Culinary Arts - BS

The Culinary Arts bachelor's degree program prepares students for the many careers that evolve from the knowledge of food, food preparation and the need for leadership competency in culinary-focused businesses. The Culinary Arts bachelor's degree provides students with an exceptional program of study that delivers a world-class culinary arts education, opportunities to explore and practice current industry trends, related professional competencies, elective credits within or outside of the major, and a required advanced food-industry experience, complemented by a comprehensive Arts & Sciences Core Experience. 

Upon the completion of the program, graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Create, execute and evaluate concepts and menus applying professional craft skills and techniques utilizing conscious sourcing to maximize profits while maintaining food integrity.
  • Differentiate communication strategies and leadership styles used to effectively lead a globally diverse workforce within culinary-focused businesses.  
  • Evaluate food safety hazards and implement corrective actions as necessary following the FDA Model Food Code and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles. 
  • Critique financial documents related to food cost, labor cost and culinary operations to safeguard an economically sustainable business. 

Culinary laboratory classes offered throughout the program provide students with an opportunity to continuously develop their craft, and to develop confidence and coordination working within a professional kitchen. Credentialed faculty share their professional expertise within state-of-the-art culinary laboratories, providing an educational environment that promotes student learning and assists students in achieving their place within the culinary profession.

Professional competencies, presented in the academic classroom and practiced in upper-level laboratory class settings, include financial and human resource management, food safety, self-discipline, effective communication and other attributes necessary to effectively lead teams within food service organizations.

Elective credits, within or outside of the major, allow students to explore diverse topics within the food industry or focus their passion in a specialized area of study. The opportunities are vast and include farm-to-table cookery, baking and pastry, beverage service, brewing, sommelier, nutrition, business, professional communication and more.

One of the highlights of the Culinary Arts bachelor's degree program is the requirement to participate in an advanced industry experience within diverse, domestic or international food service operations. Students work alongside an industry professional in a food service operation, while guided by a university faculty member, allowing students to continue to develop their craft and practice professional competencies.  

Culinary Arts

A four-year program leading to a bachelor of science degree

Culinary Foundations
CUL1015Introduction to Culinary Foundations3
CUL1035Culinary Fundamentals3
CUL1055Cooking in Today's Restaurant: Breakfast & Lunch3
CUL1075Cooking in Today's Restaurant: Dinner3
CUL1095Cooking in the Global Marketplace3
CUL1115The Science of Cooking and Sensory Analysis3
CUL1135Purchasing, Product Identification & Protein Fabrication3
CUL1325Essentials of Dining Service3
CUL1345Foundations of Baking & Pastry3
CUL1365Exploring Beverages3
CUL2215The Craft of Garde Manger3
CUL2235Contemporary Service and Restaurant Supervision3
CUL2245International Cuisine and Culinary Cultures3
CUL2255Advanced Pastry3
CUL2265Classical Cuisines of France and Italy3
Major Courses
CUL3131Chef-Driven Contemporary Casual Concepts3
CUL3141Corporate Dining Concepts3
CUL3151Chef-Driven Fine Dining Concepts3
CUL4115Culinary Capstone: The Professional Kitchen4.5
Applied/Experiential Learning
COCA4799College of Culinary Arts Advanced Internship13.5
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
FSM1065Food Safety and Sanitation Management *1.5
FSM2045Introduction to Menu Planning and Cost Controls4.5
FSM3035Supervision for Food Service Professionals4.5
FSM3040Food Service Financial Systems4.5
FSM3175Advanced Food Safety, HACCP and Special Processes4.5
FSM3215Culinary Operations and Facility Management4.5
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics ((or higher, based on student's placement))
Social Sciences9
Culture and Food
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, or PSYC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.22.5
Total Credits182.5

Students must pass a national exam that is recognized by the Conference for Food Protection as a graduation requirement.

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.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to 3 graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

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.