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Fermentation Science, Undergraduate Certificate

College of Science and Engineering

This 16-credit-hour Undergraduate Certificate is designed for degree-seeking students of any major and non-degree-seeking students who want to understand the science and technology involved in brewing craft beer. It is designed to prepare students for entry or advancement in the brewing industry or advanced studies in fermentation science or food science.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission to the Fermentation Science Certificate program is competitive. In order to apply for admission to the certificate program applicants must do the following:

  1. Be 21 years of age or older by the start of classes.
  2. Completion of BIO 110 and CHM 120 or 132. Equivalent introductory biology and chemistry courses from other colleges and universities will be considered. Evidence that the required prerequisite courses will be completed prior to beginning the certificate program will be considered. In lieu of these prerequisites, relevant life experience may satisfy this requirement with permission of the program director and written explanation in the essay portion.
  3. Be admitted to Central Michigan University as a degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking student.
  4. Submit a short personal statement (1 page or less) describing a) brewing experience/interest, b) science experience (including coursework) or reason for exemption from prerequisite, and c) your goals in pursuing the Fermentation Science Certificate.
  5. Complete an application (available on the College of Science and Engineering website, and turn in application along with a copy of a transcript or academic history.

Application Submissions should be dropped off in the College of Science and Engineering Dean’s Office. 200 ET) or sent to:

Fermentation Science Certificate Application

200 ET

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Once admitted to the program students must achieve a grade of C (2.0) or better in each certificate course to earn the certificate.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (16 hours)

SCI 320Fundamentals of Fermentation Science


SCI 321Fermentation Analyses


SCI 322Applied Fermentation Science


SCI 323Brewery Facilities and Operations


SCI 420Internship in Fermentation Science


Total: 16 semester hours