Restaurant Production

Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T)

The Restaurant Production Associate of Applied Science Transfer (AAS-T) degree assists students in learning the food production skills necessary to operate multifaceted food service operations. Food management classes also train students in inventory control, operations analysis, purchasing, production, supervision, and personnel management.

Students hone their craft through operating South’s Food Court (featuring classic and contemporary menus, a short order grill, grab-and-go items and a delicatessen) and Alhadeff Grill, a waited-service dining room featuring cooked-to-order menus with preparation typical of upscale restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.

The department works closely with the hospitality industry to develop innovative, realistic programs that provide students with skills needed for successful employment.

This degree is designed for students to learn technical skills for employment, but who may also want to transfer to a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program or a four-year institution.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T) Full Time: 6
Part Time: 12 to 16

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Students must meet with an advisor for entry into this program. A placement test is required to ensure language and computational skills are sufficient for program success.

  • Apply proper personal hygiene, food handling safeguards, safety techniques and knife
  • Demonstrate professionalism and leadership standards relating to appearance, time management, and conduct
  • Order, purchase, store and inventory foods
  • Understand and apply principles of cost control
  • Perform front-of-house tasks related to service and dining room organization
  • Plan, prep and properly cook menu items, using proper techniques, consistently and attractively
  • Synthesize the techniques of classical and modern cooking techniques to properly prepare the many global cuisines that drive today's industry
  • Utilize sustainability practices in the sourcing and production of food and beverage

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Full Time Cost

Quarter Credits Resident Non-Resident International
1 18 $1,723.96 $1,904.72 $3,731.18
2 18 $1,723.96 $1,904.72 $3,731.18
3 15 $1,540.90 $1,718.90 $3,524.30
4 15 $1,540.90 $1,718.90 $3,524.30
5 25 $1,840.37 $2,021.13 $4,051.71
6 15 $1,540.90 $1,718.90 $3,524.30

Part Time Cost

Resident Non-Resident International
$12,728.74 $14,514.76 $32,748.85

Equipment Fee associated with this program:

  • Uniforms and tools : $500

Quarter Start Dates: Culinary Arts classes begin in Fall, Winter and Spring.

Students may still enroll in the program during other quarters to begin their related academic classes (Not required if a student has already completed these classes. Students must provide an official transcript.).

Class Times: Check the online class schedule. Students will meet during the class timeframe listed, however in order to maintain safe distances in on-site labs students will be grouped and have specified times on campus. Please check with your instructor for more information.

Other related academic classes are required that meet outside of these class times. These classes can be completed online and/or in-person depending on availability. Check with an advisor regarding when to take related academic classes.


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Basic sanitation principles, ways to apply the principles in practical situations, and methods for training and motivating food service personnel to follow good sanitation practices. Certification is awarded by the National Education Foundation of the National Restaurant Association upon successful completion of the national examination.

FSD 100 3.0

Focuses on fundamental concepts, skills, and techniques in basic cooking. Emphasis is given to the study of sustainable ingredients, cooking theories, organizational skills in the kitchen, work coordination, and knife cuts. Introduction to basic salads, vegetable and starch cookery, use of thickening agents, fundamental meat and poultry butchery and production, and preparation of stocks, soups, and mother sauces. Introduction to purchasing and food cost. Concurrent enrollment in FSD100.

FSD 165 15.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Broaden and advance foundational culinary principles such as protein preparation, cooking methods, and knife skills through Global contexts. Using culturally relevant Asian food ingredients and flavor profiles, the course builds upon previous courses in this series. Prerequisites: Successful completion of both FSD165 and FSD100.

FSD 175 15.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Menu, design and execution pertaining to banquets and catering. Exploration of world cuisine pertaining to industry trends. Management theory and cost controls within all aspects of running a food service operation. Introduction to baking, pastries, and desserts. Advanced pasta production and risotto. Breakfast menus and practicum. Advanced charcuterie covering forcemeats, sausage making, pates, curing, and food safety. Introduction to sustainability in the kitchen.

FSD 185 15.0

Examines the issues and challenges in the global food system. Covers historical events impacting the current food production model, and the effects food systems have on the environment, health, and communities. Explores conventional agriculture and food safety concerns. Emphasizes the movement towards sustainable food systems. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Culinary Arts program, or permission.

FSD 210 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

ENGL& 101 5.0

Intended for non-science majors; fulfills QSR requirement for AA Degree. Topics include financial computations (e.g. loans and interest), modeling linear and exponential growth (e.g. population growth and disease spread), and basic probability and statistics (e.g. understanding data and risk), with an emphasis on applications. Other topics selected by instructor.

MATH& 107 5.0

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior including research methods, brain and behavior, learning, cognitive psychology, development, personality, abnormal psychology, and social thinking and behavior. Additional topics may include: emotions, perception, motivation, intelligence, genes and evolution, and health.

PSYC& 100 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Menu and recipe development with food costing and sustainability. Artisan breads are covered. Advanced proteins including shellfish, seafood, and specialty meat cuts. Introduction to molecular gastronomy, preserving techniques, and food presentation. Advanced sauce making. Cost management. Advanced cheese making. Prerequisite: successful completion of FSD185

FSD 195 15.0

Introduction to human nutrition with an emphasis on the relationship of nutrition to growth, development, health, and physical and mental functioning across the lifespan. Sources, functions, interrelationships, and human requirements of proteins, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, vitamins and water will be examined. Topics also include analysis of personal dietary habits, public health issues such as obesity and access to food and food security, and the role of nutrition in chronic disease.

NUTR& 101 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Management practicum focusing on operations of Alki Cafe. In-depth exploration of human relations, employee scheduling and wages, inventory control, menu design and implementation, advertising and marketing, sustainable food operations, and product development and licensing. Students will design a complete food truck operation, create advertising campaigns, create a retail food product with a HACCP plan, and run a virtual cafe simulation.

FSD 205 15.0