Culinary Arts

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Culinary Arts?

  • This program prepares learners for jobs that are ranked number 13 on the Wisconsin Technical College System Top 50 High Demand Fields List (2014–2024).
  • Perfect for those with a creative mind and a desire to provide excellent service.
  • Designed for individuals who are employed and wanting to advance their current skill level or for those wishing to enter the field and begin their pathway in the industry.
Earning a degree in culinary arts is a great way to explore your passion for creating new and exciting dishes. If you love food, you can develop the skills needed to launch your career in this satisfying and stimulating field.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Culinary Arts program prepares students to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and other commercial food establishments. Instruction includes recipe and menu planning, preparing and cooking of foods, supervising and training kitchen assistants, the management of food supplies and kitchen resources, aesthetics of food presentation, and familiarity with or mastery of a wide variety of cuisines and culinary techniques.

Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level roles in the food service and restaurant industry. You will develop both the technical and interpersonal skills needed for success and learn proper food safety practices. Hands-on activities include opportunities to apply culinary skills and plan menus, plan events, produce sales and marketing projects, draft budgets, practice effective management and customer service, and participate in an industry-related internship.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2022/23 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $10,472.16
  • Books: $1,907.10
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $465.10
  • Total Estimated Cost: $12,844.36

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10316112 Sanitation for Foodservice Operations 1
  10316125 Introduction to Food Production  3
  10801136 English Composition 1  3
  10809103 Think Critically & Creatively  3
  10316131 Nutrition 2
  Term Total   12 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10316128 Introduction to Foodservice 3
  10316129 Culinary Internship 2
  10316130 Introduction to Baking 2
  10804107 College Mathematics 3
-or- 10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications  4
-or- 10804189 Introductory Statistics 3
  10316126 Culinary Applications 2
  10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
-or- 10801198 Speech  3
  Term Total   15-16 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10809198 Intro to Psychology  3
  10316132 Environmental Sustainability 1
  10316133 Dining Room Customer Service 1
  10316134 International Cuisine 2
  10316135 American Regional Cuisine 3
  10109134 Cost Control-Revenue Management 3
  10316127 Menu Planning 3
  Term Total   16 Credits
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10196191 Supervision  3
  10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application  3
  10316136 Purchasing & Receiving 3
  10316137 Beverage Management 1
  10316138 Garde Manger 3
  10316139 Restaurant Operations 4
  Term Total   17 Credits
  Program Total   60-61 Credits

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.



  • Head Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Sous Chef
  • Banquet Chef
  • Chef
  • Garde Manger

“In these crucial times, students must also understand the business side of the industry, and this degree program will help provide talented, passionate employees to a culinary community that is definitely in need of them.”



Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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