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

First Semester

HCM 186 - Culinary Foundations I 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 191 - Quantity Food Production I Lab 4.0 Credit(s)
HCM 113 - Culinary Baking 1.0 Credit(s)
HCM 100 - Sanitation and Safety 2.0 Credit(s)
MAT 711 - Business and Financial Mathematics 3.0 Credit(s)
PHI 101 - Introduction to Philosophy 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Second Semester

HCM 187 - Culinary Foundations II 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 192 - Quantity Food Production II Lab 4.0 Credit(s)
HCM 278 - Cost Control 2.0 Credit(s)
HCM 121 - Culinary Baking II 1.0 Credit(s)
HCM 255 - Purchasing 3.0 Credit(s)
ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits


HCM 517 - Baking Internship 2.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 2.0 Credits

Third Semester

HCM 230 - Nutrition and Wellness 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 257 - Advanced Baking I 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 216 - Pastries 1.0 Credit(s)
HCM 223 - Laminated Doughs 1.0 Credit(s)
HCM 218 - Cakes 1.0 Credit(s)
HCM 221 - Cake Decorating 1.0 Credit(s)
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 13.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

HCM 258 - Advanced Baking II 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 330 - Hospitality Personnel Management 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 217 - Artisan Breads 1.0 Credit(s)
HCM 219 - International Breads 1.0 Credit(s)
HCM 220 - Chocolate and Sugar 1.0 Credit(s)
HCM 222 - Convenience Foods 1.0 Credit(s)
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 200 - Dining Service 2.0 Credit(s)
HCM 525 - Baking Capstone 1.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 63.0


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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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