Professional Cooking

Female Chef Preparing Food

Degree Type: 

Meta Major: 

This two-semester Career Studies Certificate will prepare individuals for immediate employment as a professional cook.  Combining technical training and work-based learning, this program will meet the demands for competitive employment as established by regional employers through the Culinary Arts Curriculum Advisory Committee. Program graduates will have the necessary training and experience for competitive entry into employment in restaurants, catering, grocery stores, and institutional food service. Successful graduates will earn a ServSafe certification for food safety.

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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

SDV 100 Open to all Meta Majors  - 1 Credit Hours
HLT 100 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
HRI 106 Principles of Culinary Arts I
HRI 119 Applied Nutrition For Food Services  - 3 Credit Hours
HRI 128 Principles of Baking  - 3 Credit Hours
HRI 158 Sanitation and Safety
HRI 219 Stock, Soup, and Sauce Preparation
HRI 220 Meat, Seafood and Poultry Preparation  - 3 Credit Hours
MTH 120 Introduction to Mathematics  - 3 Credit Hours
or Technical Elective

Course Sequence: 

  • 3 Credit(s)

Additional Program Information: 

Approved Technical Electives

  • HRI 134    Food and Beverage Service Management (3)
  • HRI 159    Introduction to Hospitality Industry Computer Systems (4)
  • HRI 190    Coordinated Internship (3)
  • HRI 215    Food Purchasing (3)
  • HRI 224    Recipe and Menu Management (3)
  • HRI 251    Food and Beverage Cost Control I (3)

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