Academic Catalogs

Level 1 - Culinary Food Science Assistant, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_CULN
Control Number: 16773

Orange Coast College’s Culinary and Food Sciences Assistant program is designed for students who are interested in working as assistants in the following fields: food research and development, product development, recipe development, product duplication, quality assurance, sensory, or flavor chemistry.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be competent entry-level Culinary and Food Science assistants meeting the employment needs of the community and be able to communicate and work effectively with Chefs, Food Scientist and clientele.
  2. Communicate and work effectively with Chefs, Food Scientists, and clientele.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Prerequisites
FN/NC A100Careers in Dietetics and Food Science1
FN A170Nutrition3
FSM A160Sanitation and Safety3
Total Units7
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
CA A120 Culinary Principles 1 3
CA A124 Principles of Baking 1 2
FN A195 Food Science 4
MATH/PSYC A160 Introduction to Statistics 4
 Units13
Semester 2
CA A149 Pantry 2
CHEM A130 Preparation for General Chemistry 4
FN A185 Cultural Foods 2
FN A286 Directed Practice for Culionology®/Food Science 2
 Units10
 Total Units23
Requirement Units
Total Units 30