Meat Culinology

Meat Culinology (Certificate)

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Program Summary

Designed to optimize eating satisfaction, Culinology® studies the physical, chemical and sensory properties of food, together with its handling, processing and production. It's the perfect blend of the science of food design and development.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the first institution to develop a Meat Culinology® Certificate program.

The program concentrates on meat because it is the center of most meals and is the major portion of the food budget in the food service industry. Proper handling and preparation is paramount to the success of a meal and a food establishment.

Faculty who developed this program know food industry professionals are busy. With little time to take courses on campus, the online program allows you the opportunity to advance your education and career by learning more about the science and art of meat.

Benefits of the program

  • Gain an edge in the competitive workforce
  • Become a valuable asset for your employer
  • Receive certificate of completion of HACCP coursework
  • Gain more earning potential in the field
  • Become a meat culinologist
  • Interact with highly qualified faculty and professionals

Program Courses & Options

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The Meat Culinology® Certificate program consists of 6 courses, (18 credit hours) that will teach you everything from harvest to consumption of livestock and poultry.

  • Undergraduate certificate programs require all credits be earned through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • You can finish the certificate in as little as 18 months, although most will finish in 2 years

Required Courses (18 credit hours)

ASCI 210 Introduction to Animal Products (3 credit hours)
Gain knowledge of edible animal products with particular emphasis on meat products from livestock and poultry. This course includes all aspects of the meat industry from harvest to consumption. Methods of harvest and fabrication, conversion of muscle to meat, processing techniques, preservation and storage, and consumer-related topics will be discussed and demonstrated.

ASCI/NUTR 213 Meat Specifications and Procurement (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to develop expertise in how to select and purchase meat for the hotel, restaurant and institutional industry and the retail market. This is a course for students with an interest in a career in Culinary Science, Meat Science and/or Dietetics. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to specify cuts of beef, pork, lamb and poultry that support the foodservice organizations "7" goals in menu development, meat preparation and financial management and fulfill guests "7" nutritional and dining expectations.

ASCI 310 Fresh Meats (3 credit hours)
Understand the chemical and physical properties of fresh meat and the factors affecting palatability attributes. The meat properties of color, flavor, tenderness, and aroma will be examined. Methods to improve palatability will be explored as well as methods to evaluate it. Upon completion of the course, students will understand fresh meat quality characteristics, be able to describe domestic and international economic forces and issues that influence meat pricing structures and apply basic principles of fresh meat fabrication for culinary/restaurant settings.

NUTR/ASCI 343 Food Service Applications (3 credit hours)
This course will examine the principles of meat cookery. Emphasis will be placed on the changes in meat properties during preparation and cookery by various methods. Food service issues such as cost analysis, cook yields, and plate presentation will be covered. Methods of flavor enhancement such as the use of marination and sauces will be discussed. International methods of meat cookery will be explored. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to integrate culinary and food science principles in the creation of new center of the plate meat concepts, appropriate to the restaurant "7"s organizational goals, the market segment and consumer needs.

ASCI 410 Processed and Value Added Meats (3 credit hours)
This course will examine the science and technology in fabrication, processing, preservation, sanitation, and utilization of processed and value-added meat products. Techniques and methods for improving meat products and ways to develop unique products will be taught. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply advanced meat processing technologies in the development of new processed meat concepts to meet culinary/restaurant needs.

ASCI 411, HACCP & Food Safety Systems for Processors (3 credit hours)
Food safety and sanitation of meat processing and preparation facilities are the basis of this course. This will include principles of food safety and sanitation. Students will gain an understanding of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), SOP's and SSOP's program. Risk assessment will also be discussed. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) plans that address food safety issues in the meat and foodservice industry facilities.

Application & Admission

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into this fully online certificate program as a non-degree seeking student, a student must have a 2-year associate degree from an accredited institution in a related field or high school diploma, G.E.D. and experience. Students wishing to add this certificate to their Nebraska undergraduate degree program, should contact their advisor.

Admission Procedure

  1. Complete the visiting student application
  2. Pay the application fee
  3. Provide proof of high school graduation or equivalent (G.E.D.) and 2-year associate degree.

Tuition & Fees


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