Brewing up Something New

Craft brewing has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry and Colorado has made a name for itself as a brewing destination. Regis is proud to be the only college in the Denver metro area offering a certificate in craft brewing. Brewing enthusiasts will gain the skills and training necessary to enter the field or take home brewing to the next level.
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Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing

Degree overview

The Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing is a 12-month, part-time program designed to refine students master brewing skills and develop relevant business skills.

Through interactive curriculum, students explore the microbial basis of brewing, including diversity, nutrition, reproduction, macro and micronutrient metabolism, and culture techniques of yeast and other fermenting microbes. Merchandising and operations of micro brews are covered also, with a specific focus on finances, marketing, brewing policies and regulations.  The curriculum will include discussion of environmental and business ethics where relevant in the all the science and business courses. The program concludes with a supervised practical experience at a  brewery or brewing-related internship site where students apply program coursework.

All course are taught in the evenings in a sequential eight week format, able to accommodate students with traditional full-time employment. Classes are limited to 24 students to ensure every student  to participate in laboratory exercises. Tuition for the Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing is $475 a semester hour.

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Required Courses  -  16 semester hours
BREW 400 Biology of Brewing - 3 semester hours

Explores the microbial basis of brewing, including diversity, nutrition, reproduction, macro and micronutrient metabolism, and culture techniques of yeast and other fermenting microbes. Also discusses the basic biology of barley and hops.

Pre-Requisite(s): admission to the Applied Craft Brewing Certificate Program, a collegiate course in introductory biology

BREW 410 Chemistry of Brewing - 3 semester hours

Explores the chemistry of brewing practice. Includes discussion of malt, wort, and beer analysis and the theory and practice of carbonation.

Pre-Requisite(s): admission to the Applied Craft Brewing Certificate Program, a collegiate course in mathematics (college algebra or higher) and a collegiate course in introductory chemistry

BREW 430 Business of Craft Brewing - 3 semester hours

Explores the merchandising and operations of micro brewing, with specific focus on finances, marketing, brewing policies and regulations, and developing a business plan.

 Pre-Requisite(s): admission to the Applied Craft Brewing Certificate Program

BREW 496 Practical Brewing Skills - 3 semester hours

A supervised practical experience at a brewery or brewing-related internship site where students apply program coursework. Includes completion of an Applied Craft Brewing Certificate program project.

Pre-Requisite(s): BREW 400, BREW 410, and BREW 430

BREW 498 Brewing Internship - 4 semester hours

A supervised academic working internship at a brewery or brewing-related internship site where students apply program coursework. Includes completion of an Applied Craft Brewing Certificate program project.

Pre-Requisite(s): BREW 400, BREW 410, and BREW 430

How to Apply

All students must meet the following requirements before enrolling in the Certificate for Applied Craft Brewing courses:
  • Students must be 21 years of age by the beginning of their first program course
  • One semester of college level biology or a passing score on a Biology College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam
  • One semester of college level chemistry or a passing score on a Chemistry CLEP exam
  • One semester of college level mathematics, a passing score on a College Mathematics CLEP exam, or a passing score on the Regis Applied Brewing Mathematics placement exam
  • 2.5 college grade point average (or Program Director permission, for cases of students without collegiae coursework and only CLEP credit or special cases)
  • Official transcripts showing prerequisite coursework
  • Letter of intent outling your interest and goals in the craft brewing industry
  • Criminal Background Check: As a condition of your enrollment, you must pass a criminal background check. Regis University will send Certified Background check information to all admitted students. Proof of criminal background check from current employer may be accepted.

All students are required to provide proof of health insurance.  A $40 fee is due with application. Application fee will be waived if received prior to June 15, 2014.  A $350 deposit is due once a student is accepted into the program. The tuition for this program is $457 per semester hour, with a total cost of $7,600 for all 16 semester hours. This program does qualify for financial aid.

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