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Fermentation Science Major

Explore our innovative fermentation science major!

This multidisciplinary field of study focuses on the metabolic processes and methods involved in fermentation.

Our fermentation science major leverages several of our science programs – biology, 化学, and bio化学 – providing experiential training in fermentation and microbiology to ensure food and beverage safety and quality, consistency in the outcomes of the fermentation process, and applied learning relative to bio-manufacturing, 生物燃料, and biopharmaceuticals.

While the growth of industries involving familiar fermentation products such as craft beverages like beer, 酒, and distilled spirits has increased in recent years, so too has the application of fermentation to non-beverage products. There is a growing need for trained and academically prepared scientists to fill these positions in rapidly growing industries.

Fermentation can lead to career opportunities in such areas as:

  • 酝酿
  • 葡萄酒产量
  • 粮食生产
  • Food and Beverage Processing and Sustainability
  • Distillation Technologies
  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Bio-manufacturing
  • 生物制药
  • Cosmetics and Skin Care

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Beyond Beer- and Wine-Making

This multidisciplinary field of study will focus on the metabolic processes and methods involved in fermentation. While most cells – from human to bacteria – are capable of fermentation, the applications differ. The processes in food and beverage production have been studied for centuries but these same processes, under different conditions, are now being exploited to synthesize industrial and pharmaceutical products and even have medical implications.

Lab glassware and fermented creams

A truly specialized degree

Fermentation Science is a specialized area of food science, uniquely applicable to the location of our campus, surrounding industry, 还有当地的历史. The brewing industry has long been a symbol of Wisconsin and, more specifically, the Milwaukee area. In addition to the area’s historic brewers, craft brewing has recently experienced a resurgence, with more than 700 new craft breweries opening in the United States between 2019 and 2021 and sales crossing $100 billion in 2021. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer sales grew by 7.9% in 2021, and sales are projected to grow even faster in the next few years.

While you’ll experience coursework in brewing science and 酒 production, brewing is not the only application for fermentation. You’ll also explore relevant and direct applications of fermentation to fields such as food production, biofuel and chemical synthesis, 和医学.

Few college and universities are offering a fermentation science degree, opting instead for a broader exploration of food science or a certificate program that isn’t as robust. A Bachelor of Science degree in Fermentation Science from 威斯康辛州路德 College will help you stand-out, giving you a foot in the door to interesting internships and capturing the attention of prospective employers.


Career opportunities

Your fermentation science degree can open the door to such careers as:

  • Distillery Operations Manager
  • 实验布鲁尔
  • Fermentation Microbiologist
  • Fermentation Scientist
  • Fermentation Technologist
  • 食品技术专家
  • 实验室技术员
  • Manager, Food ReSearch and Development
  • 酿酒厂老板
  • Product Development Director
  • 生产的化学家
  • Quality Assurance Analyst or Technician
  • 研究科学家
  • Scientist, Bioprocessing
  • Scientist, Microbial Fermentation and Recovery
  • 葡萄酒生产商
  • 发酵学者