Culinary - A.A.S. Degree

Turn your passion for food presentation and flavor into a career!

Our dedicated team of staff and faculty will help you from your application to graduation. Sussex provides a solid framework on which to build your college education for a successful future.

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The Culinary Option is designed for students who are interested in becoming a professional chef or obtaining skills for a career in the culinary industry. Student success is a priority in this student-focused program offering a comprehensive curriculum and actual practice in all aspects of the culinary arts. Emphasis will be on the technical and management skills needed to work in restaurants and foodservice operations. Students will have the opportunity to apply and practice skills acquired in a real-world environment. This program provides a solid foundation for a great and exciting culinary career.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic industry terminology.
  • Practice standards in behavior, grooming, dress, and safety that reflect the mature work attitude expected of an industry professional.
  • Maintain high standards of sanitation and food safety as established by the ServSafe® program.
  • Develop skills in knife, tool and equipment handling and care, apply principles of food preparation to produce a variety of food products.
  • Demonstrate the overall concept of purchasing and receiving practices in quality food service operations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to convert, weigh and measure recipes.
  • Describe the characteristics, functions, and food sources of the major nutrients and maximize nutrient retention in menu planning, food preparation, and storage.
  • Develop skills in the fabrication, portioning and yield costing of protein products.
  • Demonstrate proficiency techniques preparation and presentation of baking and pastry.
  • Demonstrate quality customer service including supervisory management, dining room service, guest service, working with others and multi-tasking.
  • Apply the principles of menu planning, development, and execution.
  • Communicate clearly and professionally, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills, based on operational theory and procedures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational structures within hospitality and foodservice establishments.

Thank you for choosing Sussex County Community College as the place to begin your education. We pride ourselves on giving you the individualized attention you need to be successful.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
CULA103 Food Service Sanitation 1
CULA105 Basic Culinary Skills** 3
CULA107 Food Principles** 3
CULA110 Meat Fabrication for Culinarian** 2
CULA118 Garde Manger** 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
CULA122 Basic Baking*** 3
CULA130 Charcuterie*** 3
CULA135 Advanced Baking and Pastry*** 3
CULA140 Breakfast and Lunch Cookery*** 3
HOST101 Introduction to Hotel, Restaurant
and Institutional Management
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
ENGL125 Technical Writing and Communication I 3
MATH105 Technical Mathematics 3
Humanities or
Social Science Gen Ed Requirement*
CULA202 Italian Cuisine** 3
CULA210 International Cuisine** 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GNED000 General Ed Education Elective* 3
GNED000 General Ed Education Elective* 3
CULA235 Classical French Cuisine*** 3
CULA255 North American Cuisine*** 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

**Course only offered in fall

***Course only offered in spring

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.