Baking & Pastry Arts - B.S.

Effective May 17, 2024 FYS1020 and CAR0010 will no longer be requirements in our undergraduate programs.

The bachelor's degree program in Baking & Pastry Arts is focused on advanced craft-based techniques complemented by the principles and science used in baking and pastry arts. The program integrates professional studies which prepare students for leadership roles within multiple venues of the industry. In the advanced technique laboratory classroom, students are guided in developing their passion and vision as they master the disciplines of their choosing, such as artisan bread and viennoiserie, confections and chocolate production, showpiece work, plated desserts, modern pastries, wedding cakes and formula development, all while maintaining a food-safe environment.  

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Modify and develop formulas to create products that are balanced, flavorful and technically sound.

  • Produce and present baking and pastry products using classical and contemporary techniques at a professional level.

  • Apply FDA-recommended food safety and sanitation principles throughout the flow of the food service operation.

  • Prepare, utilize and interpret financial documents related to food service management operations.

  • Demonstrate leadership attributes necessary for operating professionally in the food service industry.

In addition to the advanced craft and technique laboratory classes, students engage in professional studies courses in human resources and financial management, resulting in a curriculum that is directly aligned with the leadership needs of industry. General education courses add depth and breadth to professional competencies as students engage in critical thinking, problem-solving and communication strategies that align with industry expectations. Students are encouraged to plan their degree program based on their unique interests and use free electives to further their knowledge in areas such as entrepreneurship, management, design and sustainability.  

The bachelor's degree culminates with an advanced internship experience where students continue to refine their pastry skills, placing an emphasis on supervisory skill development and managing resources which assists students in preparing for future careers. Possible internship sites include local, national and international hotels, restaurants, country clubs, resorts, casinos, artisan bakeries, confectionery shops and wedding cake boutiques. 

Baking & Pastry Arts

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

Baking Foundations
BPA1701Foundations of Baking and Pastry3
BPA1710Principles of Cake Production and Design3
BPA1720Plated Desserts3
BPA1730Artisan Bread & Viennoiserie I3
BPA1740Artisan Bread & Viennoiserie II3
BPA1750Chocolate, Confections & Mignardise3
BPA2710Advanced Pastry Applications3
BPA2720Artisan Cafe3
Major Courses
CULS2210Food Science3
FSM3035Supervision for Food Service Professionals3
FSM3040Food Service Financial Systems3
GDES1020Design Theory and Practice3
Major Electives
Choose 12 credits from the following:12
Modern Cake & Floral Design
Advanced Naturally Leavened Breads
Advanced Viennoiserie and Decorative Breads
Contemporary Plated Desserts
Modern Chocolatier & Artisan Bean to Bar
Advanced Petits Gateaux & Modern Pastry Buffet
Advanced Chocolate & Sugar Artistry
Designing Healthy Desserts
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 12 credits from the following:12
College of Food Innovation & Technology Advanced Internship
Directed Experiential Education D
Study Abroad Sa
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
FSM1165The Food Safety Manager *1
FSM2045Introduction to Menu Planning and Cost Controls3
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
A&S Core Experience
Communication Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 6
Art History
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from a different discipline: ART, HIST, HUM, LIT, PHIL or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
Social Sciences 6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, RES or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #15
15 credits selected from 1000–4999 numbered offerings within the university
Total Credits123.0

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

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

SaTo be eligible to count toward Applied/ Experiential Learning, a Study Abroad offering must meet certain requirements. Contact JWU Global to discuss eligible Study Abroad options for this degree program.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For students who qualify for the J2 program, up to four graduate courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

Note: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math courses.

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international, domestic, and digital options for major, minor, free electives, experiential learning, and transferable courses. There are many affordable options for students during a semester, winter session, spring and/or summer breaks.  Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied, and some partners offer external scholarships.  Premiere programs do not qualify for JWU scholarships or grants; however federal aid is available.  Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go? Wherever you decide, make the best of your educational journey!

J2 Program

The JWU J2 program allows qualified students enrolled in a matriculating undergraduate program to take graduate level courses at JWU. Students interested in pursuing this option should meet with their academic advisor to discuss their interest, qualifications, and plans. The undergraduate student may take up to four graduate courses (maximum 12 credits) and are limited to 6 credits a semester and 3 credits per session (Fall Session I and Fall Session II). 

The completion of graduate credits to fulfill undergraduate program requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program after completion of the baccalaureate degree. Matriculating undergraduate students who wish to formally enroll in a graduate program, must fulfill all requirements for entrance into the intended graduate program and complete a graduate program application. 

Note: Not all graduate courses are included as part of this policy. Courses offered as part of the Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and doctoral courses are excluded from this policy and are restricted to program majors only. Additional courses and/or programs as determined by individual colleges may also have restricted access.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to enroll in graduate level courses (excludes: Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, doctoral courses and other programs as outlined by the colleges).

Undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

·       Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher

·       Completed & registered undergraduate credits at least 90 credits

·       Meet the individual course prerequisites

Appeal to Eligibility Criteria: College Dean or designee will receive a copy of the Petition Form, Student's GPS and email requesting appeal if the student requests to appeal the GPA or earned/registered credit criteria. College Dean / designee will review and determine approval.  

These courses carry graduate credit and will replace undergraduate degree requirements when applicable, traditionally free-electives (maximum of 12 credits). The course will be applied to the undergraduate degree in the order in which they are taken (if required) and will also be applied towards both the students undergraduate and graduate GPA.

Students should maintain enrollment in at least 12 credits of undergraduate coursework to maintain full-time status; graduate course enrollment is not calculated into undergraduate full-time status. For students already attending full-time as undergraduates (12 credits or more) and paying the full-time tuition, the graduate credits will be included in full-time tuition fee. Students attending part-time (11 credits or less) will pay the cost per-credit undergraduate tuition for the graduate course.

Course registration will be based on space availability and students enrolled in graduate level courses will be required to maintain good academic standing at the undergraduate and graduate level.