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Brewing Operations Minor/Certificate

Craft breweries and brewpubs have become a significant component of Colorado’s culture and economy with nearly a brewery a week opening for the past two years. Despite the industry’s high rate of growth, our brewing industry partners have reported a need for university educated employees trained in brewing science. There is a need for scientists capable of understanding both the artistic and scientific aspects of brewing. Those students who are Majoring in a Biology, BioChemistry, Chemistry or related major qualify for adding a minor in Brewing Science.

By partnering with the Tivoli Brewing Company , located on the Auraria Campus in the Tivoli Student Union , MSU Denver’s program provides students with access to this 28,000 (annual) barrel capacity brewing, bottling, and distribution center. By integrating training facilities within the commercial brewery and tap house, students hone critical industry skills on high quality large scale and pilot systems.

Through this partnership with Tivoli Brewing Company and a host of other Colorado craft brewing and related industry partners, students receive high quality instruction and experiential learning opportunities from faculty and industry partners that are unmatched by other programs across the country.

Brewery Operations

Minor

A grade of “C” or higher is required for required courses in this program to count toward the Minor. Students should note that programs throughout the University may have different minimum passing grade requirements.

Required Minor Courses:

  • BVG 2350 Brewery Mechanics 3 credits
  • BVG 3010 Beers of the World 3 credits
  • BVG 4010 Beer Styles & Service 3 credits

Subtotal: 9 credits

Science (Option 1):

  • BVG 3810 Sensory Quality Analysis of Beer 3 credits
  • BVG 4220 Brewing Fermentation 3 credits
  • BVG 4350 Brewing Science 3 credits
  • BVG 4810 Brewing Quality Analysis 3 credits

Total Option 1: 12 credits

Operations (Option 2 – choose 4 of the following 6):

  • BVG 3220 Beer & Food 3 credits
  • BVG 3350 Brewery Operations 3 credits
  • BVG 3683 Beer & Spirits 3 credits
  • BVG 3750 Alcohol Beverage Law 3 credits
  • BVG 3810 Sensory Quality Analysis of Beer 3 credits
  • BVG 3950 Beverage Promotion 3 credits

Total Option 2: 12 credits

Total credits for Minor: 21 credit

 

Certificate

This certificate will provide increased knowledge and understanding of skills as related to the brewing science industry. Students must be accepted to the University and take courses for credit. The cost of the program is the same as undergraduate tuition for degree-seeking students. Student with similar courses in their prior experience may request that courses be transferred to meet part of the certificate.

Admission and Graduation Requirements

This certificate program is open to all undergraduate, degree-seeking students and to non-degree seeking students. To be awarded the program certificate, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Review the certificate program plan with an advisor prior to enrollment
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in the certificate program
  • Earn at least a “C” or higher in each of the certificate courses
  • Earn a minimum of 60% of required courses at MSU Denver

Enrollment in the Brewing Science Certificate may require prior coursework in biology and chemistry. Enrollment is subject to approval by program advisor.

Advising and Contact Information

Individuals interested in this certificate program should contact the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events at 303-556-3152 to schedule an appointment for an advising session.

Required Minor Courses: 

  • BVG 2350 Brewery Mechanics 3 credits
  • BVG 3010 Beers of the World 3 credits
  • BVG 4010 Beer Styles & Service 3 credits

Subtotal: 9 credits

Science (Option 1):

  • BVG 3810 Sensory Quality Analysis of Beer 3 credits
  • BVG 4220 Brewing Fermentation 3 credits
  • BVG 4350 Brewing Science 3 credits
  • BVG 4810 Brewing Quality Analysis 3 credits

Total Option 1: 12 credits

Operations (Option 2 – choose 4 of the following 6):

  • BVG 3220 Beer & Food 3 credits
  • BVG 3350 Brewery Operations 3 credits
  • BVG 3683 Beer & Spirits 3 credits
  • BVG 3750 Alcohol Beverage Law 3 credits
  • BVG 3810 Sensory Quality Analysis of Beer 3 credits
  • BVG 3950 Beverage Promotion 3 credits

Total Option 2: 12 credits

Total credits for Minor: 21 credits


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