About Food Service Management

Our Food Service Management program will teach you all of the skills you need to lead and manage in the front of house!

Our credit program is a full-time program offering experience in food preparation and service for the college community in our student cafeteria and full-service restaurant at the Ocean Center.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Food Service Management can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Assistant Beverage Manager
  • Assistant Dining Services Manager
  • Beverage Manager
  • Catering and Event Manager
  • Dining Room Manager
  • Human Resources

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CAHS 100 Introduction to Hospitality 3  
BIO 121 Principles of Food Safety 2  
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
MATH 46, MATH 60 or 860, ET 108B, or ET 50, or PSYC 5, or ECON 5, or LALS 5, or PHIL 12A, or FIN 136M or higher math course (or equivalent) Math Graduation Requirement 3-8  

Total Units: 12-19

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CAHS 10A + 10B or CAHS 10N+10NL Culinary Fundamentals 10-10.5  
BIO 130 Nutrition and Culinary Arts 2  
CMST 1A or CMST 6 or CMST 20 Elements of Public Speaking or Workplace Communication or Interpersonal Communication 3  

Total Units: 15-15.5

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CAHS 30A Restaurant Operations 4.5  
CAHS 30B Restaurant Operations 4.5  
CAHS 33 Procurement and Costing 3  
CAHS 34 Fundamentals of Contemporary Hospitality Law 3  

Total Units: 15

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CAHS 32 Hospitality Marketing 3  
CAHS 205 or CAHS 222 Introduction to Wine OR Beverage Management 3  
CAHS 208 Intro to Event and Meeting Planning 4  
GE Area E Humanities Requirement 3  
MGT 231 Introduction to Supervision and Management 3  

Total Units: 16


Semester 5

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CAHS 40W Work Experience 5  
CAHS 42 Fundamentals of Hospitality Financial Reports 3  
GE Area H Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies 3  
GE Area F United States History and Government Requirement 3  
LBCS 96C or PSYC 26 Labor Relations in the Modern American, Applied Psychology 3  

Total Units: 17

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Food Service Management programs at the following institutions: 

  • San Francisco State University
  • Chico State University
  • Cal State East Bay
  • San Diego State University
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • San Jose State University
  • University of San Francisco

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.