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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Brewery Operations Major, B.S.

School of Hospitality  

Rita and Navin Dimond Department of Hotel Management  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

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

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, equipment, maintenance, and safety within the physical plant as well as through understanding 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.

Student Outcomes

  • 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.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this program

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion. 


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Science Courses 23 credits
Major Requirements 42 credits
Major Electives 9 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 7-25 credits
Total Credits for the Brewery Operations Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.