Culinary Arts and Hospitality (A.A.S.)
The A.A.S. degree in culinary arts and hospitality is a two-year program designed to prepare students with skills and knowledge for advancement within the food service industry. The degree program builds upon the culinary arts and baking and pastry arts certificate programs.
You will develop the knowledge and skill required to be a productive professional within the foodservice industry through coursework that teaches: foodservice sanitation and safety; culinary and baking principles and techniques; preparation of soups, stocks and sauces; nutrition principles; and food and beverage service. Advanced program coursework includes: protein fabrication; vegetable and a’ la cart cookery; methods of scratch cookery; upscale pantry preparation; menu planning; cost management; and storeroom purchasing and receiving.
Baking and Pastry Arts (Cert.)
The baking and pastry arts certificate is a one-year program designed to prepare you for entry-level baking positions within the food service industry.
Coursework included in this certificate will develop foundation-level knowledge and skills in baking and pastry arts through courses in foodservice sanitation and safety, culinary and baking principles and techniques. You will also complete intermediate-level baking and pastry coursework, as well as individual course selections that support your goals and interests.
The program has also been structured to enable students to complete both the culinary arts and baking and pastry arts certificate in 10 months and has also been designed as a stepping stone to the A.A.S. degree in applied business for students interested in continuing to advance their knowledge through additional education.
Culinary Arts (Cert.)
The culinary arts certificate is a one-year program designed to prepare you for entry-level cooking positions within the food service industry.
Coursework included in this certificate will develop foundation-level knowledge and skills in culinary arts through courses in foodservice sanitation and safety, culinary and baking principles and techniques. You will also complete intermediate-level culinary arts coursework, as well as individual course selections that support your goals and interests.
The program has also been structured to enable students to complete both the culinary art and baking and pastry arts certificate in 10 months and has also been designed as a stepping stone to the A.A.S. degree in applied business for students interested in continuing to advance their knowledge through additional education.
The culinary arts and hospitality program prepares students for careers in the ever-expanding field of food preparation and food services. The program provides a comprehensive culinary education focused on student centered learning and industry endorsed outcomes. Instruction will include the exploration of the culinary field and different specialty areas so that students learn about the many diverse opportunities available within the industry.
Graduates may choose from numerous career paths including restaurants, bakeries, food production, hotels, hospitals, catering companies, mining camps, cruise ships, or any other facility that requires food service as part of its operation.
The A.A.S. degree is transferable to the bachelor’s in hospitality management at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, which provides graduates the option continue their education at the bachelor’s level.
Program is completed through in-person courses in which students receive both classroom and practical hands-on learning experiences. Class size is limited, so students will receive individual help and attention.
The certificates have been structured into a 10-month certificate completion program that enable students to complete both the culinary arts and the baking and pastry arts certificates In a single academic year.
Program courses begins mid-August of each year.
The optimal semester for students to begin their program is in the fall semester. Students can start their program in the spring semester; however, because some classes are only offered once per year, it will take three semesters to complete the certificate program and five semesters to complete their A.A.S. degree.
10-Month Certificate Completion Program: Get in, Get Out, and Get to Work! The culinary arts and baking and pastry certificate programs have been structured as an intensive, hands-on course sequence that includes 420 hour of instruction over 10-months. This 10-month program of study begins mid-August each year and has been designed to enable students to either enter the workforce upon completion or transition seamlessly into the associate program for students interested in refining and deepening their culinary skills through a second year of study.
BOREALIS BISTRO: In an effort to provide real world experience, students will be part of a full service luncheon within our student run bistro. The bistro’s service operation is run by students as part of their food and beverage service class and food production is handled by second year students as part of their á la carte cooking class.
Early Program Start: Fall classes begin mid-August of each year for students beginning their certificate or degree program. This early start date requires students to be available to attend classes daily during the last two weeks of August and because many courses are only offered once per year, it is important for students to work closely with their program advisor to ensure optimal course selected.
This early start date will also require students to submit a request to move in early for any student who plans to live on campus.
Complete the following steps if you plan to live on campus and will need to move in early.
- If you haven’t already applied for housing, you will need to first complete an Application for Housing.
- Fill out parts 1 -5 of the Exception to Housing Agreement form (PDF).
Part 2: choose “Other” and write “early arrival request”
Part 3: choose “Other” and write “academic reasons”
Part 4: sign and date
Part 5: read and initial each statement. Provide a detailed explanation for your request to move in early. Your request should include the following information:
- You are enrolled in the Culinary Arts & Hospitality program and indicate the date of your first class session.
- Provide the date you are requesting to move into housing (Note: typically, exceptions to move in up to 48 hours prior to the start date will be granted).
- Obtain a copy of your schedule that lists your early start class.
- Email the completed form and a copy of your class schedule to .
- Requests are generally processed mid-summer.
Students moving in early will incur a charge for each of the days they are living on campus prior to the start of their fall housing contract.
If you have general questions about housing or would like additional information about housing rate or submitting your request to move in early, please contact UAF Residence Life at (907) 474-7247
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