This major prepares students with the skills necessary to excel in the brewing industry.
Students are taught a blend of skills and abilities related to the science, technology, art, and business of brewing operations. Program highlights:
- Sustainable future. With a technical and scientific background, graduates will be more marketable in the brewing industry, accelerating the possibility of growth and promotions within the field.
- Learn from industry experts. Penn College holds a tradition of partnering with industry experts who transfer their knowledge, experience and skills to students.
- More than just training. While students will be taught how to operate brewing and fermentation equipment, this program teaches the science behind brewing.
- Small class sizes. This guarantees that students receive individualized attention and more hands-on time in the lab.
- The one and only. Brewing and fermentation science is the first and only two-year program of its kind in Pennsylvania.
- Keep going. Add management skills to your technical background with a degree in applied management. The applied management degree allows associate-degree graduates to earn a bachelor's degree in as little as two years.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
What should I know about this program?
Success in the brewing and fermentation science takes more than a love of beer; this program is about the science behind making beer. In addition to brewing and fermentation classes, courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics will enhance the student’s ability to measure quality standards, and identify and solve problems within the brewing and fermentation process.
Graduates may find career opportunities in the food and hospitality industry as well as technical positions within various types of breweries ranging from small craft breweries to large commercial businesses. The science and technology also relate to other fermentation processes such as wine-making. Graduates are prepared for positions in production and process operations as well as safety and sanitation, and finishing and packaging. Other potential careers include positions within public health sector organizations, government regulators, and as small business owners.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders was $38,360 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $63,020.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Dairy Product Manufacturing||6,810||$19.49||$40,530|
|Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing||3,140||$21.88||$45,510|
|Basic Chemical Manufacturing||2,000||$23.92||$49,750|
|Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing||1,730||$18.28||$38,030|
Statistics reported in May 2016
Special Admissions Requirements
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.
This major will follow the transfer standards established by the College. The school dean must approve any exceptions to this policy.
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