Today’s chefs are global entrepreneurs who need to be equally versed in culinary and business skills. Drexel’s Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts (CULA) offers a distinguished credential with a business minor that prepares motivated individuals for success in every aspect of the dynamic and fast-paced world of fine food.
As one of the few programs in the country that leads to a B.S. degree, Drexel is also one of the only east-coast programs that combines the rigorous academics and hands-on practical skills required for a leadership position. Coursework is grounded in the latest culinary applications and enriched by Drexel’s renowned cooperative education program that enriches academic study and provides students with a competitive resume upon graduation.
CULA students take classes in Drexel’s state-of-the-art, 14,000-square-foot cooking labs and prepare food for the university’s Academic Bistro, a unique, student-run learning laboratory that is a fully functional restaurant and lounge. The program instills knowledge across all functional areas of the food industry, from kitchen techniques and traditions to front of the house service, with an additional emphasis on food styling, photography, gastronomy, and international cuisine. Advanced studies include beverage management and food classes in world cuisine, including French, Italian, Spanish, Caribbean, Indian, and Southeast Asian foods.
The aim of the B.S. in Culinary Arts is to prepare students as independent thinkers who can work collaboratively. Courses emphasize cutting-edge problem-solving techniques and ideas that are complemented by a range of features unique to the program:
Drexel’s location in the hub of metropolitan Philadelphia, surrounded by top restaurants, provides culinary arts students with important access to scores of hospitality and dining establishments, including five-star/diamond hotels and award-wining restaurants and resorts that are active partners in the program’s curriculum. The university’s access to surrounding urban culinary centers in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore also provide an exciting, ongoing environment of culinary immersion.
CULA graduates acquire a distinguished credential from one of the nation’s leading providers of education and important preparation for a successful and creative career in the culinary arts.