2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Culinary | Pastry | Hospitality
Degree Plan: Culinary Arts Foundations Certificate

(Level 1 Certificate)

El Centro campus only

  • 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.CULINARY.FND.20

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.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CHEF 1305 Sanitation and Safety 3
CHEF 1301 Basic Food Preparation + 3
RSTO 1313 Hospitality Supervision 3
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CHEF 2331 Advanced Food Preparation 3
PSTR 1301 Fundamentals of Baking 3
PSTR 1364 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef* OR 3
CHEF 1264 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Culinary Arts/Chef Training (2)
Semester Total 8-9
Minimum Hours Required 17-18

+Note for CHEF 1301: Student must possess Texas State recognized Food Handler Certification to be admitted to class on the first 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.