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Brewing and Distillation Technology Program AGS Degree

This program is intended for those who are interested in starting a career in brewing, expanding their current brewing knowledge and practice, or considering opening a brewpub or microbrewery. The curriculum has been designed with direct input and participation by brewing professionals, owners of breweries and brewpubs and distillers. The program is designed by craft beverage professionals to meet industry needs, and also addresses potential issues faced by entrepreneurs aspiring to startup a microbrewery or brewpub in Michigan. The course of study introduces the science, operation, business, finishing, packaging and service of beer and distilled spirits, and prepares the student to pursue employment in a wide variety of positions in a craft beverage operation.

Any student wishing to pursue an associate degree can apply all 25 credits from the Brewing and Distillation Technology Certificate toward an Associate in General Studies (AGS) degree. Depending on the desired career path, discuss options for an associate degree with an academic advisor.

Not all courses are offered each semester.  Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection. 

Schoolcraft program code # AGS.00042
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Sample Plan

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 16

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester

  • Humanities - Select General Education Humanities course* - Credits: 3
  • Mathematics - Select General Education Mathematics course* - Credits: 3
  • Science - Select General Education Science course* - Credits: 4
  • Social Science - Select General Education Social Science course* - Credits: 3
  • Electives - Select courses supportive of occupational and academic goals - Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Second Year - Winter Semester

  • Humanities - Select General Education Humanities course* - Credits: 1
  • Science - Select General Education Science course* - Credits: 3
  • Social Science - Select General Education Social Science course* - Credits: 3
  • Electives - Select courses supportive of occupational and academic goals - Credits: 6

Total Credits: 13

Program Total 60 Credits

*Please check Schoolcraft General Education requirements to determine course options.

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