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Craft Brewing Certificate for Undergraduate Students

  • Open to all majors; no prerequisites
  • Science track OR business entrepreneur track
  • Internships with craft breweries 

Certificate code: CTCCBU

Faculty Contact: Dr. Michael Held

Program Overview

This certificate aims to provide students with fundamental principles and concepts of biochemistry, microbiology, and engineering, as well as entrepreneurial aspects and small business ownership, all through the lens of craft brewing. Successful and consistent brewing is largely dependent on a firm understanding of the science behind the process. But craft brewing is far more than brewing science. Craft breweries are small businesses that require specific skillsets for management, planning, marketing, social media presence, and operation. Craft breweries often fail because they do not fully understand and/or appreciate the business skills necessary for small business ownership. Therefore, this program aims to help bring together students with science backgrounds with business-minded students to provide a translational, peer-led learning environment. Bringing these diverse groups of students together will facilitate the exchange of knowledge across disciplines that is lacking in many industries (not only in craft brewing).

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Requirements

Core Brewing Courses

Required:

  • CAS 4413 - The Art of Craft Brewing: The Athens Case Study Credit Hours: 3
  • CHEM 4500 - The Principles of Brewing Science Credit Hours: 3

Science Track

Microbiology

Select one from the following:

  • BIOS 3220 - General Microbiology Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOS 3225 - General Microbiology Laboratory Credit Hours: 2 AND BIOS 2210 - Microbes and Humans Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOS 2225 - Microbes and Humans, Laboratory Credit Hours: 2

Biochemistry

Select one from the following:

  • BIOS 4630 - Biological Chemistry Credit Hours: 3
  • CHEM 4890 - Basic Biochemistry Credit Hours: 3
  • CHEM 4901 - Biochemistry I Credit Hours: 3

Internship

Select one from the following:

  • BIOS 4910 - Biological Internship Credit Hours: 1 - 3
  • CHEM 4911 - Chemistry Internship Credit Hours: 3

***Note: 3 credit hours are required to fulfill internship requirement.

Business/Entrepreneur track

Entrepreneurial Studies

  • MGT 3700 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship Credit Hours: 3

Business plan design

Select one of the following:

  • MGT 3710 - Business Plan Design Credit Hours: 3
  • MGT 3740 - Ideation and Business Models Credit Hours: 3

Internship

Select one from the following:

  • BIOS 4910 - Biological Internship Credit Hours: 1 - 3
  • CHEM 4911 - Chemistry Internship Credit Hours: 3
  • MGT 3730 - Entrepreneurial Business Consulting Credit Hours: 3
  • MGT 3735 - Entrepreneurship in Practice Credit Hours: 3

***Note: 3 credit hours are required to fulfill internship requirement