With a CIA Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Culinary Science degree, you’ll have the expertise to work in a food research and development environment and create the foods of the future. Whether in a research kitchen for an independent restaurant, or in the product development laboratory of a leading food company, your culinary and/or baking and pastry art skills, coupled with a deep understanding of the chemistry, physics, and biology of foods will allow you to create food experiences that are creative, delicious, safe, and consistent. Study how food impacts the senses, learn to develop new food products, and apply the scientific method to answer your own questions about what is happening in the kitchen. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that provides you the foundation for a successful career. After you’ve earned your degree, you will have a strong theoretical and practical understand of the science behind the food and beverage experience.
- Develop an understanding of the scientific foundations of foods, and apply that knowledge in the design of innovative and creative sensory experiences.
- Understand how culinary science enhances food quality in research and development kitchens, multi-unit operations, commissary food production, fine dining establishments, small and large-scale manufacturers, and more.
- Continue to develop your culinary and baking and pastry skills by learning advanced techniques such as fermentation, sous-vide cooking, and the application of technical ingredients.
- Learn to prepare high-quality products for small- and large-scale production systems using a scientific understanding of food safety, and HACCP management systems.
- Cultivate a deeper knowledge of the functionality of ingredients, while learning more about their impact through the application of sensory evaluation techniques.
- Study precision temperature cooking, culinary chemistry, dynamics of heat transfer and the physical properties of food, and the microbial ecology of food systems.
- Execute an experimental study to answer your own culinary or baking and pastry question.
- Interact with more than 130 companies that visit CIA’s campus four times a year to recruit students. Discuss career opportunities with these leaders, which include Dole Consumer Products Division, EFCO Products, Highland Baking Company, McCormick, and Nestle, among many others.
- Gain valuable real-world experience during an off-campus internship semester.