Applications for this major are currently not being accepted

This degree is being transformed from a two-year traditional program to a one-year certificate program in order to meet industry and prospective students’ needs with an anticipated start date of Fall 2021. Contact the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications with any questions.

Brewing & Fermentation Science

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Brewing student

About this program

Confucius was right when he said, “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” When you pair your passion for craft beer with a degree in Brewing & Fermentation from Penn College, you’ll learn the scientific and technical skills to tap into a rewarding career in this thriving field. Designed by an industry leading brewer with 20+ years of expertise, the innovative Brewing & Fermentation Science curriculum encompasses everything from raw material acquisition and packaging to the final pour.

Small Classes = Big Advantage


Overall Placement


& Only 2-Year Program in PA


  • Brewer
  • Cellarperson
  • Packaging technician
  • Procurement/Inventory manager

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Brewing and Fermentation (BRW101)
  • Principles of Brewing Science (BRW103)
  • Sanitation (FHD118)
  • Operations in Brewing Science I (BRW201)
  • Brewing and Fermentation Science Internship (BRW269)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Operations in Brewing Science II (BRW202)
  • Brewing Technology (BRW250)
  • Wines of the World (FHD307) or
  • Food Sustainability (FHD312)
  • Introduction to Lagers and Ales (FHD226)
  • Sensory Evaluation and Analysis of Beer (BRW270)
  • Modern Topics in Zymurgy (BRW275)
  • Brewing and Fermentation Science Capstone (BRW280)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Principles of Biology I (BIO108)
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHM100)
  • Microbiology (BIO201)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Student Experience

"Learning where every little bit comes from and how everything is done is amazing to me. I want to go to work every day and do this. I want to come to classes to learn this."

William Ernst-Wingfield

Brewing & Fermentation Science


Pilot Brewing Systems

With five pilot brewing systems in-house, you’ll get hands-on experience with all phases of wort production.


Fermentation Facility

Outfitted with equipment just like the pros use, our lab is designed to deliver hands-on experience in fermentation, aging, conditioning, and draft packaging.


Dispense Equipment

A lot goes into the craft of brewing before it reaches the glass. But it doesn’t end there. We also have the equipment to perfect dispensing, operation, and maintenance.


Quality Control Tools

Assess raw material and final product quality with the help of industry-standard equipment.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

Sam Adams
American Brewers Association
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Student Government Association (SGA)

Let your voice be heard! Attend the next meeting to learn what’s new or consider running for a senate seat. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Brewing instructor delivers talk at Master Brewers Conference

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science instructor joined three other academic colleagues in ...


High-schoolers preview not-so-distant future at Career Day

Career Day brought hundreds of ninth-12th graders to campus on Thursday to explore more than 30 activities offered by employees ...


Brewing major profiled in Mountain Home magazine

Penn College’s 2-year-old brewing and fermentation major is featured in the October issue of Mountain Home, an award ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Your knowledge in practice

Our hands-on approach to education means learning through doing. A required internship rounds out the Brewing & Fermentation curriculum, allowing students to expand their knowledge base from raw material acquisition to packaging and dispense.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Magazine features member of brewing major’s inaugural class

Chris dabbled in home brewing. Worked as an assistant at a popular local brewery. Now he holds a degree in Brewing and Fermentation Science from Penn College and landed his dream job as header brewer in a State College hotspot.

Meet Chris

More Information

Requirements mandate that students must be 21 to complete the final year of the brewing program because the courses involve beer production. Students interested in enrolling in the Brewing and Fermentation Science major who will not be 21 years old by their second year may still enroll in the program. However, they will be strongly encouraged to consider options that would allow them to combine their interest in Brewing and Fermentation Science with another related area of study in order to delay completion of the final year of Brewing coursework until they have reached the required minimum age. This would extend a student’s time beyond two years of study but would ultimately result in earning two degrees. There are many additional majors offered at Penn College that align closely with brewing course requirements and will help students become even more marketable in the growing brewing industry. Some of these majors include but not limited to: Applied Management, Hospitality Management, and Culinary Technology.

The Master Brewers Association of the Americas has recognized Pennsylvania College of Technology's brewing and fermentation science degree as one of only 12 approved programs - and the only approved program in the U.S. Northeast.

This major will follow the transfer standards established by the College. The school dean must approve any exceptions to this policy.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store.

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