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This certificate will provide increased knowledge and understanding of skills as related to the brewing science industry. Students must be accepted to the University and take courses for credit. The cost of the program is the same as undergraduate tuition for degree-seeking students. Student with similar courses in their prior experience may request that courses be transferred to meet part of the certificate.

This certificate program is open to all undergraduate, degree-seeking students and to non-degree seeking students. To be awarded the program certificate, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Review the certificate program plan with an advisor prior to enrollment
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in the certificate program
  • Earn at least a “C” or higher in each of the certificate courses
  • Earn a minimum of 60% of required courses at MSU Denver

Enrollment in the Brewing Science Certificate may require prior coursework in biology and chemistry. Enrollment is subject to approval by program advisor.

Program Options

MSU Denver undergraduate students can choose from the following beer industry degree programs:

Brewery Operations Major, B.S.

Craft Brewing & Pub Operations Major, B.S.

Brewery Operations Minor

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Beer Industry Operations program at MSU Denver works closely with beer industry experts and organizations to advance the industry and increase educational opportunities for our students. A member of the Colorado Brewers Guild, MSU Denver’s Beer Industry Operations program is also an Institute of Brewing and Distilling Test Center and a pilot school for the Brewers Association and its Education Membership program.

Take advantage of Colorado craft brewing and related industry partners of the bachelor’s degree program. With a variety of experiences outside the traditional classroom, including internships and research, MSU Denver students enrolled in a Beer Industry program provides unique opportunities for practical, hands-on learning in breweries, restaurants, distribution centers and hotels throughout the Front Range and Rocky Mountain region.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

The beer industry in Colorado has created more than 24,000 jobs and contributes more than $10.3 billion to the economy, according to a recent report by the Beer Institute. With a certificate in Brewery Operations, you increase your marketability to potential employers in beer-related industries.


Scott Kerkmans_Brewery OperationsScott Kerkmans

Faculty instructor and director of the brewing program, Scott Kerkmans is a leading professional educator and expert voice in the craft beer industry. One of the first five Certified Cicerones in the world, Kerkmans is also a Nationally Certified Beer Judge and judges at the Great American Beer Festival each year. Producing beer education courses through his company, Beer Conscious Training, he also founded Colorado Craft Beer Week, co-founded Draft Magazine and designed Starwood Hotels’ online training and education program as their Chief Beer Officer. Kerkmans originally entered the beer world as a brewer and filterer, most recently with Alaskan Brewing Company.

Ethan Tsai_Brewery OperationsEthan Tsai

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ethan Tsai teaches the Brewing Quality and Analysis class for Brewing Operations majors. Specializing in materials chemistry and soft matter physical chemistry, Tsai was previously a master chemist for two startup companies, and he worked with 3M developing next-generation adhesive technologies. Tsai is an avid homebrewer and works closely with Tivoli Brewing Company, leading their lab testing to ensure quality for all of their commercial beers. In his teaching of Brewery Operations, students regularly work with nano brew systems to study everything from wort production to chemical analysis of a final product.

Sample Classes

Here are a few classes you'll take in pursuit of your Brewery Operations Certificate:

Brewery Mechanics 
Beers of the World 
Beer Styles & Service
Sensory Quality Analysis of Beer  
Brewing Fermentation 
Brewing Science 
Brewing Quality Analysis
Beer & Food 
Brewery Operations 
Beer & Spirits 
Alcohol Beverage Law 
Sensory Quality Analysis of Beer 
Beverage Promotion

Facilities and Resources

MSU Denver has developed six world-class beer laboratories exclusively for the Beer Industry Operations program, with financial support from brewing industry partners.

Tivoli Brewing Company operates a $7-million campus facility for brewing, bottling and distributing beer. With the capacity to produce 28,000 barrels of beer per year, the facility has the potential to be one of the highest-producing craft breweries in the state. And as the first full production brewery in the country on a college campus, Tivoli’s on-site training facilities include high-quality large-scale and pilot systems, (copy this from brew ops page) and the Tivoli Tap House.

In the One World One Water (OWOW) Center, Brewing Operations majors learn about environmental concerns, municipal water supply, water law, waste water and water chemistry in partnership with MSU Denver’s OWOW program, the only in-depth water center that coexists with a brewing program in the country.

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