Master Brewers Association of the Americas

(Effective Fall 2017)

The Brewing and Fermentation Science program prepares students with the skills necessary to excel in brewing and fermentation industries. This major provides graduates with a blend of skills and abilities related to the science, technology, art, and business of brewing and fermentation operations. Additionally, the field has the potential for a focus, as there is an emphasis within the industry that concentrates on sustainability of resources and outputs.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (Algebra-based), and English

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.

Remediation Strategies

Students must meet the placement requirements for mathematics, English and reading. Students must meet the prerequisites for required program coursework. If students do not meet placement requirements, they are expected to remediate skills through developmental coursework during their first semester on campus.

Transfer Procedures

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

Program Goals

The primary goal of the Brewing and Fermentation Science degree is to prepare students for a sustainable career within the brewing industry. The program will provide students an essential background in science and technology to understand the functions and job responsibilities within the brewing industry.

At the successful conclusion of this program the student should be able to:

  • describe and apply the biochemistry and microbiology principles that convert fermentable sugars into beer, wines and spirits.
  • identify and apply the primary raw material composition and processing procedures required to produce various sustainable styles of beers.
  • communicate and work effectively with management, staff, and customers in a production brewing environment.
  • measure the quality standards of grain, malt, hops water and yeast as determined by the American Society of Brewing Chemists and understand how quality and character influence commercial production.
  • understand and apply the technological and manufacturing processes required for suitable and sustainable brewing, and perform cost analysis of raw materials to final product in order to calculate profit margins.
  • maintain safe brewing practices and explain the legal requirements associated with the selling and distribution of beer and spirits.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the practical considerations that must be addressed to satisfy the requirements of regulatory agencies overseeing breweries such as food safety, brew house safety, environmental compliance, and labeling.
  • identify and solve problems related to the key microbial, chemical, and physical threats using guided sensory analysis tests and determine origin, type, prevention and elimination of standard off flavors in contaminated vs. control samples.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BIO108 Principles of Biology I 4 3 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
BRW101 Introduction to Brewing and Fermentation 1 1 M REQ
BRW103 Principles of Brewing Science 4 3 3 M REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CHM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 3 3 M REQ
FHD118 Sanitation 1 1 M REQ
BIO201 Microbiology 4 3 3 M REQ
BRW201 Operations in Brewing Science I 4 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BRW269 Brewing and Fermentation Science Internship 1 M REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 M REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
BRW202 Operations in Brewing Science II 4 3 3 M REQ
BRW250 Brewing Technology 3 3 M REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FHD307 Wines of the World 3 3 M REQ
FHD312 Food Sustainability 3 2 3 M REQ
FHD226 Introduction to Lagers and Ales 1 1 M REQ
BRW270 Sensory Evaluation and Analysis of Beer 3 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
BRW275 Modern Topics in Zymurgy 3 3 M REQ
BRW280 Brewing and Fermentation Science Capstone 3 3 M REQ

Additional Information

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.