The Culinary Institute of America

  • Bachelor's Degree: Baking and Pastry Arts Management

    Today's baking and pastry leader is equal parts artist, culinarian, and astute businessperson. In the CIA's Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Baking and Pastry Arts Management degree program, you will gain the ideal management and cultural knowledge for careers in management, or for creating your own business in the future. And, after you complete your CIA associate degree, you can complete this bachelor’s degree program in just 17 months.

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    After completing your CIA associate degree in baking and pastry arts, in the junior and senior years of this bachelor's degree program you will:

    Prerequisites

    You must have an AOS degree in baking and pastry arts from The Culinary Institute of America to be accepted into this program.

    Curriculum

    JUNIOR/SENIOR YEAR

    Required Liberal Arts Courses (24 Credits)

    CourseCredits
    Math/Science (Select one)
    College Algebra
    Introduction to Statistics
    Survey of Mathematics
    Science Fundamentals
    3 credits
    Literature
    Literature and Composition
    3 credits
    History (Select two)
    History and Cultures of Asia
    History and Cultures of Europe
    History and Cultures of the Americas
    6 credits
    Social Science (Select two, one must be Macro or Microeconomics)
    Anthropology of Food
    Principles of Macroeconomics
    Principles of Microeconomics
    Psychology of Human Behavior
    Social Psychology
    3 credits
    Foreign Language (Select two of the same language in sequence)
    Elementary Chinese I
    Elementary Chinese II
    Elementary French I
    Elementary French II
    Elementary Italian I
    Elementary Italian II
    Elementary Spanish I
    Elementary Spanish II
    Intermediate French
    Intermediate Italian
    Intermediate Spanish
    6 credits

    Liberal Arts Electives (3 Credits)

    CourseCredits
    Select one
    American Freedom: A People's History of the Constitution
    Ancient Foods in a Modern World: Latin American Crops in the Global Arena
    Ecology of Food
    Feasting and Fasting in Latin America
    Introduction to Creative Writing
    Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art
    Reading Film
    A Sense of Place: Critical Perspectives on the California Wine Industry
    Shakespeare: Play and Performance
    3 credits

    Required Business Management Courses (15 Credits)

    CourseCredits
    Financial Accounting
    3 credits
    Foodservice Management
    3 credits
    Human Resource Management
    3 credits
    Marketing and Promoting Food
    3 credits
    Finance or Managerial Accounting3 credits

    Business Management Electives (9 Credits)

    CourseCredits
    Select three
    Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality
    Beverage Operations Management
    Business Planning
    Consumer Behavior
    Current Issues in Hospitality Technology
    Foodservice Management in Health Care
    Foodservice Technology
    Leadership and Ethics
    Organizational Behavior
    Personal Finance
    9 credits

    Additional Required Course (3 Credits)

    CourseCredits
    Advanced Pastry3 credits

    Free Electives (9 Credits)

    CourseCredits
    Select three
    Advanced Wine Studies
    Brewed: History, Culture, and Production
    Field Experience and Action Plan
    Global Cuisines and Cultures
    Honors Thesis Seminar
    Introduction to Food Jobs
    Professional Food Writing
    Science of Nutrition
    Senior Thesis: Baking and Pastry Arts
    Spirits and Principles of Mixology
    Women in Leadership
    9 credits
    Total Credits: 63 Junior/Senior Year
    *The foreign language requirement must be fulfilled by the end of junior year. † For students starting the BPS program prior to May 2014. Students entering the BPS program in May 2014 or after should refer to the August 2014 addendum to this catalog, which will be available on the CIA website. Please note: Not all electives will be offered each semester. For the most current list of elective offerings, please check CIA Main Menu (the student web portal).

    TOTAL CREDITS FOR AOS & BPS: 132

    Costs


    The CIA is very committed to making your CIA education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and here's even better news—approximately 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

    Don't let applying for financial assistance keep you from going to the world's premier culinary college. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending the CIA an affordable investment in your future in the world of food.

    Careers

    Baking and Pastry Careers

    If you dream of opening your own bustling bakery or stylish café, creating and styling spectacular cakes, or preparing hundreds of desserts for an elegant catered affair, a career in pastry is for you. As a pastry chef, you'll make the chocolates, confections, pastries, and plated desserts that delight customers. With jobs as varied as pastry cook, pastry chef, executive pastry chef, chocolatier, and boulanger, opportunities abound in places like hotels, restaurants, resorts, bistros, bakeries, and private clubs. Pastry chefs must be both artistic and detail-oriented while working in a fast-paced environment.

  • Sonia Arias, CIA Alumni and Chef Owner

    Spotlight On: Sonia AriasBachelor's Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts Management

    In success, as in many things, timing often plays a major role. You could say that Sonia Arias is blessed with impeccable culinary timing. From the instant she and Jared Reardon met and fell in love while BPS students at the CIA to the moment they opened the doors of their new restaurant, Jaso, they have made well-timed and well-thought-out career choices that are sure to lead to success.