Business & Brewing

Dual Degree Option
Brewing Student

About this program

Who says you can’t brew your own beer and own the business skills to sell it too? Designed by an industry leading brewer with 20+ years of expertise, the innovative Brewing & Fermentation Science delivers a rigorous science-powered curriculum. This dual degree major is an excellent way to follow your passion for brewing while honing management skills that will take you to the top.


Recognized by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas


Earn a Dual Degree in Business Plus Brewing

Industry-Driven Curriculum


This degree will prepare graduates for management positions within and outside of the brewing industry.


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.

  • Principles of Biology I (BIO108)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Introduction to Brewing and Fermentation (BRW101)
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHM100)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Sanitation (FHD118)
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACC113)
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting (ACC123)
  • Business Law I (MGT301)
  • Principles of Marketing (MKT240)
  • Principles of Brewing Science (BRW103)
  • Business Ethics (MGT315)
  • Topics in Mathematics (MTH153)
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160)
  • Microbiology (BIO201)
  • Finance (FIN350)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (MGT355)
  • Operations in Brewing Science I (BRW201)
  • Brewing and Fermentation Science Internship (BRW269)
  • Management of Organizational Behavior (MGT410)
  • Operations in Brewing Science II (BRW202)
  • Brewing Technology (BRW250)
  • Business Policy and Strategy (MGT497)
  • Directed Applied Management Elective (BMA)
  • Sensory Evaluation and Analysis of Beer (BRW270)
  • Modern Topics in Zymurgy (BRW275)
  • Brewing and Fermentation Science Capstone (BRW280)
  • Introduction to Lagers and Ales (FHD226)

​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.

  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM)
  • Social Science Elective (SSE)
  • Art Elective (ART)
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR)
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE)
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Liberal Arts Elective (COR)
  • Directed Business Elective (BAE)

​​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECO112)
Our People

“Knowledgable, educated, professionally prepared brewers are required if the American brewing industry is to remain robust, healthy and sustainable.”

Tim Yarrington

Lead Faculty


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.

Related Programs

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Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) 

Applied Innovation

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) 

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 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 ...


Inaugural graduating class of brewers ready to use skills

The first graduating class of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science major is fully employed and ...


Soon-to-be grads present capstone brews to discerning judges

Among the recent capstone presentations held across campus, graduating students in Penn College’s brewing and fermentation ...

Dual Degree

Ready to apply for a dual degree in business and brewing? Here's what to do.

On the application, select Brewing and Fermentation Science as your major, and then select that you’re interested in a dual degree.

Please feel free to contact the admissions office at or 800.367.9222 with questions.


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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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.


Coordinator of Admissions Events & Communications

Jen Cullin-Hetrick

SASC, Rm. 1069A
800.367.9222 ext. 7273