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Culinary Schools in Fresno, CA with Course and Program Overviews

There are two schools within ten miles of Fresno, California, that have culinary arts degree and certificate programs. Read detailed overviews of the two programs and find out which school is right for you.

Fresno Culinary Arts Schools

Aspiring culinary arts students in the Fresno area only have a few options. This article looks at relevant programs at two public schools that are no more than 15 minutes from the city center. Also included is a table with facts about the schools, such as tuition, size and graduation rates, that prospective students can refer to as they decide on a program.

  • California State University-Fresno is a 4-year university that has a bachelor's degree program that combines food science and culinary arts. This school is about eight miles from the downtown area.
  • Just three miles from downtown, Fresno City College is a 2-year community college that offers three certificates in culinary arts.

California State University-Fresno

California State University-Fresno has a department of Food Science and Nutrition, where students can pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in food science and nutrition. The Culinology Laboratory was funded by the USDA and is used for lectures and labs so students can gain real-world experience and conduct field research.

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition Option in Culinology

Culinology blends food science and culinary arts allowing students to conduct research in food production and food processing and gain experience in providing culinary services. Courses include principles of healthier cooking, food safety, nutrition and culinary sciences. Participants conduct research in food science and complete an internship in the culinary arts, so they have training in both components of the program. Other food science and nutrition courses include food analysis, processing fruits and veggies, nutrition assessment and cultural foods.

Fresno City College

Fresno City College was established in 1910 and was the first community college in California. It offers three Certificates of Completion in Culinary Arts.

Certificates of Completion in Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Culinary Arts

Through these certificates, students learn how to prepare food, assess its nutritional content and present it. Learners study cooking techniques and learn how to prevent food borne illness. Courses include nutrition and health, food prep, food production and an internship in food service. The basic culinary arts certificate is 7.5 credits, the intermediate program is 8.5 credits and the advanced culinary arts certificate is 12 credits.

California State University-Fresno Fresno City College
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 21,981* 20,135*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2011-12) $6,263 in-state, $17,423 out-of-state* $900 in-state, $5,604 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2010-11) 75%* 81%*
Acceptance Rate (2010) 56%* N/A; Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 86% for full-time students* 65% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011) 49% (3% transfer-out rate)* 14% (11% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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