People have been fermenting food and beverages for more than 10,000 years. That dates back to before the earliest civilizations started. And while we've understood the process for centuries, it's a bigger business than ever, especially in Colorado. Use this program to pursue a four-year program in fermentation science and careers in brewing, winemaking and more.
Why Study Fermentation Sciences at Front Range Community College?
Craft brewing is big in Colorado—there are 400 breweries in the state, more per capita than almost anywhere else in the country. But there's more to the industry than beer. Fermented foods and beverages were a $9.2 billion market in 2020, and that figure is expected to keep growing. Food and drinks like yogurt, kimchi and kombucha all depend on fermentation.
FRCC is the only community college in the state with a fermentation program. You'll brew beer, learn about yeast and wort production and study brewery cleaning techniques. You'll even have a chance to sample different styles of beer and wine. Discover new combinations as you use the food-grade kitchen at our Boulder County campus to try out recipes.
AS in Fermentation Sciences
Program Locations: Boulder County, Larimer
Total Credits: 60 credits (4 semesters)
Learn about the science, history and business behind craft beer, wine and other fermented products in this two-year program. Fermentation uses yeast and other bacteria to convert carbohydrates to alcohol or acid. To understand it, you'll learn the basics of microbiology. Explore topics such as:
- Craft beer brewing
- General college microbiology
- Wine fundamentals
- Fermented foods science
Transfer Your Fermentation Sciences Degree
With an AS in fermentation sciences, you can transfer to the fermentation science and technology (B.S.) program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, or the brewery operations (B.S.) program at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Careers & Outcomes
A fermentation sciences degree prepares you for careers in beer brewing, winemaking, distillation, food and beverage processing, and more. Although some careers may require bachelor's and graduate degrees, you'll get a strong foundation with a degree from FRCC.
Special Admissions Requirements
You must be 21 years old before enrolling in the Fermentation Sciences program.