• Nutrition and Culinary Management, AAS

    Select Nutrition Option or Culinary Management Option and explore food science, culinary arts, cultural foods, food production management and more.

  • The Nutrition and Culinary Management Program, offered through the Health Sciences Department, leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The program provides coursework in nutrition, food science, culinary arts, cultural foods, food production management, menu development, sanitation and safety principles, food procurement and sustainability, human resource management and supervision and additional support courses in liberal arts. Students in this major also have a choice to select one of the following two options: Nutrition Option or Culinary Management Option. Students in the Nutrition Option will learn the nutrition care process which includes screening and assessing patients/clients and designing and implementing individualized nutritional intervention strategies for them, other courses include medical nutrition therapy, nutrition across the lifespan, nutrition education and counseling methodologies for behavior change and community nutrition. Students in the Culinary Management Option will complete courses in business, accounting, events planning and customer sales and services.

  • The Nutrition and Culinary Management Program participates in the ManageFirst Program which is administered nationally through National Restaurant Association Solutions. It is a management development program that equips students with the key competencies they need to begin or advance their management careers in the culinary industry. Through the ManageFirst Program students become certified in the following five areas: ServSafe Food Safety, Controlling Foodservice Costs, Purchasing, Hospitality Human Resources Management and Supervision, and Hospitality and Restaurant Management. The internship component of the program helps students apply their classroom learning to practical work experience in the culinary/foodservice industry.

    In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.


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    Culinary Managers are responsible for the daily operations of restaurants and other establishments that prepare and serve meals and beverages to customers. Dietary and Foodservice Managers/Supervisors are responsible for preparation and service of patient meals at hospitals and long term care facilities. Both coordinate activities among various departments, such as kitchen, dining room, banquet operations, and ensure that customers are satisfied with their dining experience and patients are served a nutritious diet that is both medically permitting and palatable. In addition, they oversee the inventory and ordering of food, equipment, and supplies and arrange for the routine maintenance and upkeep of the equipment and facilities. Culinary and Dietary Managers are responsible for the administrative and human-resource functions of running the business, including recruiting new employees and monitoring employee performance and training. Challenging and rewarding careers are available in Culinary and Dietary Management and the current demand for trained, entry-level management employees is strong. Those who acquire professional credentials distinguish themselves as being highly skilled, trained, motivated, and career-minded. Successful Nutrition Option program graduates are eligible for membership to the Dietary Managers Association and sit for the nationally recognized Certified Dietary Manager Certification (CDM) exam, administered by the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). Employment opportunities for the Nutrition option graduates exist in medical centers, hospitals, extended care facilities, foodservice contract companies, child nutrition programs, and community health programs. Culinary Management option graduates are qualified for entry-level middle management trainee positions in large-scale foodservice enterprises such as foodservice contract companies, restaurants, hotels, cafeterias, catering, school foodservice, fast food outlets, and vending machine operations.

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    Current Students
    Log in to My LaGuardia to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students
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    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    Culinary Option Degree Map
    Nutrition Option Degree Map

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.