Culinary Arts - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Enter the World of Culinary Arts and Broaden Your Technique and Creativity

Do you have the talent, creativity, and passion for preparing great food? The Alvin Community College Culinary Arts program can feed your passion and help develop your sensibilities and philosophy about food presentation, ingredients, cooking techniques and the overall dining experience.

With both degree and certificate options, our program will prepare you for a rewarding culinary career no matter your experience level. You’ll begin with the fundamentals and then take on advanced coursework building your skills and confidence. Our expert, experienced faculty will ensure you receive hands-on training in all culinary aspects. ACC’s program provides you with all of the educational components required for certification through the American Culinary Federation.

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Career Opportunities

Culinary job opportunities are everywhere, from next door to across the globe. With culinary skills, many students find work in restaurants, the hotel industry, pastry and specialty shops, cruise lines, and resorts, bakery and candy companies, catering services, institutional food service operations, and for themselves.

The Bureau of Labor statistics indicates that jobs in the Food Preparation and Serving industry is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than average. Chefs and Head Cooks in the Houston area earn an average yearly salary of $45,490.

For more information on Culinary Arts career opportunities, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

ACC’s culinary arts program will prepare you for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the food service industry. The program includes a core of culinary arts courses that develop cooking skills and provide instruction in purchasing, cost control, sanitation, nutrition, and supervision. In addition, you’ll receive a well-rounded academic experience including business, computer, and liberal arts courses preparing you for a successful career as a culinary professional.

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CULINARY ARTS
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

CHEF 1205 - Sanitation & Safety

2

CHEF 1301 - Basic Food Preparation

3

CHEF 2201 - Intermediate Food Preparation

2

CHEF 2302 - Saucier

3

HAMG 1324 - Hospitality Human Resources Management

3

PSTR 1301 - Fundamentals of Baking

3
SECOND SEMESTER

CHEF 1302 - Principles of Healthy Cuisine

3

CHEF 1310 - Garde Manger or
CHEF 1340 - Meat Preparation & Cooking

3

CHEF 1341 - American Regional Cuisine

3

CHEF 1345 - International Cuisine

3

IFWA 1310 - Nutrition & Menu Planning or
IFWA 1318 - Nutrition for the Food Service Professional

3
THIRD SEMESTER

BCIS 1305 - Business Computer Applications

3

CHEF 1264 - Practicum (or field experience) Culinary Arts/
   Chef Training

2

CHEF 1291 - Current Events in Culinary Arts

2
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

HAMG 1321 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

3

IFWA 1217 - Food Production & Planning

2

+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

*CHEF 1265 - Practicum (or field experience) Culinary Arts/
    Chef Training

2

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

 3

+PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework or
+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

 3

RSTO 2301 - Principles of Food & Beverage Controls

 3
CULINARY ARTS (A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

+Denotes core requirement.  Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
* Capstone course

CULINARY ARTS
CERTIFICATE 

38 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

CHEF 1205 - Sanitation & Safety

2

CHEF 1301 - Basic Food Preparation

3

CHEF 2201 - Intermediate Food Preparation

2

CHEF 2302 - Saucier

3

HAMG 1324 - Hospitality Human Resources Management

3

PSTR 1301 - Fundamentals of Baking

3
SECOND SEMESTER

CHEF 1302 - Principles of Healthy Cuisine

3

CHEF 1310 - Garde Manger or
CHEF 1340 - Meat Preparation & Cooking

3

CHEF 1341 - American Regional Cuisine

3

CHEF 1345 - International Cuisine

3

IFWA 1310 - Nutrition & Menu Planning or
IFWA 1318 - Nutrition for the Food Service Professional

3
THIRD SEMESTER

BCIS 1305 - Business Computer Applications

3

*CHEF 1264 - Practicum (or field experience) Culinary Arts/
   Chef Training

2

CHEF 1291 - Current Events in Culinary Arts

2
CULINARY ARTS CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS  38

* Capstone course

CULINARY MANAGEMENT
CERTIFICATE 

23 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

CHEF 1205 - Sanitation & Safety

2

HAMG 1321 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

3

HAMG 1324 - Hospitality Human Resources Management

3

IFWA 1217 - Food Production & Planning

2
SECOND SEMESTER

BCIS 1305 - Computer Applications I

3

CHEF 1291 - Current Events in Culinary Arts

2

IFWA 1318 - Nutrition for the Food Service Professional

3

RSTO 2301 - Principles of Food & Beverage Controls

3
THIRD SEMESTER

*CHEF 1264 - Practicum (or field experience) Culinary Arts/
   Chef Training

2
CULINARY MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS  2

 * Capstone course

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate yearly costs for the A.A.S. Degree program are $5,269 for in-district students and $7,519 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $1,663.

Yearly costs for the Culinary Arts Certificate program are approximately $3,248 for in-district students and $4,996 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $998.

Approximate yearly costs for the Culinary Management Certificate program are $1,969 for in-district students and $3,027 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $760.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

Alvin Community College Culinary Arts is honored to be able to offer, our students, three different scholarship opportunities.  Each scholarship has its own criteria that the applicant must meet.  A student may receive only one scholarship (through ACC Culinary Arts) per academic year. 

For more information regarding scholarships, please visit Academic Works.

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