Baking & Pastry Arts - B.S.

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 artisan breads, confections, sugar work, plated desserts, wedding cakes and chocolate showpieces 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 the professional competencies as students engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication strategies that align with industry expectations. 

The bachelor's degree culminates with an advanced internship experience where students continue to refine their pastry skills and experience the role of the pastry chef, placing an emphasis on supervisory skill development and managing resources which assists students in the preparation of 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 for two-year Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts*  program graduates.

First two years:61
in Baking & Pastry Arts *
in Culinary Arts *, **
Third and fourth years:
Major Courses
BPA3710Tiered and Themed Cakes3
BPA3720Viennoiserie and Naturally Leavened Breads3
BPA3730Decorative Breads and Advanced Viennoiserie3
BPA3740Contemporary Plated Desserts3
BPA4710Advanced Petits Gateaux, Mini Pastries and Buffet Presentation3
BPA4720Advanced Chocolate and Sugar Artistry3
Applied/Experiential Learning
CFIT4799College of Food Innovation & Technology Advanced Internship12
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
CULS2210Food Science3
FSM3035Supervision for Food Service Professionals3
FSM3040Food Service Financial Systems3
A&S Core Experience
Integrative Learning 3
One ILS course 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
Statistics I
Social Sciences 6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, RES or SOC
A&S Electives3
One course with an EASC attribute
Total Credits61.0
Four-Year Credit Total122.0

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


Culinary Arts Associate's degree graduates enrolling in the Bachelor of Science degree in Baking & Pastry Arts must complete all associate Baking & Pastry laboratory courses.

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