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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Craft Brewing & Pub Operations Major, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Craft Brewing & Pub Operations is a degree program designed for students and professionals looking to break into or further their career within the competitive brewing industry. Created for those wishing to have baccalaureate level training and for those looking to gain vital credentials and certifications, this degree will prepare them for the challenges they will face once they are employed in a working brewpub. Brewpub professionals are involved in the operations, management, creation and analysis of beer in a brewery setting as well as the operations and management of restaurants where beer is brewed. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Craft Brewing & Pub Operations provides a broad foundation in: 1)practical understanding and implementation of the brewing process and the ingredients of beer, 2)chemical and biological analysis of beer, 3)brewery management and operations, 4)restaurant and hospitality management in a brewpub setting, 5)draft quality and system design, 7)professional applications of theoretical knowledge. The program is one of the very few bachelor degrees related specifically to beer, brewing and restaurant settings in the world.


Graduates of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Craft Brewing & Pub Operations degree program will be able to:

  • Acquire Skills employers demand in the critical areas such as: brewhouse operations, brewing company management, restaurant management, cooking with beer, beer and food pairing, proper serving techniques, sensory evaluation and brewery marketing;
  • Gain knowledge on current industry trends and considerations such as alcohol licensing and legal issues;
  • Assume supervisory, management and production positions in the brewing world;
  • Pursue graduate education in the brewing field;
  • Work in a variety of settings with diverse companies;
  • Change careers in the industry to work for suppliers of raw materials, breweries, distributors, retailers, government agencies, or non-profit associations; and contribute to the field as diverse professionals assisting in advancing beer and craft beer throughout the world.



  • Students can contact the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events at 303-556-3152 to schedule advising with the program director.
  • Students can also obtain advising through the College of Professional Studies advising office at 303-556-3304.


A grade of “C” or better is required for courses in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs throughout the university may have different minimum passing grade requirements.

I. General Studies


Total General Studies: 36-39 credits

*General Studies Note: While students are free to select courses from the approved general studies list  in the university catalog, the following courses are highly recommended for craft brewing and pub operations majors.

Multicultural Graduation Requirement

  • Each student must choose at least one of the courses meeting the Multicultural Graduation Requirement. This may be completed within General Studies’ coursework.

II. Major Course Work

A. Science

B. Interdisciplinary

Major Course Requirement Total: 66-70 credits

Major Coursework Notes

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III. General Elective Credits

General Studies: 36-39 credits

Major Course Requirements: 66-70 credits

General Elective Credits: 11-18 credits

Total for Degree: 120 credits

Additional Requirements

Multicultural and Senior Experience: In addition to completing the general studies requirements, a student must complete a 3 semester hour, multicultural course and a 3-semester hour, senior experience course, or selection of courses, to be awarded a bachelor’s degree from MSU Denver. The multicultural course docs not require 3 semester hours as a separate category and can be taken in the major, minor, or as an elective. The designated senior experience course for Craft Brewing & Pub Operations is BVG 4000 - Applied Brewing Operations  

Present Adult CPR and First Aid Certification at stage of graduation: Students can take this course independently or as offered through Campus Recreation (two year certification for $60).

Maintain a grade point average of 2.5.