Baking and Pastry Arts

This program will prepare you for employment in the field of baking and pastry arts. An Associate of Applied Science Degree and a Technical Certificate are offered.


The Technical Certificate program will guide you in the development of the skills and understanding needed to produce pastries, yeast products, quick breads, and the use of fruits in the creation of desserts. Completing the certificate program can prepare you to continue with the additional study offered in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Baking and Pastry.

In the Associate of Applied Science Degree program you will develop the skills offered in the Technical Certificate program along with additional skills including the production of chocolates, cakes and cake decorating, ice creams and frozen desserts, and decorative show pieces.

The business and management courses included as part of the Associate of Applied Science Degree program, are nutrition, purchasing, supervision, and business information technology. These courses will prepare you for advanced study in the Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management.

Student Learning Outcomes

Baking Kitchen Mixer

1. Apply principles of safety and sanitation to workplace setting. (Applied Learning)

2. Apply mathematical concepts and practices to the field of baking and pastry as a basis for accurate ingredient measurements, high altitude adjustment, and formula yield conversion. (Quantitative Fluency)

3. Apply appropriate vocabulary used in the field of baking and pastries for equipment, tools, ingredients and menu items. (Specialized Knowledge/Communication)

4. Identify, formulate and assess a variety of baked products. (Specialized Knowledge)

Program Strengths

  • Courses are taught in a modern state-of-the-art bakery
  • On-campus full-service restaurant (Chez Lena)
  • Small class sizes
  • Acquire workplace skills in a classroom environment
  • Two enrollment periods per year; students may begin classes in the fall or spring

Emphasis/Degree Options

»Technical Certificate

Bakeshop Production Program Sheet

»Associate of Applied Science

Baking and Pastry Program Sheet


Career Options

Baking assistant
Journeyman baker
Cake decorator
Candy maker
Pastry cook
Assistant pastry chef
Bakeshop station chef
In-home entrepreneur

Gainful Employment

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