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Culinary Arts

Degree Type: 

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • CTE
    CTE (Career & technical education programs for job training)

Meet Alex HollisThe Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts blends professional and technical courses in the culinary arts with general academic courses to provide you with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed for entry-level jobs in the foodservice industry. The program includes a required internship to apply and put into practice what you learn in a real-time setting and to gain insights into your chosen field.

Required Information Sessions About the Culinary Arts Associate Degree

Attendance is required at one of these sessions for any new student wishing to begin culinary studies. Learn about the degree curriculum and how it can launch your culinary career.  Attendees will tour PVCC’s state-of-the art teaching facilities, meet Associate Professor of Culinary Arts Eric Breckoff and meet currently enrolled students. 

The following sessions will be held at the PVCC Jefferson School Center, 233 Fourth St. NW, in downtown Charlottesville:

July 17 – 10 a.m., Rm. J112
July 19 - 10 a.m., Rm. J111
Aug. 1 – 10 a.m., Rm. J112

More info:
Marya Choby, CTE Coordinator, mchoby@pvcc.edu or 434.961.5358

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Baker
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Cook, Cafeteria
  • Cook, Private Household
  • Cook, Restaurant
  • Food Service Manager
  • Head Cook

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
HRI 128 Principles of Baking / 3 Credit Hours
HRI 134 Food and Beverage Service Management
HRI 145 Garde manger / 3 Credit Hours
HRI 190 Coordinated Internship
HRI 206 International Cuisine
HRI 215 Food Purchasing / 3 Credit Hours
HRI 224 Recipe and Menu Management
Social Science Elective
Humanities Elective

Additional Program Information: 

Graduation Requirement

Students entering the Culinary Arts degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course in order to graduate.  The Writing Intensive Course for this program is either HRI 206 or HRS 207, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112.  Students who are awarded transfer academic credit for this course at another institution may fulfill the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement for this program by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC).


  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities and Social Science Electives can be found on the  Culinary Arts Degree Requirements.
  • Students may substitute a higher-level math course to include MTH 152, 163, 164, 173, 174, 180, 271, 279 or 286.

Printable  Culinary Arts Degree Requirements.