Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Food Science - School of Hospitality & Tourism (2023)

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Program Summary


4 Years

Area of Interest

Culinary, Hospitality and Recreation

Program Code


Academic Year

Sept 2022 - Aug 2023




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This four year degree program is designed for students seeking careers in the hospitality, culinary, food services and food science sectors through a unique combination of food science and culinary skills. Well suited for those with a passion for food and a love of science, this program produces skilled graduates with culinary and food science backgrounds equipped with the abilities to create innovative, high quality food products for existing and emerging markets.

Through combining the disciplines of food science and culinary arts, students develop the necessary skills and knowledge to become professionals within this innovative and emerging field. Students examine a broad range of topics including food chemistry, food microbiology, sensory evaluation, food processing, as well as culinary science and food service management, with a focus on food product development and enhancing the nutritional value of food products. These core science skills are complemented by advanced skills in food preparation, cooking, baking, safety and sanitation, management and leadership. Through applied research in product development, students have the opportunity to research, create and market their own products. In addition, students participate in two practical cooperative education learning opportunities gaining valuable applied industry experience.

Major food companies and producers seek individuals who have the ability to design, develop and process quality food choices that are healthy, affordable, desirable and safe for consumers. Graduates are well positioned to find employment opportunities with major food manufacturers or small, private label companies, in the areas of food production management, food technology, product development, quality assurance management, food services and food research and development as well as in health-related industries or entrepreneurial endeavours. Algonquin College is working closely with the Research Chefs Association (RCA) in seeking RCA`s accreditation as a Culinology ® program. Graduates of this program could be positioned to challenge the RCAs Certified Research Chef examination.


This program is well suited for students who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to analyzing and solving problems.
  • Have a passion and respect for science, analytics, creativity and culinary arts.
  • Can work independently as well as collaborate with others.
  • Enjoy paying attention to fine details without losing sight of the big picture.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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Careers & Pathways


Graduates are well positioned to find employment opportunities as food microbiologists, food products scientists, food research scientists, food processing quality control officers, food quality assurance officers, food products inspectors, food science educators, agriculture and food sector development consultants, agriculture and food sector marketing consultants, agri-food sector development consultants, agri-food sector marketing consultants, culinary chefs, food product developers, food research developers and restauranteurs/entrepreneurs.

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Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply scientific principles, methodologies and theories in the development of new and modification of existing food and beverage products to meet market demands.
  2. Create quality food and beverage products using interdisciplinary skills in the processing, manufacturing and packaging of food products.
  3. Solve problems, formulate strategies and customize innovative solutions using critical thinking and research skills for the food service and the food industry.
  4. Perform research to plan, design and develop food and beverage products.
  5. Perform duties in a professional, ethical, safe and legal manner to meet industry expectations and compliance.
  6. Produce food and beverage products using culinary, food science and technology knowledge and skills to address health, safety, and nutritional issues.
  7. Perform sensory evaluation of food and beverage products to create products that meet consumer demands.
  8. Use and evaluate quality control and quality assurance procedures to meet industry standards and requirements.
  9. Communicate in written and oral format to present clear and concise technical, research and scientific information for a variety of audiences.
  10. Promote and advance the food and food service industries in the area of evidence-based culinary and food science practices using leadership skills.
  11. Conduct culinary planning, preparation, and presentation to a variety of food service environments to meet client needs.
  12. Use principles of marketing and finance in food product development process and in the operations of food and beverage management.
  13. Develop personal and professional strategies to plan, manage and adapt to the industry ensuring currency and fostering inter-professionalism.
  14. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Tuition & Fees

Get an idea of how much each semester will cost with our Tuition and Fee Estimator.

2022/2023 Academic Year

Tuition and related ancillary fees for this program can be viewed by using the Tuition and Fees Estimator tool at

Further information on fees can be found by visiting the Registrar`s Office website at

Fees are subject to change.

Additional program related expenses include:
Students will need to purchase a culinary kit, lab coat and culinary uniform through Connections: the Campus Store.

Admissions Requirements

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent.
  • Mature students are applicants who have not achieved the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or its equivalent and who are at least 19 years of age on or before the commencement of the program in which they intend to enroll. Mature students applying for Degree programs satisfy College Eligibility by having demonstrated academic abilities equivalent to those of Ontario high school graduates, verified by successful completion of at least one full-time term at the post-secondary level (minimum five courses taken concurrently in an academic program of study).

Program Eligibility

  • Six Grade 12 university (U) or university/college (M) courses with a minimum 65% average including:
    • One Grade 12 U English course, with a minimum of 60%.
    • One Grade 12 U Mathematics course, with a minimum of 60%.
    • One Grade 12 U Biology course or one Grade 12 U Chemistry course.
  • Please note that mature students must meet the following subject-specific Program Eligibility requirements, either directly or through equivalencies:
    • One Grade 12 U English course, with a minimum of 60%.
    • One Grade 12 U Mathematics course, with a minimum of 60%.
    • One Grade 12 U Biology course or one Grade 12 U Chemistry course.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.

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Application Information

Program Code 6180X03FWO

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

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Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants please visit this link for application process information:

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

Program Resources

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) RequirementsArchived Program InformationAcademic CalendarVirtual TourProgram Overview PDF

Algonquin College has been granted consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting 2020. The College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable timeframe.

Students may be expected to travel outside of their immediate area of residency for co-op placement. It is the student`s responsibility to arrange transportation and incur all costs associated with co-op placement.

Formal advanced standing options exist for graduates of the following programs: Culinary Management Ontario College Diploma; Baking and Pastry Arts Ontario College Diploma; Biotechnology - Advanced Ontario College Advanced Diploma; Food Science Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma; and Culinary Innovations and Food Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma. Please contact the Program Coordinator for more details.

Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Food Science Program Structure:

YearFall TermWinter TermSummer Term
OneAcademic OneAcademic TwoFree
TwoAcademic ThreeAcademic FourCo-op
ThreeAcademic FiveAcademic SixCo-op
FourAcademic SevenAcademic EightFree

For more information, contact David Fairbanks, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5226 or


David Fairbanks

Program Coordinator

613-727-4723, ext. 5226


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'Tell me about yourself…'

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How much do chefs earn? ›

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