2023 - 2024 Dallas College Catalog

2023 - 2024 Catalog
Program: Culinary/Pastry Arts
Title: Culinary Arts Foundations Certificate

(Level 1 Certificate)

Offered on all campuses
  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.CUL.ARTS.FND

This level-one certificate is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to obtain employment as a prep cook, cook or pastry cook. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of food safety and sanitation as well as supervision theory. In the lab classes, students will learn fundamental cooking and baking techniques as well as advanced cooking skills. Students are required to complete an External Learning Experience through a culinary or bakery/pastry practicum in which the student must obtain food preparation or baking/pastry cook employment, respectively, and work at least 20 hours per week during that semester. This level-one certificate is waived from TSI requirements as long as the student completes the TSI waiver form prior to enrollment. This certificate is a building block towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts and/or the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Bakery/Pastry.

All CHEF, PSTR and RSTO courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

All students enrolled in advanced cooking and pastry classes must have successfully completed CHEF 1305 with a "C" or better and a minimum of a food handler's certificate preferred ServSafe Food Manager Certificate or the Texas Food Guard Certification.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CHEF 1305 Sanitation and Safety+ 3
PSTR 1301 Fundamentals of Baking#+ 3
CHEF 1301 Basic Food Preparation#+ 3
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CHEF 2331 Advanced Food Preparation 3
HAMG 1321 Introduction to Hospitality Industry 3
Semester Total 6
Minimum Hours Required 15

+Courses in Semester I are taught in 8 and 16-week semesters. Students enrolled in a 16-week semester cannot take CHEF 1301 and CHEF 2331 in the same semester.

#PSTR 1301 and CHEF 1301 - Students must possess Texas State recognized Food Handler Certification by the 4th class day.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.