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Culinary and Dietary Operations Management BS Degree

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Schoolcraft program code # BS.00397

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Culinary and Dietary Operations Management Program is designed for experienced culinary students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree that will lead them to management positions in the food and nutrition industry. This degree program combines business and science courses to provide the culinarian with knowledge and expertise in management, food science and nutrition. Students entering into the Culinary and Dietary Operations Management Baccalaureate Degree Program are preparing themselves for positions of increasing responsibility in culinary and dietary operations.Completion of the degree requirements will also help students prepare to successfully complete exams for the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) credential from the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals (ANFP), an important credential for students interested in food service operations.

Upon completion of the BS in Culinary and Dietary Operations Management Program, students will have demonstrated proficiency in the following areas:

  • Application of new technology to food service operations and nutritional analysis.
  • Physical resource management including space, equipment, inventory, labor and overhead.
  • Application of quantitative reasoning to food service operations.
  • Sustainable agriculture and restaurant operations.
  • Food and kitchen safety.
  • Professionalism and leadership.
  • Professional communication skills.
  • Human resource operations.
  • Interpretation of federal, state and local laws as they apply to food service operations.
  • Assess financial resources required for successful food service operations.

Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.

Sample Schedule of Courses

Admission Prerequisite

Total Credits: 65

First Year

Total Credits: 14

Winter Semester


Any MTA approved Humanities Course Recommended:
Total Credits: 16

Spring/Summer Session

Total Credits: 6

Second Year

Social Science

Any MTA approved Social Science Course Recommended:
Total Credits: 15-16

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits: 3

Total 66-67 Credits

Admission Prerequisite 65 Credits

Program Total: 131-132 Credits

*Professional-level American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) credentialed chefs interested in these programs may contact the Culinary Department to explore their options toward fulfilling the associate degree requirements using Prior Learning Credits. For more information about Prior Learning Credits, contact the Registrar.

**Students must begin NFS 491  within one year of completing NFS 480 .

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