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Brewing Science & Operations: Course Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Brewing Science and Operations

The Graduate Certificate Program requires a minimum of 18 semester credit hours to be taken in a prescribed sequence over 3 semesters of study (see below).

  • HOSP7100 (3)   The Business of Brewing
  • HOSP7110 (3)   Brewing Materials
  • HOSP7120 (3)   Science of Brewing I
  • HOSP7130 (3)   Science of Brewing II
  • HOSP7140 (3)   Facilities and Operations
  • HOSP7910 (1-3)  Practicum in Brewing Science


Each of the following courses is required for graduation in the sequence set out below:

Fall Semester
HOSP7110 (3)   Brewing Materials
HOSP7120 (3)   Science of Brewing I

Spring Semester
HOSP7130 (3)   Science of Brewing II
HOSP7140 (3)   Facilities and Operations

Summer Semester
HOSP7100 (3)    Business of Brewing
HOSP7910 (1-3)   Practicum in Brewing Science*

*Please note that you can register for 1-3 hours per semester in order to accumulate the 120 hours of industry experience required to complete the Practicum in Brewing Science course requirement. All 120 hours must be documented, and all practicum course credits can only be awarded upon completion of the summer semester.

Practicum in Brewing Science

The Auburn Creed was written by George Petrie in 1945 and it serves as a guiding statement for Auburn’s faculty and students. The Creed begins by stating “I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.” The Practicum in Brewing Science lives up to this statement by asking students to work hard on a very practical project within a commercial brewery.

The practicum is an opportunity for students to put into action the concepts and processes that they have learned in previous courses. The faculty works with each student to identify a brewery to serve as the host for the practicum. In close consultation with the brewery staff, the faculty and the student devise a meaningful industrial project. By working under the mentoring of the brewery staff to complete the project, students gain valuable “hands-on” experience. Projects are expected to not only serve as learning mechanisms for the students, but also be beneficial to the host breweries.

Students must spend a minimum of 120 hours on their practicum.

Industrial Project

All students are required to complete an industrial project over the course of their Practicum. This must be agreed to in advanced consultation with the Course Director and interested supervising faculty member. The project must be of relevance to the company that the student is completing their practicum hours with and relate to either the science or business aspects of brewing. Students will be required to submit their project for final grading at least three weeks prior to graduation.

The Distance Learning Experience

This distance education program marries traditional educational approaches with real world application leading to a state-of-the-art interactive learning experience. To this end, the program has partnered with Oskar Blues Brewing and the Alabama Brewing Industry to showcase best practices in all aspects of the brewing industry. The distance learning approach combines synchronous and asynchronous delivery mechanisms to highlight best industry methods and practice. The online learning environment will afford the student seamless transition from classroom-based instruction to in-the-field application making for a much more rewarding and beneficial learning experience. Additionally, each faculty member will be available weekly for one-to-one interaction and study advice and students will participate in online group discussions with peers as they progress through the program.

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Course Requirements

Master of Science in Brewing Science and Operations

Students interested in progressing to the Master of Science Program are required to complete an additional 15 semester credit hours to be taken in a prescribed sequence across over 2/3 additional semesters of study (see below). Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA from the Graduate Certificate Program to be considered.

  • HOSP7150 (3)    Brewing Microbiology
  • HOSP7160 (3)    Applied Engineering in Brewing
  • HOSP7170 (3)    Beer Distribution Systems - newly proposed course
  • HOSP7980 (1-6)   Non-thesis Research

Each of the following courses is required for graduation in the sequence set out below:

Fall Semester
HOSP7150 (3)   Brewing Microbiology
HOSP7160 (3)   Applied Engineering in Brewing

Spring Semester
HOSP7170 (3)   Beer Distribution Systems
HOSP7980 (3)   Non-thesis Research (1-3)*

Summer Semester
HOSP7980 (3)   Non-thesis Research (1-3)*

*Please note that you must identify a major professor to oversee your non-thesis research hours before the end of the fall semester. You can then agree the actual period for the completion of these hours and the related project, which can be spring or spring and summer. It is essential that you communicate the name of your major professor, your project theme, and scope and timeline to the Program Director before the end of the fall semester.

Non-thesis Research Project

The specific focus will depend on the research topic and form selected by the student and his or her major professor. Students will work with their major professor to define their research topic and format so that it meets departmental expectations for a non-thesis project. Meetings will take place via telephone, web conferences, or other electronic means. The major professor will work with the student to establish a reporting schedule that is appropriate for the project and will provide the means to evaluate that satisfactory progress is being made toward completion of the degree. Students are highly encouraged to undertake a project of industrial relevance.

The Distance Learning Experience

This distance education program marries traditional educational approaches with real world application leading to a state-of-the-art interactive learning experience. To this end, the program has partnered with Oskar Blues Brewing and the Alabama Brewing Industry to showcase best practices in all aspects of the brewing industry. The distance learning approach combines synchronous and asynchronous delivery mechanisms to highlight best industry methods and practice. The online learning environment will afford the student seamless transition from classroom-based instruction to in-the-field application making for a much more rewarding and beneficial learning experience. Additionally, each faculty member will be available weekly for one-to-one interaction and study advice and students will participate in online group discussions with peers as they progress through the program.

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For additional information please address all inquiries to:

Clark A. Danderson, PhD
Assistant Professor/Director of Brewing Science and Operations
Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management
332A Spidle Hall
Auburn University
Auburn, Al 36849
E: cad0057@auburn.edu