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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Brewery Operations Major, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science in Brewery Operations is designed for students and professionals looking to break into or further their career within the competitive beer and 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 the beer world. Brewery professionals are involved in the operations, management, creation and analysis of beer in a brewery setting. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Brewery 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 and improvement of beer, 3) brewery management and operations, 4) serving and hospitality in the beer world, 5) packaging techniques, 6) draft quality and system design, 7) professional applications of theoretical knowledge. The program is one of the only bachelor degrees related specifically to beer and the brewing industry in the world.

It is particularly unique because it is an expansive course of study based out of the School of Hospitality, Events, and Tourism and is not exclusively a food science degree.

Students who complete the B.S. in Brewery Operations will:

  • Develop a range of leadership skills and abilities to succeed in the beer industry, including resourceful and ethical decision making, team interaction skills, and critical & reflective thinking skills within the larger hospitality industry.
  • Implement beer production and distribution principles within the increasingly diverse beer industry environment.
  • Formulate and apply strategies and techniques to enhance abilities within the scientific and technical realm of the brewing industry.

Program Slogan: “Crafting Leaders in the Beer Industry!”

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.

General Studies (36-39 credit hours)


Total for 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 brew pub operations majors.

Total Credits

General Studies: 36-39 credits

Major Course Requirements: 60 credits

General Elective Credits: 21-24 credits*

Total for Degree: 120 credits


*Students must complete at least 40 upper division credit hours in order to graduate. Students should note that completing the required General Studies and Major coursework alone may not accomplish this goal and that they will likely need to take additional upper division courses as part of their General Electives.

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