Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Science (Bachelor Degree)

The Culinary Institute of America United States

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The award
Bachelor Degree

How long you will study
38 months

Domestic course fees
USD 14690 per semester

How you will study

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
USD 14690 per semester

All study options

About Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Science at The Culinary Institute of America

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBachelor DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study38 months
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesUSD 14690 per semesterInternational course feesUSD 14690 per semester

Notes about fees for this course

2017–2018 Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fees listed below go into effect on July 1, 2017 for all degree programs at our Hyde Park, NY campus.

First Semester

Freshman Tuition* $14,690

Application $50

Supplies $755†/$620††

Board** $1,775

General Fee+ $740

Total $18,010/$17,875  

Second Semester

Freshman Tuition* $14,690

Board** $1,775

General Fee+ $740

Total $17,205

* Full time tuition is per semester, with each semester ranging from 12–18 credits.
** Board listed is the CIA Meal plan, which provides points equivalent to two meals per day on scheduled class days with flexible gold points that can be used throughout the semester.
† First-semester supplies for culinary arts students include culinary tool kit and uniforms.
†† First-semester supplies for baking and pastry arts students include baking & pastry tool kit and uniforms.
‡ Supplies for culinary arts students.
‡‡ Supplies for baking and pastry arts students.
+ The general fee includes charges such as student activity and exam fees.
Note: Students in the bachelor’s degree programs may take a three-credit elective in Global Cuisines and Cultures. Rates are subject to change based on seasonal costs and exchange rates at the time of booking. Rates will be announced prior to registration for the course and currently average $5,000 per trip.

Entry requirements

Official Culinary Institute of America Application for Admission

Answers to Essay Questions

Character Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher, Employer, or Professional Colleague

Declaration of Financial Support

Bank Statement Showing Proof of One Year's Tuition and Fees

Offical Transcript(s) from High School or College

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