Culinary Arts

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
Business and Computer Technology - (313) 845-9645 -

Culinary Arts Associate in Applied Science:
Exciting professional careers relying on your character, leadership and technical skills are available and waiting in the global industry of hospitality and tourism. Coupled with diverse line level work experience, the student completing this degree can expect to achieve an entry level supervisory or management position in one of the following areas:

  • Full Service Hotels

  • Resort and Travel Destinations
  • Fine Dining Restaurants

  • Health Care Services
  • College and University Dining

  • Casinos
  • Conference Centers
  • Food Sales and Marketing

  • School Food Service

  • Catering
  • Casual Dining Restaurants

  • Sports, Leisure and Event Services

The Culinary Arts Associate in Applied Science is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). The department has also earned the Exemplary Program Award symbolizing the highest educational standards recognized by the ACFEFAC. The award is presented to programs that have proven consistent compliance with all ACFEFAC accreditation requirements, along with excellent management of the program. ACFEFAC is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Instructors receive training and certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational lnstitute, The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Federation of Dining Room Professionals and the American Culinary Federation.

For a four-year degree in the Hospitality field, refer to articulation agreements with Siena Heights University, Eastern Michigan University or Madonna University. Students can transfer up to 90 credits (three years work) from HFCC and complete approximately their last year at one of the above listed universities.

Chef's uniform required for this Culinary lab class. (PRC)= A score of 43 or above on the ASSET Reading Test, or 82 or above on the COMPASS Test, or satisfactory completion of ENG 081 Developmental College Reading.

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Madonna University
  • Siena Heights University

Program Requirements

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
68 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Core Courses

*HOSP 121 (2 Cr Hrs), HOSP 124 (3 Cr Hrs), and HOSP 125 (3 Cr Hrs) must be taken concurrently.

**Students may take HOSP 190 (minimum of 150 working hours for 2 semesters) instead of HOSP 290 (minimum of 300 hours in 1 semester).

Official HFCC chef's uniform required to be purchased prior to beginning classes for culinary lab courses - contact department on process to order uniforms. Visit the Hospitality Department in C-163 in the Culinary Arts & Student Center building, or online at for uniform ordering information.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.