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Certificate Program


School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

MCC Program Code: HM09
CIP Code: 12.0503
NYSED Code (BRI): 01246

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The Culinary Arts Certificate program is for the student who is primarily interested in a Culinary Arts concentration without the broad liberal arts background. A graduate of the Culinary Arts Certificate program will have established a basis for a career in the food service industry, and will qualify for a position as an entry-level culinary professional in a commercial or institutional food service operation.
(Housed in the Hospitality Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1.Apply proper food handling techniques.
2.Employ different cooking techniques and evaluate their outcomes.
3.Demonstrate the basic fundamentals of cooking in a professional kitchen.
4.Apply food safety and sanitation guidelines and regulations.
5.Apply basic culinary mathematics.
6.Discuss culinary history.
7.Use basic kitchen terminology appropriately.
8.Identify kitchen tools and equipment with their use.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
TRS 200 and TRS 092 with a grade of C or better OR MCC Level 2 Mathematics Placement

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
FSA 109 Culinary Arts: Fundamentals of Food Preparation I 5
FSA 106 Food Safety and Sanitation1
FSA/BIO 117 Basic Consumer Nutrition3
HSP 102 Hospitality Service4
FSA 221 Cost Control3
SECOND SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
FSA 203 Culinary Arts II: Advanced Food Production5
FSA 119 Culinary Arts: Fundamentals of Food Preparation II 5
HSP 260 Cooperative Education - Hospitality Management4
Program Elective* 3
*Choose any course that is not already required with an FSA or HSP prefix

NOTE: Please see the Hospitality Management A.A.S. Degree - Food Service and Culinary Arts, for a degree option to the Certificate program.