity of cultural influences and values related to a professional culinary environment; and
  8. think critically in evaluating information, solving problems, and making decisions related to food preparation and food service.

Recommended Course Sequence

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Culinary Arts (AA) program are:

  • Complete 44 units from
    • Culinary Arts Major Requirements
    • Culinary Arts Major Elective Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Culinary Arts Major Requirements - complete 42.00 units
CUL 250Sanitation and Safety1.00
CUL 250.1Culinary Arts Survey1.00
CUL 250.2Careers in the Food and Beverage Industry1.00
CUL 250.3Professional Plate Presentation1.00
CUL 252.3Knife Skills2.00
CUL 252.14Fundamentals of Garde Manger1.50
CUL 253ACulinary Cafe 16.00
CUL 253BCulinary Cafe 26.00
CUL 253.6Professional Cooking Basics3.00
CUL 253.7Professional Meat and Sauce Preparation1.50
CUL 254Introduction to Baking and Pastry4.00
CUL 255Production Baking5.00
CUL 256Front House Operations4.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.50 units from the following:
CUL 254.4Purchasing and Bakeshop Management1.00
CUL 255.1Specialty Production Baking4.00
CUL 256.3Introduction to Food and Beverage Operations1.00
CUL 256.5Wine Appreciation1.50
CUL 256.8Beverage Management1.00
CUL 256.9Introduction to Wine in the Restaurant1.00
CUL 256.10Restaurant Operations3.00
CUL 256.11Wine and Food Affinities1.50
DIET 52Management Training Techniques3.00
DIET 55Food Production Management2.00
DIET 55LFood Production Clinical Experience2.00
DIET 57Modified Diets3.00
FDNT 10Elementary Nutrition3.00
HOSP 50Introduction to Tourism in Sonoma County1.00
SUSAG 50Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture3.00
SUSAG 120Organic Gardening and Food Production2.00
WINE 1World Viticulture and Wine Styles3.00
Culinary Arts Major Elective Requirements - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
CUL 222A Culinary Tour of Sonoma County1.50
CUL 270.30Sonoma Wine Country Cuisine0.50
CUL 275.10American Regional: Cajun and Creole Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.11American Regional: Southern Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.12American Regional: Hawaiian Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.31Pekinese Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.32Shanghainese Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.33Hunanese Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.34Cantonese Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.42Singaporean Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.46Indonesian Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.48Indian Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.49Malaysian Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.50Moroccan Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.64Greek Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.65Spanish Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.80Northwest Italian Cuisines1.00
CUL 275.81Northern Italian Cuisines1.00
CUL 275.82Northeast Italian Cuisines1.00
CUL 275.83Southern Italian Cuisines1.00
CUL 275.84Eastern Central Italian Cuisine0.25-2.00
CUL 275.85Western Central Italian Cuisine0.25-2.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2016

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2017

Previous Versions:

Culinary Arts - effective Fall 2014
Culinary Arts - effective Summer 2012
Culinary Arts - effective Summer 2011
Culinary Arts - effective Spring 2011
Culinary Arts - effective Fall 2010
Culinary Arts - effective Fall 2005
Culinary Arts - effective Fall 2003

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


The degree will be granted upon completion of the required courses with a grade of "C" or better.

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