Curriculum - Baking and Pastry Arts (A.S.)

The first year of SNHU’s baking and pastry arts program is about the basics of baking and culinary arts. In the second year, choose a focus in baking and pastry arts or culinary arts.  In the baking and pastry arts program, you’ll spend your second year focused on bakery production, retail baking operations, classical baking, plate composition and advanced pastry.

Field experience is a key part of the SNHU culinary arts program. Experience includes:

  • working the front and back of the house at our student-run restaurant, The Quill (a Best of New Hampshire Award-winner).
  • baking for our student-run bakery, Caffe e Dolce.
  • completing an internship, typically during the summer between freshman and sophomore year.
  • competing at the local, regional and even national levels.

Baking and Pastry Arts Required Courses

ENG-120: College Composition I
ENG 120 is a college-level writing course that introduces students to various forms of academic discourse. Students are required to prepare essays in a variety of rhetorical modes, including exposition, description and argumentation. In addition to out-of-class writing assignments, students will be required to compose in-class essays in response to readings and other prompts. ENG 120 introduces students to process-writing techniques, library research and MLA documentation procedures. The primary focus of ENG 120 is to help students acquire the writing skills they need to succeed in an academic environment. Enrollment is kept intentionally small, typically 15 students per section, to assure maximum benefit.
ENG-200: Sophomore Seminar
This is a theme-based seminar that builds on the skills learned in SNHU-101 and ENG-120, focusing on information literacy (the ability to locate and evaluate information) as well as written and oral communication skills. The theme of the course will vary according to the instructor, but in all sections, students will conduct extensive research on the topic and communicate their knowledge in a variety of oral presentations and writing assignments that will culminate in a research paper. To be taken during the student's sophomore year.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or ENG-120H and sophomore standing or honors
SNHU-101: SNHU Experience: Transition to College
Transition to College will help you make the most successful, least stressful transition to college life possible. This is the first in a 3-course sequence (SNHU-101, 303, 404) designed to support your academic, personal, and professional development. The goal of class discussions and outside work for SNHU-101 will be to help you develop and refine the knowledge and skills you will need to manage and get the most out of the academic and personal opportunities ahead of you. Remember that these opportunities may be challenging, but challenges allow us all to grow and change.
TCI-109: Food Purchasing
This course uses student research, lectures and guest speakers to examine the various grades, types and varieties of fresh and processed fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, shellfish, poultry, dairy products and various sundry items, and the methodology of purchasing food in large quantities. This course integrates student research with applied learning activities conducted through the Hospitality Center receiving department and Hospitality Center special events. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of centralized procurement, writing specifications, product identification, packaging and pricing. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-110: Culinary Skills and Procedures
This is a foundation course for students embarking on culinary careers. It emphasizes basic cooking techniques, culinary terminology and the proper uses of culinary tools. A typical class consists of a classroom lecture and demonstration of food preparation by the instructor followed by hands-on food production by the students. Goals of the course include learning the importance of detailed organization, or "Mise en Place;" correct cooking procedures; and appropriate attitudes towards the culinary profession as developed by the culinary program and the American Culinary Federation. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-111: Progressive Culinary Techniques/Menu Imp
Food Production continues TCI 110 with lectures and demonstrations to strengthen students' backgrounds and knowledge of cooking techniques and their application to a variety of products. Sauce production and meat fabrication will be studied in more detail. Students also produce multicourse American menus. Appropriate readings and written assignments are included. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
TCI-110 and must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-113: Fundamentals of Baking
This course defines basic baking terminology, ingredients and methods. Techniques discussed in each class session are applied to the actual production of baked items, including yeast breads, puff pastry, Danish dough, quick breads, clair paste, tarts and pies. Students will be asked to analyze the components of each baked good and will learn how to evaluate the finished product. Proper sanitation and safety techniques in the bakery will be emphasized. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-114: Intermediate Baking
This course is a continuation of TCI 113. A lecture and lab format is used to introduce students to techniques used in the production of chiffon, Bavarian creams, mousses, pastry cream and other fillings, phyllo dough products, cakes and icings. Basic cake decorating techniques also are introduced. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
TCI-113 and must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-116: Safety and Sanitation
This course examines the fundamentals of sanitation in foodservice operations. Techniques of proper sanitation and safety will be studied and practiced. Students will become familiar with HACCP, Federal, State, and Local sanitation and safety requirements. Topics studied include the importance of proper sanitation procedures, purchasing and receiving of safe food. Emphasis is placed on the elimination of cross- contamination and harmful pathogens. Management strategies demonstrate the importance of the integration of pest management, employee sanitation and safety training and proper safety and security measures. The NRA Serve Safe Sanitation Exam, a degree requirement, is given to students during the course.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-167: Nutritional Cooking
Through this course, the student will develop knowledge toward a cohesive concept of health. Because the majority of all diseases and illnesses is directly related to lifestyle, emphasis is on day-to-day living and the individual's responsibility to and for himself or herself. Contemporary nutritional theories are applied in the production lab, where students practice various dietary menus. Offered once a year.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-250: Dining Room Management
This course will focus on the basic principles of supervising a food service operation. Management theories will be explored in the context of a changing service industry. Hiring, training, motivating, directing, delegating and solving problems as a chef-manager will be emphasized. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-256: Food and Beverage Cost Control
This course reviews the computational arithmetic skills required for accurate food service preparation, operation and management. The methods used to solve mathematical problems that relate to food service operations are stressed. Topics covered include operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, weights and measures, recipe conversion, menu pricing, food cost, inventories, break-even analysis and financial statements. Use of a calculator is stressed. Offered once a year.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-390: Culinary Cooperative Education
This is a guided cooperative education experience for integrating study and experience. Students are contracted to maintain employment for a minimum of 240 hours over a pre-determined length of time with specified starting and ending dates (usually a three- to four-month summer season) working at an approved food service operation. Open to culinary students only. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
TCI-111, TCI-114, and TCI-116 or permission of instructor Must be enrolled in the Culinary program

One General Education Course - Fine Arts & Humanities (EFAH)
One General Education Course - Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESBS)

Select One of the Following

MAT-101: Culinary Mathematics
This course reviews the fundamental computation skills required for accurate food service preparation, operation and management. Topics covered include operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, weights and measures, recipe conversion, menu pricing, inventories, food costs basic break-even analysis, financial statement content, and employee related expenses. Enrollment limited to students majoring in the following programs: AS in Culinary Arts, AS in Baking and Pastry, BS in Culinary Management.
MAT-130: Applied Finite Mathematics
This course is designed to prepare students for other courses in the core curriculum and in their majors and to provide a basis for making decisions in life after graduation. Topics include mathematics of finance, probability and counting, descriptive statistics and basic linear regression. (Students who have successfully completed MAT 120 or MAT 150 may not register for MAT 130).
MAT-135: The Heart of Mathematics
In this course, students will consider beautiful and profound mathematical concepts on par with the great works of Shakespeare, Plato and Michelangelo in the realms of literature, philosophy and the arts. Topics may include numerical patterns in the nature, the golden rectangle, Platonic solids, topological equivalence, symmetry, prime numbers, infinity, fractals and other subjects.
MAT-140: Precalculus
This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions.
MAT-210: Applied Calculus I
This is an introductory course in single-variable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiation, integration and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will gain experience solving real-world problems involving calculus, including problems in business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences.
MAT-211: Applied Calculus II
This course is a continuation of MAT 210. Topics include integration by parts, functions of several variables, trigonometric functions, techniques of integration, differential equations, Taylor polynomials and infinite series. Students will learn applications in business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences.
Prerequisites:
MAT-210 with a grade of C or better; or AP Calculus with exam grade of 3 or better
MAT-230: Discrete Mathematics
Discrete mathematics is the study of mathematical structures that are fundamentally discrete rather than continuous. That is, in contrast to the real numbers that vary continuously, the objects of study in discrete mathematics take on distinct, separated values. Topics include operations on sets, logic, truth tables, counting, relations and digraphs, functions, trees and graph theory. A significant goal of this course is to improve students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
MAT-240: Applied Statistics
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.
MAT-299: Mathematical Proof and Problem Solving
This course introduces students to the language and methods used to create and write mathematical proofs and solve problems. Methods of proof will include: direct, contrapositive, contradiction, and induction. Methods of problem solving will be based on Polya's four steps for problem solving. Students will learn about and utilize the many functions of proof including: verification, explanation, communication, discovery, justification, and inquiry. The course will also explore the relationship between problem solving and the process of proving. Students will explore fundamental abstract concepts in mathematics including: functions and relations, set theory, number theory, and logic.
Prerequisites:
MAT-230 with a grade of C or better

Baking and Pastry Arts Major Courses

TCI-230: Retail Baking
This lab and service course provides students with the opportunity to produce and merchandise bakery products for sale to the public. Students will research, develop and produce products to augment the basic menu of the public coffee and pastry shop. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
TCI-114 and must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-233: Classical Baking and Plate Composition
Students in this course will expand on the baking knowledge they attained in the previous two courses. Students will become more proficient in baking techniques through lectures, demonstrations and participation in baking labs. More emphasis is placed on classical terms, desserts, terminology, equipment and techniques. Particular emphasis is given to decorative projects. Offered once a year.
Prerequisites:
TCI-114 and must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-238: Cake Decorating
This course builds on the introduction of cake preparation and icing technique instruction delivered in TCI-114 Intermediate Baking. Through weekly lecture and lab sessions, students will reinforce cake mixing and baking skills. Basic tiered construction and support devices will be discussed and applied to multi-tiered cake projects. Buttercream, royal icing and rolled fondant application, and decorating techniques using the pastry bag and icing tips, stencils, color-flow transfer, fondant decoration, and an introduction to gumpaste flowers will be covered.
Prerequisites:
TCI-114 and must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-240: Advanced Pastry
This practical lab course introduces students with an interest in baking to more advanced mediums used for decorative pastry items. Each class session begins with a discussion of a specific medium and the scientific principles governing its manipulation. Students are presented with a basic recipe and technique and are given lab time to develop their skills with each medium. Ways to incorporate the item of the day into a more elaborate showpiece also are taught. Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
TCI-114 and must be enrolled in the Culinary program
TCI-280: International Baking and Desserts
Students will research and learn how different baking techniques have been applied around the world historically, and how they have evolved into the signature desserts and confections that are identified regionally. There will be lecture and classroom discussion around how immigration, emigration and world colonization have impacted cuisine development globally. Students will explore how climate, terrain, colonization and religion can affect the development and evolutions of cuisines through desserts. The chef will lecture on and demonstrate different international products and techniques and on their use in the appropriate cuisines.
Prerequisites:
TCI-114 and must be enrolled in the Culinary program

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