Baking & Pastry Arts - BS

The Baking & Pastry Arts bachelor's degree program combines practical education in baking and pastry production with leadership training and professional and general studies courses to prepare students for careers as executive pastry chefs. Stu­dents are guided in building skills to master their visions to create artisan breads, confec­tions, sugar works, plated desserts, wedding cakes and chocolate showpieces. During their junior year, students rotate through 2 terms of academic courses and 1 term of intensive advanced laboratories. Laboratory courses build experience-based skills in advanced baking and pastry arts techniques.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Design, produce and present professional pastry and bread showpieces and sculptures as used for weddings, buffets and competitions.
  • Utilize formula substitutions and modifications to develop formulas and finished pastry and bread products that are balanced, flavorful and technically sound.
  • Prepare, produce and present pastry, baked products and desserts using multiple, classical and contemporary techniques at a professional level.
  • Apply FDA-recommended food safety and sanitation principles to food and beverage products, tools and equipment used throughout the flow of the food and beverage operation.
  • Prepare, utilize and interpret financial documents related to food-service management operations.
  • Demonstrate professional leadership attributes necessary for operating responsibly in the food service industry.

During their senior year, along with a term of advanced labs and a term of academics, students participate in 1 term of an advanced internship to help to prepare students for future careers. This internship allows students to continue to refine their pastry skills while experiencing the role of the pastry chef, placing an emphasis on supervisory skill development and management. Possible sites include local and national hotels, restaurants, country clubs, resorts, casinos, artisan bakeries, confectionery shops and wedding cake boutiques.

Qualified students have the opportunity to replace their internship experience with a summer study abroad program experience. Student teams of 20–26 join with faculty and international schools to study regional specialties and techniques in baking and pastry. Recent programs have been in Italy and Peru. The program combines classroom and practical industry experience.

Upon completion of the Baking & Pastry Arts bachelor's degree program, students are prepared to enter the food service industry in positions such as assistant pastry chef and executive pastry chef trainee.

Note: All students interested in entering the Baking & Pastry Arts bachelor’s degree program must complete and submit an appli­cation to the program director. Selection is based on previous academic performance, industry experience and professional recommendations. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply.

Baking & Pastry Arts

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree for two-year Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts*  program graduates.

First two years:96
in Baking & Pastry Arts **
in Culinary Arts *, **
Third and fourth years:
Major Courses
BPA3010Decorative Breads and Advanced Viennoiserie3
BPA3015Viennoiserie and Naturally Leavened Breads3
BPA3020Sensory Analysis in Contemporary Desserts3
BPA3025Neo-Classic Desserts3
BPA3030Advanced Petits Gâteaux3
BPA4010Baking and Pastry Buffet Presentation3
BPA4015Tiered and Themed Decorated Cakes3
BPA4020Advanced Wedding Cake Design3
BPA4025Advanced Chocolates and Confections3
BPA4030Advanced Sugar Artistry3
Applied/Experiential Learning
COCA4799College of Culinary Arts Advanced Internship (or Study Abroad)13.5
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
FSM3022Baking Science4.5
FSM3035Supervision for Food Service Professionals4.5
FSM3040Food Service Financial Systems4.5
A&S Core Experience
Integrative Learning 4.5
One ILS course at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 9
Art History
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from a different discipline: ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL or REL
Social Sciences 9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives4.5
One course with an EASC attribute, at the 3000 level or higher.
Total Credits89.5
Four-Year Credit Total185.5

Culinary Arts associate in science degree graduates enrolling in the bachelor of science degree in Baking & Pastry Arts must complete all A.S. Baking & Pastry Arts laboratory courses.


Students entering this program with an Associate in Occupational Science Degree may be required to complete additional quarter credit hours of general education courses.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are not offered Online.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication .

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of options for major, minor, Arts & Science, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.