Get the culinary training you need for the career you deserve with an AS in Culinary and Baking Arts from Southern New Hampshire University. This two-year program will prepare you for a variety of roles within the culinary industry through a combination of classroom learning, online courses, and 9-12 month internships.
The Culinary and Baking Arts program features a one-week pre-matriculation program called "PreHeat," where students will learn that basic skills and techniques necessary to begin the culinary program. As part of the program, students will receive a free knife set and first aid kit to use during the upcoming year. During year one of the program, students will take a mandatory career preparation course alongside the standard culinary courses, which will assist with the process of finding work after graduation. The second year of the program primarily involves online courses and a year-long internship.
Students will be exposed to hands-on, real-world learning situations by experienced faculty. Our goal is to ensure that students entering SNHU's Culinary and Baking Arts program graduate with the skills they need to find success in the culinary world.
Not available for international students.
SNHU's AS in Culinary and Baking Arts introduces students to the skills, techniques, and career preparation strategies necessary for success in the culinary world.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is located on 300 acres along the banks of the Merrimack River in Manchester. We also have satellite campuses throughout New Hampshire - in Portsmouth, Salem and Nashua - and as far north as Brunswick, Maine.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your associate degree in business administration at SNHU include:
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of chefs and head cooks is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, a faster-than-average rate of growth compared to all occupations. There are employment opportunities in restaurants, private households, hotels, casinos and other establishments. The BLS states that the median annual wage for chefs and head cooks is currently $43,180.
Culinary and Baking Arts students will experience a wide range of culinary classes, as well as career preparation courses and a mandatory internship during their second year. SNHU does not provide internships for students; however, the culinary department employs a culinary internship coordinator who can help students secure an internship for themselves. Students will need to apply and interview for their internship and ensure that it meets the necessary criteria as outlined by the culinary department.
This one-week pre-matriculation experience helps students master the basics of kitchen work: knife skills, sanitation, fundamental food preparation, etc. It allows students to begin their first semester ready to move forward with the initial lessons. It also gives students a chance to get to know each other, familiarize themselves with the SNHU campus, and prepare themselves for college-level work.
This course focuses on professional skill development and prepares students for their culinary internship experience and post collegiate life. Topics include: resume and cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, networking, communication, professional conduct, and career planning. Course material will be complemented and reinforced through guest speakers from the industry.
This is a foundation course for students embarking on a professional culinary arts career. Culinary Intensive Lab emphasizes basic cooking techniques, culinary terminology and the proper use of culinary tools, which apply to the professional kitchen environment and the culinary industry. The course is divided into a series of extensive classroom lectures, chef demonstrations and hands-on preparation. These methods of instruction will prepare students to focus their attention on cooking organization, sanitation and following correct culinary procedures. This course will develop for the culinary student, the proper professional attitude toward the food service profession and will introduce the student to professional organizations and literature essential for success in the culinary field.
Lecture and lab format is used to develop skills for the production of yeasted doughs, quick breads, short dough, tarts, pie, pie fillings, Bavarian creams, custards, mousses, soufflés, various cookies, meringues, pastry cream, other fillings, phyllo, strudel, and laminated dough products, cakes, icings, and frozen desserts. Emphasis will be placed on accurate measuring, efficiency in the work flow, application of appropriate tools and mixing methods for product type, practicing safety and sanitation throughout processes, ability to evaluate proper doneness, execution of finishing skills, and development of flavor, texture, and appearance suited to the product.
This course serves to reinforce the cooking and baking techniques developed in CUL-115 and CUL-125, as well as introduce students to the various functions of a full-service restaurant. To fulfill this purpose, students will be working to meet a deadline for service in the Quill restaurant, upholding the standards of quality and consistency when producing the menu items they are assigned, rotating through the various stations of the kitchen, working as a team to prepare for service, delivering meals quickly and efficiently, and returning the kitchen to a clean work space, gaining experience with the point-of-sales system and expediting, practicing communication skills in a busy production environment. Successful completion of this course proves proficiency in production from the cold station, fry station, charbroiling, saut , plated dessert production, and bread baking for entry level positions.
Emphasis is placed on methods used to solve mathematical problems that relate to food service operations. Topics include operations with decimals, percentages, weights and measures, recipe conversion, menu pricing, food costs, inventories, break-even analysis, and financial statements.
This course focuses on essential techniques of customer service, including professional guest interaction, timely service, proper guest check procedure, and point of sales operations. The relationship between the front- and the back-of-house operations and approaches will be explored with an emphasis on smooth, efficient, and professional experiences for consumers.
In this course, students will be introduced to the historical and regional implications in the development of different world cuisines. This course will enhance their cooking skills and techniques by producing food for rotating international menus. Students will work through each station of the kitchen, applying appropriate cooking methods and working with different ingredients indigenous to international cuisines. This course will reinforce the cooking and baking techniques developed in earlier courses as well as introduce students to the functions of a full-service restaurant. The development and refinement of mis en place, cooking techniques, timing, and organizational skills are emphasized in this class. Successful completion of this course proves proficiency in producing and presenting several savory dishes, desserts, and breads from countries around the world.
This two-week, on-campus capstone gives students an opportunity to learn from each other as they bring back specific skills from their internships. Students will also demonstrate their mastery of foundational cooking and baking skills in live-kitchen demonstrations and exams.
This required internship at a full-service restaurant will give students the opportunity to learn in a professional setting while also applying the skills and techniques they learned in their coursework and labs. Competencies for the internship include skills in banquet and catering; baking and dessert production; cold food and garde manger; expediting, dishwashing, and maintenance; and line cooking.
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