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Fermentation Science

Undergraduate Certificate

Program Overview

Transform your passion for homebrewing and craft brews into a rewarding career. The certificate in fermentation science at CMU is a 16-credit, one-year program open to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. Best of all, you’ll get hands-on experience working with local brewing company partners.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Part-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 1 year
Credit Hours: 16

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Blend your love of craft breweries with your passion for science. The CMU fermentation science program offers the best of both worlds.

This undergraduate certificate program gives you hands-on training in the tests and processes involved in producing great fermented beverages in both the laboratory and the brewery. The program provides you with the opportunity to intern with local brewing companies, too. (no previous brewing experience is required)

This 16-credit-hour undergraduate certificate is designed for degree-seeking students of any major and non-degree-seeking students who want to understand the science and technology involved in brewing craft beer. It will prepare you for entry or advancement in the brewing industry or advanced studies in fermentation science or food science.

Program Highlights

As a student in the CMU fermentation program, you’ll:

  • Work with and learn from two local businesses, Mountain Town Brewing Co. and Hunter's Ale House, key partners in this program.
  • Have an opportunity to develop student-crafted beers using your own recipe, ferment conditions, ingredients and packaging.
  • Be able to compete against other college brewing programs by submitting your products to the U.S. Open College Beer Championship.

Careers & Outcomes

An undergraduate certificate starts you off in a career in the brewing industry and other related fermentation endeavors and businesses. Graduates of the fermentation science certificate program have great job prospects. There are over 300 craft breweries in Michigan and over 6,000 nationwide.

Career Projected Salary
Brewery Operations Manager $48,000
Brewmaster $46,000
Head Brewer $41,000
Brewer $35,000
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