Culinary Arts, Nutrition and Food Systems

Degree & Certificate Options

The culinary arts program provides service for several restaurants on campus, including an à la carte modern bistro. In this excellent learning environment, you’ll learn to care for and maintain a full-service kitchen.

Requirements: Because of the high demand and limited space of the program, students are required to take an entrance exam and must score an 80% or above to be accepted into the program. Students are then required to maintain a “B” average in order to secure one of the 16 spots for the second year of the program. 

All students must be 18 or older in order to attend the Culinary Program, as one of the requirements is to have an OLCC card.

Note: in addition to the regular costs of college, students in the culinary arts program spend about $500 on uniforms, knives, shoes, books, and other equipment. Please wait until after the first day of class to purchase these items.

Culinary Arts, Associate of Applied Science

Culinary Arts is an extensive, hands-on, theory-based program that prepares the student for a career as a professional chef.


Nutrition and Food Service Systems emphasis, Associate of Science

The Nutrition and Foodservice Systems degree is offered in cooperation with Oregon State University, tailored for the individual seeking a baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Foodservice Systems with a strong Culinary Arts component. This program allows you to transition seamlessly to OSU to complete the final two years of your degree.