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.