Associate Degree in Culinary Arts

The University of North Alabama’s Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts is designed for passionate students eager to complete their journey from test kitchens to commercial ones. Our associate degree in Culinary Arts is provided in a condensed two-year timeframe full of robust training on the necessary concepts for a culinary Chef, such as top-notch training in culinary concepts like menu planning, food purchases, prepping and cooking, and plate presentation.

Classes will cover all areas of cooking from sauces and soups to complete food production, and even understanding the legal concepts behind catering and working hospitality events. Graduates from this program will receive world-class instruction for the modern culinary industry so you are prepared to begin your career doing what you love.


$340 per credit hour
plus additional fees


Time to Complete
2 years (4 semesters + 2 summers)


Modality Offered:
In Person


Associate of Science
in Culinary Arts

Associate Degree: Culinary Arts

Why the University of North Alabama?

As Alabama’s Workforce Development University, UNA has pioneered programs hailed for their excellence and dedication to the growth of students, including providing access to opportunities for professional development like the expansive annual Career Fair.

UNA’s Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts, unique in the Tennessee Valley area, prepares students to fill in-demand jobs and provides the region with well-trained and passionate culinary artists in less time than a traditional bachelor’s degree.

What can I do with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts?

Graduates from this program will be trained in all aspects of the food service industry. While our streamlined two-year program provides you with the necessary skills to immediately enter the workforce as a line cook in any restaurant kitchen, graduates will also gain skills and knowledge to qualify for other roles such as pastry chef, sous chef, caterer, and personal chef. For graduates interested in management, the University of North Alabama also offers opportunities to earn additional credentials as you gain experience in the industry.


The degree is composed of a series of stackable certificates. Students completing the degree are required to meet all general education requirements, which will earn them a General Education Short-Term Certificate. Additionally, students must complete two out of the three certificates described below to earn their Associate of Science Degree.

  • Dining/Restaurant Supervision
  • Kitchen Supervision
  • Banquet and Event Supervision


General Education Short-Term Certificate Credits
EN 111 - First Year Composition I 3
EN 112 - First Year Composition II 3
COM 201 3
Fine Arts elective  3
Literature elective 3
Humanities elective  3
Mathematics elective  3
Natural Science elective 4
6 hours of Social and Behavioral Science electives  6
Total Hours 31

 Culinary Arts Core Courses 

Course Credits
CAM 112 - Food Safety and Sanitation 3
CAM 250 - Intro to Culinary Arts 1
HEM 102 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 3

Choose 2 of the following Certificates:

Certificate in Dining/Restaurant Supervision
Certificate in Kitchen Supervision
Certificate in Banquet and Event Supervision
Total Hours 61 - 65



The University of North Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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