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Food Services

Why Study Food Services?

The food services program emphasizes the importance of marketing, management, nutrition, quantity food service, food science and menu design. It is available for students wanting a career in event planning or restaurant and bar management. To ensure student success after graduation, faculty focus on implementing hands-on experiences in the classroom with projects like establishing financial plans for a successful food service operation business.


For transfer students completing a vocational or technical Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited community college, a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Food Services is available. The coursework for this program builds on workplace skills and practical career training provided by an associate degree.

Minor in Food Services

After taking the required courses, students can customize this minor from pre-approved electives. For a list of required courses, visit the academic catalog.

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Career Opportunities

  • Food service director or manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Food and beverage director or manager
  • Dietary manager

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