Baking and Pastry Arts, Associate in Applied Science

Forest Park

The AAS in Hospitality Studies: Baking and Pastry Arts will allow students to gain the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to become a successful pastry professional. Concepts of baking theory; breads, rolls, and bakeries; production pastry techniques; and cake production and decoration will lay the foundation for essential pastry-related skills. Advanced classes in artisan and decorative bread; ice cream and frozen desserts; chocolate candies and showpieces; plated desserts; and sugar candies and showpieces will allow specialized training in specific areas of concentration for the aspiring pastry chef. The final course, Baking and Pastry Arts Capstone, will give the student a real-world simulation of what to expect upon graduation, while preparing them to earn the Certified Pastry Culinarian certification from the American Culinary Federation.

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At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. work within established guidelines for safety and sanitation at all times.
  2. demonstrate a basic understanding of basic baking and pastry cooking techniques.
  3. prepare numerous benchmark formulations for bakery and pastry staples outlined by the American Culinary Federation’s Certified Pastry Culinarian certification standards.
  4. interpret numerical data that will influence financial decisions in bakeshop operations including calculation of food, recipe, and labor costs.
  5. prepare savory food products, using standards defined by the American Culinary Federation.
  6. project a level of professionalism appropriate to hospitality industry standards.
  7. describe functions and food sources of the major nutrients in food preparation and storage.
  8. utilize artistic concepts in presenting pastry goods and showpieces.

Program of Study

General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
MTH 108Elementary Applied Mathematics (or Higher Level Mathematics)3
BIO 177Food Science3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3
HST 102United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)3
Area of Concentration
HTM 100Introduction to the Hospitality Industry3
CUL 101Safety and Sanitation1
DIT 115Principles of Nutrition3
HTM 120Supervision and Leadership in the Hospitality Industry3
HTM 200Procurement in the Hospitality Industry3
HTM 210Hospitality Financial Planning and Cost Control3
Baking and Pastry Arts Option
BAP 101Introduction to Baking Theory3
BAP 105Breads, Rolls, and Bakeries3
BAP 110Production Pastry Techniques3
BAP 115Cake Production and Decoration3
BAP 160Artistic Concepts in Pastry (Artistic Concepts in Pastry)3
BAP 201Artisan and Decorative Bread2
CUL 150Culinary Essentials3
BAP 205Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts2
BAP 210Chocolate Candies and Showpieces2
BAP 215Plated Desserts2
BAP 220Sugar Candies and Showpieces2
BAP 260Baking and Pastry Arts Capstone3
Total Credit Hours65
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
MTH 108 Elementary Applied Mathematics3MTH 020 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test and Reading Proficiency. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 3 years.
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3Reading Proficiency.
HTM 100 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry3Reading Proficiency.
DIT 115 Principles of Nutrition3Reading Proficiency.
CUL 101 Safety and Sanitation1Reading Proficiency.Upon successful completion of this semester, students are eligible to enroll in lab classes
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 177 Food Science3Reading Proficiency.
BAP 101 Introduction to Baking Theory3CUL 101, HTM 100, and Reading Proficiency.
BAP 105 Breads, Rolls, and Bakeries3BAP 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
BAP 110 Production Pastry Techniques3BAP 105 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
BAP 115 Cake Production and Decoration3BAP 110 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
CUL 150 Culinary Essentials3CUL 101, HTM 100, and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours18
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
HTM 200 Procurement in the Hospitality Industry3HTM 100, MTH 108 or Higher, and Reading Proficiency.
HTM 210 Hospitality Financial Planning and Cost Control3HTM 100, MTH 108 or higher, and Reading Proficiency.
BAP 160 Artistic Concepts in Pastry3Reading Proficiency.
BAP 201 Artisan and Decorative Bread2BAP 115 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
BAP 205 Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts2BAP 201 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
BAP 210 Chocolate Candies and Showpieces2BAP 205 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
BAP 215 Plated Desserts2BAP 210 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
BAP 220 Sugar Candies and Showpieces2BAP 215 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours19
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
HST 102 United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)3Reading Proficiency.
HTM 120 Supervision and Leadership in the Hospitality Industry3HTM 100 and Reading Proficiency.
BAP 260 Baking and Pastry Arts Capstone3CUL 150 and BAP 220 with a minimum grade of "C", HTM 200, HTM 210, and Reading Proficiency.Students are eligible to apply to the American Culinary Federation for certification as a Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) upon graduation
Credit Hours12
Total Credit Hours65

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