Culinary Management Degree (BS)

Earn your Culinary Management Degree at SNHU

Do you dream of becoming an executive chef or managing your own restaurant? In the Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management degree program at Southern New Hampshire University, you’ll gain business knowledge and the practical culinary skills you need for a rewarding career in the field. We offer a four-year on-campus culinary management program or the 2+2 degree program for students with associate degrees in culinary arts from SNHU or other schools.

Our faculty members are enthusiastic teachers dedicated to helping you succeed. Our culinary faculty members have professional certifications and years of experience as bakers, innkeepers, executive chefs, world travelers, hotel managers, consultants and wine connoisseurs.

Graduates of SNHU’s culinary management degree program develop the skills to manage large hotel and restaurant kitchens, catering operations and food-preparation businesses. The degree also prepares you to pursue a career as an executive chef, a food service sales executive and more.

SNHU students and graduates have worked for a number of great companies, including Ambrosia on Huntington, Boston; Aletia, New York City; Aqua, Las Vegas; Bedford Village Inn, Bedford, NH; Chef Geoff’s, Washington, DC; Disney World, Orlando, FL; and The French Laundry, Napa Valley, CA.

Culinary Management Degree Curriculum

Experiences outside the classroom – including internships, competitions, class trips and community service – will help you get a taste of the culinary industry. On campus, you’ll work in and help manage our student-run gourmet restaurant The Quill, winner of the Best of New Hampshire Award, and prepare tasty treats for our student-operated bakery, Caffe e Dolce.

Required Core Courses

General Education Program

Culinary Management Major Courses

Students must complete all courses for a Culinary A.S. degree before taking B.S. courses.

ACC-201: Financial Accounting
Financial Accounting establishes the rules and regulations for preparing accounting information used by internal and external sources to evaluate the financial health of an organization. This course will develop the student's ability to interpret financial accounting information, to communicate this information and to understand the accounting system that produces this information.
BUS-206: Business Law I
The background, foundation and ethical aspects of the United States' legal system are examined. Torts, product liability, criminal law, contracts, sales, business organizations, and agency and cyber law also are explored.
MKT-113: Introduction to Marketing
This course examines the organization's functions for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers. These functions, designed to meet customers' needs and organizational goals, include marketing research, environmental monitoring, target market selection, product selection, promotion, distribution and pricing.
MKT-345: Consumer Behavior
This course explores the behavior that consumers display in searching, purchasing, using, evaluating and disposing of products. Offered every semester.
MKT-113 and PSY-108 or SOC-112
OL-215: Principles of Management
This course is designed to examine the fundamentals and principles of management in order to develop an understanding of management in any formal organization. Special attention is paid to planning and decision-making. International management is also covered. Offered every semester. Writing Intensive Course.
ENG-10,ENG-120 ENG-121H or ENG-200 ADB-125 or OL-
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.
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.
Take TCI-110CO; and must be enrolled in the Culina
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.
Take TCI-111CO; TCI-110; and must be enrolled in t
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.
Take TCI-113CO; and must be enrolled in the Culina
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.
Take TCI-114CO; TCI-113; and must be enrolled in t
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.
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.
Take TCI-167CO; and must be enrolled in the Culina
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.
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.
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.
TCI-111, TCI-114, and TCI-116 or permission of ins

Select One of the Following:

TCI-211: Italian Cuisine
Students will strengthen their cooking skills and techniques by producing food to be served in the public restaurant and banquet facilities. Students will rotate through each station of the kitchen, practicing the skills and techniques learned in TCI 110 and TCI 111. In addition to the strongly emphasizing classical cooking techniques, the course will provide students with production experience in breakfast cookery, salads and dressings, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, canapes, sandwiches, cheeses and a la carte desserts. The development of production techniques, timing and organizational skills are emphasized. Offered as needed.
Take TCI-211CO; TCI-111; and must be enrolled in t
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.
Take TCI-230CO; TCI-114; and must be enrolled in t

Select One of the Following:

TCI-217: Classical Cuisine
Students prepare products using classic recipes from specific regions in France. They learn the cooking techniques that have been proven over time and how regional influences have helped shape the foods indigenous to French cooking. Food is prepared in this class for a la carte service in the public dining room of the Hospitality Center. Offered every semester.
Take TCI-217CO; TCI-111; and must be enrolled in t
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.
TCI-114 and must be enrolled in the Culinary progr

Select One of the Following:

TCI-220: Charcuterie
This course introduces students to all aspects of the cold kitchen. The course begins with an overview of the history of garde manger and the proper selection, care and handling of ingredients. Students are encouraged through their lab work to demonstrate an understanding of classical garde manger techniques. Each lab begins with a class lecture on the day's topic followed by an instructor's demonstration. Students then work on projects based on the lecture and demonstration. Content area includes: cured and smoked foods, charcuterie, terrines and pates, aspic and chaud froid, cheese, hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, cold sauces and condiments. Basic ice carving and buffet layout are covered. Required outside study will include French and English terminology associated with garde manger and readings in the textbook. This course is designed to study purchasing, receiving, evaluating and proper storage procedures of meats. Emphasis is placed on primal and subprimal cuts, federal inspections, grading yields, and the classifications of meats, poultry and game. Laboratory activities include hands-on fabrication of pork, beef, poultry, lamb and veal.
TCI-111 and must be enrolled in the Culinary progr
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.
TCI-114 and must be enrolled in the Culinary progr

Select One of the Following:

TCI-218: International Cuisine and Service
In this production class, students prepare the cuisine of six different nationalities. Middle Eastern, Latin, Bavarian, Italian, Chinese and Asian cuisines are practiced and a set menu is provided for service in the culinary dining room. All facets of a country's cuisine, from appetizers through desserts, are studied. Offered every semester.
Take TCI-218CO; TCI-111; and must be enrolled in t
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.
Take TCI-218CO; TCI-114; and must be enrolled in t

Select One of the Following:

TCI-235: American Regional Cuisine
This course explores the historical implications of the development of regional American cuisines and their effects. Diverse ethnic backgrounds and regional availability and their roles in the development of truly American dishes are explored. Students will assemble and produce menus that encompass cuisine from a region's earliest beginnings to a variety of food that is prepared today. Offered once a year.
Take TCI-235CO; TCI-111; and must be enrolled in t
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.
TCI-114 and must be enrolled in the Culinary progr

Select One of the Following:

OL-320: Entrepreneurship
This course focuses on the factors that contribute to the personal success of entrepreneurs and affect successful entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is also studied. Case studies, contemporary readings and simulations are used. International considerations are included. Offered every year.
OL-326: Social Environment of Business
This course examines the interrelationships among business, government and society and how these relationships evolve over time and shape our world. Through the use of readings, cases, and class discussions, students will examine a variety of important topics impacting the global business environment, including business power, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, regulation, multinational corporations, globalization, pollution and environmental quality. A key focus is on the historical origins of the tensions amongst wealth, virtue, and business and society in developed and developing nations and economies. Global marker. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
Junior prereg status
OL-328: Leadership
This course examines leadership as an inter-personal and intra-organizational phenomenon with an emphasis on student leadership development. It includes leadership assessment, leadership development, the leadership process, the contagious nature of leadership, leadership and productivity, motivation, and effective leadership styles and theories. An international perspective is included. Current readings, research, simulations and exercises are used. Offered every year. Team intensive course.
ADB-125 or OL-125

Culinary Management 2+2 Degree

At SNHU, we make it easy to get the degree you want – especially if you’re already well on your way to completing it. Students with associate degrees in culinary arts from SNHU or other schools may transfer their credits and complete the BS in Culinary Management degree program in only two additional years.

Culinary Management (2+2) Required Courses

ENG-121: College Composition II
ENG 121 is the sequel to ENG 120. This course concentrates on argumentative writing and requires students to prepare a major research report, one that reveals fluency with argumentative strategies and rhetorical conventions. In addition, students are introduced to analytical reading techniques, critical research methods and current documentation procedures. Although other kinds of writing are commonly assigned in ENG 121, argumentation remains the major focus of study. Enrollment is kept intentionally small, typically 15 students per section, to assure maximum benefit.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
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).

Select One of the Following:

HIS-109: Western Civilization to 1500
This course offers an overview of the major developments in Western history, from antiquity to the discovery of the New World. Students will examine the ancient world, Greece, Rome, the European medieval period and the Italian Renaissance. Required for majors in history and social studies education with a concentration in history. Writing Intensive Course.
HIS-110: Western Civilization since 1500
This course traces the growth of Western history from the 16th century and the rise of the nation-state through the modern era. The ideologies and political developments that shaped modern Europe receive careful study. Required for majors in history and social studies education with a concentration in history. Writing Intensive Course.
HIS-113: United States History I: 1607-1865
The first half of the United States history survey courses covers the period from the founding of Jamestown to the end of the Civil War. The development of regionalism and its effect on the coming of the Civil War provides the framework for the investigation. Required for majors in history and social studies education with a concentration in history.
HIS-114: United States History II: 1865-Present
The second half of the United States history survey course covers the period following the Civil War. The economic, political and ideological developments that allowed the United States to attain a position of the world leadership are closely examined. Required for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History.

LIT ELE - Students may select one Literature elective

Select One of the Following:

PHL-210: Introduction to Philosophy
This course provides a general introduction to the big questions of philosophy, including questions of existence, knowledge, freedom and meaning. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to great thinkers and theories while engaging them in the exploration of the same beginning questions applied to contemporary issues. Offered every semester.
PHL-212: Introduction to Ethics
This course introduces students to ethical theory or the study of how people make decisions about how to treat one another. It emphasizes the historical and theoretical development of answers to such questions as: What kind of a person do I want to be? and How do we figure out what the right thing to do is?
PHL-214: Formal Logic
This course is a study of the fundamental principles of correct and incorrect argument, historical forms of deductive logic, and the significance of language and clear verbalization. Offered as needed.
PHL-230: Religions of the World
This course reviews the emergence of various belief systems and their differences and similarities. Students explore the role of religious belief in the course of human history. Whenever possible, speakers representing various religions are invited to the class. Special emphasis is given to the five major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Global marker.

SCI ELE - Students may select one Science elective (except SCI-215)

Culinary Management Major 2+2 Required Courses

Select any Three from the Following:

ATH ELE - Students may select any Anthropology elective
ECO ELE - Students may select any Economics elective
POL ELE - Students may select any Political Science elective
PSY ELE - Students may select any Psychology elective
SCS ELE - Students may select any Social Science elective
SOC ELE - Students may select any Sociology elective 
*No more than 2 courses in the same discipline

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