Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts Pathway

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The Agriculture, Nutrition, and Culinary Arts (ANCA) Pathway provides a large variety of exciting degree options that will lead to many in-demand careers. The focus of this pathway is to learn while doing by offering courses designed for students to have hands-on experience, develop problem-solving skills, and provide industry standard experience.



  • AA-T
    Associate in Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T
    Associate in Science for Transfer
  • AA
    Associate of Arts
  • AS
    Associate of Science
  • BS
    Bachelor of Science
  • COA
    Certificate of Achievement
  • COCP
    Certificate of Competency
  • COCM
    Certificate of Completion
  • JSC
    Job Skills Certificate
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About this Pathway

Students can earn a variety of industry accepted certificates of achievement and associates degrees for students who want to enter the workforce directly from Bakersfield College. This pathway also prepares students who desire to continue their education at a four-year university. Through education and experience learned in agriculture, nutrition, and culinary arts courses we can help produce a better world, healthier lives, and improve social concerns related to sustainable agriculture, food systems, healthy communities, and the environment.

Completion Coaching

We have a community of specialists in the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Culinary Arts Learning and Career Pathway ready to help you with your specific needs to complete your goals. There are faculty, counselors, and staff that understand your program and goals for specialized support in your program academics, counseling, and in the writing center.

Career Outlook

The Bakersfield College Program Map is a great resource to find Program Learning Outcomes and detailed career outlook statistics for each of the programs of study associated with this Learning and Career Pathway. For more information about career outlooks in any field, visit the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Program Map Agriculture, Nutrition, and Culinary Arts

Steps for Success

  1. Know Your Career Goals - If you need help in this area, contact the ANC counselor or advisor to see what types of career options sound most appealing to you. They can help you find a pathway to meet your career goals.
  2. Seek help from a counselor or advisor in the Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts pathway or within your degree pathway as soon as possible - You will be more successful in completing your degree on time if you take just the courses you need.
  3. Take 15 units per semester if possible - Always start with math and English courses the first year to get them out of the way. The longer you drag out your education, the longer it takes to start your career.
  4. Once you have chosen your major and signed up for your math and English courses, then obtain a Student Education Plan (SEP) Pathway Guide - This guide will help you decide what courses you need to take each semester. Also, talk to professors within your degree pathway to see what semester they are offering the mandatory major's courses within your pathway. Some courses are only offered once every 2 years, so take those first.
  5. Form contacts with peers and professors - Research demonstrates that being engaged with others is a strong predictor of success.

Not sure where to start? Let us help.

Meet with a Counselor

Take the right classes to meet your education and career goals. Create your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP) with your Counselor or Ed. Advisor.
Call (661) 395-4421.

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Take the career quiz to discover the perfect career based on your personality type and interests.
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