What is Fermentation Science?
The Fermentation Science program provides the educational foundation and practicum for careers in brewing with a specific emphasis on the development of craft beers. The coursework covers a broad spectrum of knowledge and competencies required throughout the brewing process and in a modern brewing facility including chemistry, biology, fermentation, materials, recipe formulation, sensory evaluation, packaging, quality management, equipment maintenance, facilities maintenance, and accounting. Students are also introduced to electrical theory and mechanical concepts that are applied when working with brewing equipment and facilities.
Students will work in commercial breweries to gain practical application relative to classes taken throughout the course of study. The Fermentation Science program will prepare students to sit for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) General Certificate in Brewing exam that is recognized by the Master Brewer’s Association of the Americas (MBAA).
Certificates are embedded within the Fermentation Science A.A.S. program but are not stand alone certificates and may only be acquired while seeking the degree.
What are my career choices?
Graduates from the Fermentation Science program will be able to work in any aspect of a brewery operation. Graduates will also have a strong foundation in the entrepreneurial aspects of starting a business and potentially could own and operate their own brewery.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfer
- Brewer's Assistant
- Brewhouse Operator
- Cellaring Technician
- Packaging Technician
Program applicants must be over 21 years of age. To apply, please consult the admission & registration guidelines.
Students majoring in Fermentation Science may be eligible for scholarship support through the MCC Financial Aid office and the Advancement Office.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status and take 15 credit hours per term.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.