The bachelor's degree program in baking and pastry arts is a degree completion program for students with at least 30 eligible transfer credits to matriculate into this program. The program prepares graduates for a variety of foodservice industry positions such as executive pastry chef, chocolatier, catering manager, food entrepreneur, bakeshop owner, purchasing manager, and more.
In the program, students develop skills including inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative information literacy, problem-solving, and teamwork. They also build global and intercultural awareness, knowledge of contemporary food systems, and an appreciation for sustainable food resources.
Bachelor's students majoring in baking and pastry arts also have the option of taking a concentration to focus their studies on the industry career track that interests them most. Depending on the academic concentration chosen, students take one semester of study at the CIA in California, Texas, Singapore, or New York; a semester in Italy; a semester in Spain; or a semester in New York that includes a 10-day culinary tour of Japan:
- Asian Cuisine: An Edible Journey from Traditional to Contemporary (semester in Singapore)
- Farm-to-Table: Practices of a Sustainable Table (semester in California or New York)
- Japanese Cuisine: A Study of Tradition, Flavor and Culture (semester in New York including 10 days in Japan)
- Latin Cuisine Studies: New World Flavors, Ingredients, and Techniques (semester in Texas)
- Mediterranean Cuisine: Exploring Cultures, Traditions, and Flavors (semester in Spain)
See Bachelor's degree concentrations for more information on these concentrations.
To qualify for the bachelor's degree in baking and pastry arts, students must be in good standing at the college and complete a total of 123 credits. Students also need to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 to complete the bachelor's degree program. Students may be eligible to receive up to 60 credits toward their degree for prior course work, certain examinations, military experience, and/or life achievement. CIA associate degree graduates with eligible transfer credits from other institutions must also complete at least one semester beyond the associate degree.
Program Learning Outcomes
In this program, students can complete their bachelor's degree while gaining a deep knowledge of the foodservice and hospitality industries. The bachelor's degree program in baking and pastry arts provides an in-depth view of advanced baking and pastry taught by seasoned veterans, business owners, master bakers and pastry chefs, wine experts, managers, and maître d's. Students will practice the rigor of organization that enables great leaders, bakers, and pastry chefs. They will be able to use this baking and pastry vocabulary and skill to communicate globally about flavor, food safety, health and wellness, sustainability and, most important, the joys of achieving great flavors through excellent techniques.
- Students will demonstrate skill in baking and pastry methods and techniques, product knowledge, and food handling and organization.
- Students will practice sanitation and safety skills and will demonstrate the ability to use tools and equipment effectively.
- Students will also demonstrate critical thinking skills and strong foundations for lifelong learning.
Instructional Programs and Schedule
While enrolled in this bachelor's degree program, students will attend class over a 15-week semester. The college's academic schedule ensures that students will progress from intermediate to advanced subject matter in proper sequence.
The CIA reserves the right to modify course sequence, content, and offerings.