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. Brewing enthusiasts will gain the skills and training necessary to enter the field or take home brewing to the next level with our Applied Craft Brewing Certificate.
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Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing

Degree overview

Continuing the long-standing tradition of Catholic beer brewing, Regis University is proud to offer the Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing. With support from local brewers serving on our Professional Brewing Advisory Board, we've concocted a hands-on program that will equip you with the skills to become a master brewer and certified beer judge, or simply improve your home or craft brewery skills.

The Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing is a 12-month, part-time program. Courses are taught in the evenings allowing those with full-time employment the opportunity to enroll. This program is perfect for those looking to refine their skills as master brewers or break into the rapidly growing craft beer industry. Classes are limited to 24 students to ensure every student gets to participate in laboratory exercises. 

Course topics include:

Biology of Brewing: Explore 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.

Chemistry of Brewing: Explore the chemistry of brewing practice. This course includes discussion of malt, wort, and beer analysis and the theory and practice of carbonation.

Business of Craft Brewing: Explore the merchandising and operations of micro brewing, with specific focus on finances, marketing, brewing policies and regulations, and developing a business plan. The curriculum also includes discussion of environmental and business ethics where relevant in the science and business courses.

Brewing Practicum: The program concludes with a supervised practical experience at a brewery or brewing-related internship site where students apply program coursework.   

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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:
  • 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 (CLEP exams can be completed at the Regis University Testing Center.)
  • 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 collegiate coursework and only CLEP credit or special cases)
  • Official transcripts showing prerequisite coursework
  • Letter of intent outlining 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 provide the background check instructions to all admitted students. Proof of criminal background check from current employer may be accepted.
  • Proof of health insurance is required for admitted students prior to enrollment.

There is a $50 application fee and a $350 deposit due for admitted students. The deposit is applied to tuition. The tuition for this program is $485 per semester hour, with a total cost of $7,760 for all 16 semester hours (based on current tuition rate). Tuition is billed on a per course basis. Admitted students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

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