Culinary Arts (Accelerated)
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Culinary Arts (Accelerated)

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Why Culinary Arts Certificate at APSU?

The undergraduate Certificate in Accelerated Culinary Arts prepares students, particularly active-duty military personnel, for current jobs and future careers in Culinary Arts and related areas. Students will gain knowledge and experience to enhance their professional work and credentials. The total Certificate is 12 credit-hours. Please note: While the Certificate is designed to appeal to active-duty military personnel, the program is open to all who are interested and qualify.

What will I learn?

Students who complete the Culinary Arts certificate, will be have an enhanced set or skills and awareness for culinary preparation and management. This certificate will also put students in a position to pursue the full Associate of Applied Science degree should they wish to do so.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life.  

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate recipients Do After Graduation?


  • Enhances credentials
  • Active-Duty personnel who wish to prepare for specific jobs in the Culinary Field
  • Courses may be applied to the AAS with concentration in Restaurant Management