Culinary Arts: Baking and Pastry Art, A.A.S.

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Program Information

The Culinary Arts: Baking and Pastry Art program prepares students for a challenging career in the bake shop.  The curriculum emphasizes fundamental techniques in culinary arts, and baking. Students will be introduced to the techniques of procuring artisan breads, classic pastries, pies, tarts and petit fours, celebration cakes, confections and showpieces. Throughout the program students will develop professionalism and proficiency in preparation procedures, production methods and presentation techniques of pastries, baked goods and desserts, as well as related instruction in cost controls, food handling safety, purchasing, menu planning, dining service, and nutrition and wellness.

Job Outlook

61,237 Jobs (2020)

+6.3% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

The Culinary Arts: Baking and Pastry Art program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the two-year degree. Students learn extensive cooking and baking skills, applicable to any type of food service operation, including institutional, hotel, restaurant, or country club facilities, with an emphasis on the bake shop.


  • Entry: $11.21
  • Average: $13.26
  • Experienced: $19.20

Career Examples

  • Bartenders
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including fast Food
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Post Secondary Teachers
  • Cooks, Restaurant
  • Food Preparation Workers
  • Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

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First Semester

HCM 186 - Culinary Foundations I

HCM 111 - Principles of Baking I

HCM 191 - Quantity Food Production I Lab

HCM 113 - Culinary Baking

HCM 100 - Sanitation and Safety

HCM 200 - Dining Service

MAT 711 - Business and Financial Mathematics

Second Semester

HCM 187 - Culinary Foundations II

HCM 112 - Principles of Baking II

HCM 192 - Quantity Food Production II Lab

HCM 121 - Culinary Baking II


HCM 517 - Baking Internship

Third Semester

HCM 240 - Menu Planning and Design

HCM 230 - Nutrition and Wellness

HCM 343 - Recipe Costing and Menu Pricing

HCM 255 - Purchasing

HCM 257 - Advanced Baking I

HCM 267 - Baking Science

Fourth Semester

HCM 278 - Cost Control

HCM 258 - Advanced Baking II

HCM 273 - Baking Seminar

HCM 330 - Hospitality Personnel Management

HCM 525 - Baking Capstone

MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment

Total Semester Hours Required: 71.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Identify & demonstrate how to properly use the principle pieces of equipment in a bakery setting while preparing foods in mass quantity.
  • Recognize and develop menu preparation using a variety of cooking and plating techniques relevant to specific regions around the world.
  • Define and explain the structure and functions of a standardized recipe and how to price out for a menu after it has been modified or extended.
  • Demonstrate a set of mental and manual skills, and the ability to apply them to a range of baking styles, using equipment in quantity, hot and cold foods preparation.
  • Understand and apply basic baking principles specifically to baked goods during preparation in accordance to industry standards and specifications.
  • Evaluate and describe the quality of baking and pastry products characteristics as well as proposing measures for changing ingredient and production methods as needed.
  • Identify and demonstrate problem solving skills, professionalism, organization, training and safe food handling in regards to HACCP as it relates to working in a bakery.
  • Identify and describe nutritional concerns in regards to the food guide pyramid as well as allergy and food intolerance concerns associated with baked goods.
  • Identify and describe various ingredients and pairing in regards to baking selections.
  • Discuss and apply concepts, techniques, and terminology to various cuisines, and cultures from around the world.

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