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Level 1 - Culinary Food Science Assistant, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CT_CULN

Control Number: 16773

Financial Aid Eligible

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 of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  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.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  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 their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Prerequisites
FN A100Careers in Dietetics and Food Science1
or NC A100 Careers in Dietetics/FDSCI
FN A170Nutrition3
FSM A160Sanitation and Safety2
Required Courses
CA A120Culinary Principles 13
CA A124Principles of Baking 12
CA A149Pantry2
CHEM A130Preparation for General Chemistry4
FN A185Cultural Foods2
FN A195Food Science4
FN A286Directed Practice for Culionology®/Food Science2
MATH A160Introduction to Statistics4
or PSYC A160 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Total Units29

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Some courses in this program may be offered once per academic year.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FN A100
Careers in Dietetics and Food Science
or Careers in Dietetics/FDSCI
FN A170 Nutrition 3
FSM A160 Sanitation and Safety 2
Semester 2
CA A120 Culinary Principles 1 3
CA A124 Principles of Baking 1 2
FN A195 Food Science 4
Introduction to Statistics
or Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Year 2
Semester 1
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
 Total Units29