Master both the art and science of cooking with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from Sullivan University’s world-renowned National Center for Hospitality Studies. We are committed to graduating the best-prepared, most sought-after culinary professionals in the industry. Whether your goal is to land a position in a trendy restaurant, own your own business or even pursue your passion for food around the world, our Culinary Arts program will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to make it in this competitive industry.

You will spend most of your time perfecting your cooking techniques and learning new methods in our top-of-the-line kitchen labs. You’ll also gain real-world experience through practicums and externships at Louisville and Lexington’s best restaurants. The solid foundation you will build with Sullivan’s Culinary Arts program will work in the favor of any aspiring chef and will prove to be well worth your time and investment, now and in the future.

  • To provide the finest foundational knowledge, skills and experiential learning to students entering into the hospitality industry by teaching both practical and knowledge-based industry standards.
  • To train tomorrow’s hospitality professionals to master effective verbal and written communication skills, professionalism and classical techniques and modern trends within the food service industry.
  • Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies (NCHS) has long set the standard for hospitality education, earning a reputation over the past three decades as one of the top hospitality schools in the U.S.
  • Ask any student what they love about the National Center for Hospitality Studies and you’ll hear the same answer over and over—the chefs. Our exceptionally talented and experienced faculty will not only be your instructors; they will become your mentors, your support system and your inspiration. The philosophy behind our culinary training is simple—you will become the best by learning from the best.
  • Culinary Arts students complete a practicum or externship at restaurants around the city, or at Sullivan’s fine-dining training restaurant, located on the Louisville campus.
  • Sullivan’s Culinary Arts student competition team holds an impressive winning record at the regional, national and international competition levels, boasting more than 400 gold, silver and bronze medals.
  • Thanks to Sullivan’s streamlined curriculum and year-round, 11-week quarters, you can complete your degree in as little as 18 months.

94 Credit Hours
Length: 18 months (day)
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
Total Credit Hours94
BFS 104Basic Culinary Theory4
BFS 106Basic Culinary Skills Laboratory6
BFS 214Garde Manger Theory4
BFS 216Garde Manger Laboratory6
BFS 264Advanced Culinary Techniques Laboratory4
BFS 276Restaurant Practicum6
CAM 134Food Service Sanitation4
CAM 174Basic Nutrition4
CAM 256International Cuisine6
CAM 284Food and Beverage Control4
COM 214Public Speaking4
ENG 101Composition I4
FYE 101Information Literacy4
HRM 164Hospitality Management and Supervision4
HRM 244Wines and Spirits4
MTH 115Principles of Mathematics4
PBA 124Baking Science4
PBA 126Baking Fundamentals6
General Studies Electives (12 Additional Credit Hours)12
Students must choose three additional General Education classes, including one from the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category, one from the Social/Behavioral Sciences category, and one from the Humanities/Fine Arts category. These classes are in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program.

Where will a degree from Sullivan take you?

With an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from Sullivan University, you’ll gain the skills and experience you need to work your way to the top in places such as:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Cruise ships
  • Hospitals
  • Educational institutions
  • Food brokerage businesses
  • Research and development kitchens

Our Culinary Arts degree will also prepare you for many opportunities that can lead to other roles within the food industry besides the traditional chef, including: 

  • Restaurant owner
  • Food stylist
  • Caterer
  • Personal chef
  • Nutritionist
  • Food scientist
  • Food and beverage manager

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