BAS in Culinary Science and Food Service Management

Combine the art and science of food with a culinary science degree and Culinology® certification program at TWU.

Program features

A TWU student measures milk into a cup while cooking in an industrial kitchen setting.
  • Combines with your associate of applied sciences in culinary arts for degree completion in little as two years, or 120 credit hours*
  • High quality, affordable education and career preparation
  • Apply your culinary knowledge to nutrition, food science and research methods
  • Personalize your degree program with upper-level course electives that target your desired certification as either a research chef or culinary scientist
  • Created in collaboration with community colleges and culinary schools to fulfill the growing demand for research chefs and culinary scientists
  • Small classes with accessible, knowledgeable and supportive faculty, including flavor scientists and an emulsion chemist
  • Classes take place on TWU’s Denton campus

*Individual requirements may vary.

Why Culinary Science and Food Service Management at TWU?

TWU is home to the only Culinology program in Texas

TWU offers the only Culinology program in Texas approved by the Research Chefs Association (RCA). Our Culinary Science and Food Service Management degree combines culinary arts with food science training.

Upon completion of this program and after passing the exam, you will have associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and RCA’s Culinology certification.

Partnerships with community colleges across the state

Texas Woman's partners with several community colleges with culinary programs and culinary arts schools across the state, including:

  • Austin Community College
  • Collin County Community College District
  • Culinary Institute LeNôtre
  • Dallas County Community College District/El Centro College
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Dallas
  • Tarrant County College

Holding a degree from one of these schools grants you automatic admission into the BAS in Culinary Science and Food Service Management and Culinology® certification program at TWU.

Established partnerships for internship and job opportunities

Texas Woman's has established relationships with several North Texas-based food companies to bring you connections to internships and job opportunities after graduation. Corporations include:

  • PepsiCo
  • Yum Brands
  • Pizza Hut
  • Valdez Spice
  • Ben E. Keith
  • Tyson Foods

TWU believes in opening doors for its students

The Career Connections Center on each campus provides advising services and tailored career planning for our students and alumni, from career advising and networking to negotiating a salary after graduation. The Career Center has also implemented Handshake, a unique resume reviewing and job opening database that works to fast-track your job search.

For our budding entrepreneurs, TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs is the state’s only university center dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship and business ownership. The Center provides tools for you to succeed including access to training/coaching, funding, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Walter Rivas in a chef uniform and posing in a kitchen setting.

The only school that seemed to accommodate everything that I wanted to do was TWU. By graduation, I was already working at the job I wanted to be at… a position I had always dreamed of.

Walter Rivas (BAS '16), Executive Chef at Medical City Frisco

Culinary science careers

Earning your Culinary Science and Food Service Management degree and Culinology® certification at TWU allows you to enter the ever-changing food product development and manufacturing industries at a level above your peers. Culinary science careers include:

  • Executive chef, research chef or chef scientist
  • Food service administrator in hospitals or schools
  • Food service manager
  • Business owner/entrepreneur

Salaries in these professions vary widely. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for food scientists is $73,450.

You also have the option of continuing your education and boosting your future earning potential with a TWU graduate degree in nutrition, exercise and sports nutrition or food science and flavor chemistry.

Culinary Science degree requirements

As a full-time student, you can complete the 120 required semester credit hours in just two years with:

  • 42 hours of Texas core curriculum, which can be transferred from previous programs or community colleges
  • 29 hours required for the culinary science and food service management major
  • 26 hours of other required courses and electives

A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate Admission

When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.

Office of Admissions
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076

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