Culinology

EMPHASIS OF PROGRAM

Culinology® is the next evolution of culinary arts. It is the blending of the culinary arts and the science of food. Culinologists incorporate their knowledge of taste and texture with their knowledge of food science to produce nutritious, “ready made” foods that closely resemble their “from scratch” originals. Our task is to support our students in their pursuit of the gold standard in Culinology®. We will train graduates for success in food product development and provide guidance and balance from a culinary perspective within a scientific setting. The culinologist is a trained culinarian, dedicated to producing the finest possible combination of ingredients to achieve palate-pleasing results. The culinologist is also a researcher who uses scientific methods and knowledge to insure their creativity can be enjoyed far beyond the confines of their kitchen or laboratory.

Culinology Students

Where You Belong!

ACTIVITIES & ASSOCIATIONS

The Research Chefs Association is the leading professional community for food research and development. Its members are the pioneers of the discipline of Culinology®. Formed in 1996 by a group of food professionals with a common interest in the challenges facing the profession, the Research Chefs Association (RCA) has rapidly grown to over 2,500 members. RCA has become the premier source of culinary and technical information for the food industry. RCA membership is comprised of chefs and food scientists working in food manufacturing, chain restaurants, hotels, ingredient supply houses, consulting and academia. Students majoring in Culinology® will be student members of the RCA and be eligible to attend the RCA’s annual conference at a discount. They will also be able to participate in actual product development projects through the RCA, present at the RCA’s Poster Competition, and enter the RCA’s Student Culinology® Competition. All Culinology® students are members of the Student Hospitality Organization and the Culinology® Club. 

MAJORS & MINORS

INTERNSHIPS

Culinology® students need to complete two internships prior to graduation. The first internship is culinary focused, and commences at the end of their second year of studies. The second internship will be in a food product development lab. Internships in culinary arts and also product development are available locally and nationally. We have placed students successfully at General Mills, The Schwan Food Company, Wells Dairy, Bellisio Foods, Frito Lay, Double B Foods, Michael Foods, and Kerry Ingredients. Students are encouraged to broaden their experiences and secure internships outside of Minnesota.

SALARY

Culinologists® receive holidays and weekends off and make anywhere from $45,000 to $100,000. SMSU’s graduates in Culinology® received starting salaries between $45,000 - $60,000 on average.

PREPARATION

Students seeking a B.S. in Culinology® must complete the Liberal Education Program (LEP) as well as have high scores on their ACT Science portion.

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Career Opportunities

  • Research & development Chef
  • Technochef™
  • Corporate Chef
  • Product Formulation Chef
  • Development Manager
  • Culinary Research Director
  • Food Technologist
  • Associate Chef

FACILITIES

The Culinology® program is housed in the Individualized Learning Center (IL)  in Southwest Minnesota State University’s campus. This facility was recently renovated into a state-of-the-art facility, which includes a demonstration & baking kitchen, restaurant kitchen, public dining room, Culinology® laboratory, and an Ecolab Skills Kitchen. Students will also gain hands-on experience by participating in the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) lipids and meat laboratory on the SMSU campus.





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CONTACT INFORMATION

Culinology Program - Office

CH 129, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

ACADEMIC COMMONS

The Academic Commons is a study center located in IL 224. Students are invited to study, meet friends, and seek assistance with coursework.

Our Mission is to create enhanced opportunities for learning by bringing an array of student academic support services together in a central, visible, and academically-identified location to facilitate seamless access to services for SMSU students and education resources for the wider community.

FRESHMAN ADMISSION PROCESS

  • Complete Application
  • $20 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript(s)
  • ACT or SAT Test Scores

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FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Rank in the upper half of graduating class
  • or
  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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