Culinary Arts, Pastry Chef Specialty, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

Do you love food? Do you enjoy baking? Have a taste for a sweet life in a fast-paced, high-energy career? Dream of being the next celebrity chef? If so, San Jacinto College can help make your dreams come true! Our Pastry Chef program allows you to work within the industry while you build your education. If your ambitions are more specific, you can also choose to specialize as an assistant cook, baker, or baker’s helper, or in basic cooking or specialty foods.

The San Jacinto College Pastry Chef program:

  • Is a blend of lectures, labs, field trips, guest lecture presentations, networking opportunities, job placement, and a variety of skill sets taught by our state and nationally recognized chefs and professors
  • Places emphasis on fundamental and advanced culinary arts techniques and hands-on, real-world learning through working with our program director, faculty, managers, and chefs through various educational scenarios and special events
  • Offers field trips to local culinary events, food shows, and conventions

Accreditation by American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services.

Additional Information

San Jacinto College offers scholarship opportunities, financial aid, a culinary club, and participation in a variety of culinary competitions.

Career Opportunities

  • Cake Decorator,
  • Owner/Operator Bakery,
  • Bed and Breakfast Operator,
  • Pastry Chef/Baker,
  • Executive Pastry Chef,
  • Pastry Sous Chef, and
  • Cruise Line Pastry Chef.

Earning Potential

Baker: $27,8201


Source:, median salary Gulf Coast region, 2021

For more information, students may contact North campus at 281-998-6350, x7150.


North Campus


The Culinary Arts program provides basic education and training for cooks and apprentice chefs. Sequential courses provide for development of technical food preparation and service skills, understanding of the principles of food and beverage composition, experience in the use and maintenance of professional food service equipment, and basic development of supervisory skills.

Students enrolling into San Jacinto College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by San Jacinto College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. San Jacinto College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The purpose of the Pastry Chef program is to provide students with an opportunity to specialize their degree plan in baking and pastry. Program graduates will acquire relevant knowledge and skills that will prepare them to work in this exciting industry. Pastry Chef students will learn cake decorating, chocolates, and confection sugars, bakeshop production, plate presentation, fundamentals of baking, food and beverage cost control, nutritional components of food and desserts, and basic supervisory skills.

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
CHEF 1205 Sanitation and Safety 2
RSTO 1313 Hospitality Supervision 3
PSTR 1306 Cake Decorating I 3
PSTR 1301 Fundamentals of Baking 3
PSTR 1342 Quantity Bakeshop Production 3
Second Term
PSTR 2301 Chocolates and Confections 3
PSTR 2307 Cake Decorating II 3
RSTO 2301 Principles of Food and Beverage Control 3
PSTR 2431 Advanced Pastry Shop 4
PSTR 2365
Practicum - Baking and Pastry (or Field Experience)
or Hospitality Management and Leadership
Summer Year One Term
IFWA 1318 Nutrition for the Food Service Professional 3
PSTR 1343 Bakery Operations and Management 3
PSTR 1340 Plated Desserts 3
Third Term
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Speech 3
Mathematics 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Fourth Term
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
MRKG 1311 Principles of Marketing 3
ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: PSTR 2365 Practicum - Baking and Pastry or HAMG 2305 Hospitality Management and Leadership