About the Program

What is Brewing Science?

Brewing Science combines all aspects of producing quality craft beer, from the hops to the glass. The Certificate of Proficiency in Brewing Science at the University of Arkansas is an interdisciplinary collaboration across three colleges that combines the science and engineering knowledge needed to produce skilled employees in the craft brewing industry. This 15-hour certificate program incorporates core brewing and fermentation courses,  chemistry, biology and engineering electives, and applied work and research opporunities designed to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of beer brewing.

This program is housed in the Department of Food Science, and incorporates courses from the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering

Program Director

Dr. Renee Threlfall

Research Scientist



Why choose our program?

This certificate program is perfect for current U of A students interested in a career in brewing, as well as industry professionals looking to expand their skills. We've partnered with the Arkansas Brewers Guild to provide internship opportunities across the state, and have created an Industry Advisory Board and a University Advisory Board to oversee the program and ensure those who complete their certificate are meeting industry expectations. There is exponential room for industry growth locally, and knowledgeable graduates are needed to continue expanding the brewing industry across the state. 

The brewing industry in Arkansas, the United States and the world are thriving and provides economic impact including sales, agritourism and jobs. 

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How to Apply

The application process for the Proficiency in Brewing Science Certificate program is dependent on an applicant's current standing with the University of Arkansas.

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Course Requirements

This 15 credit hour program has nine hours of required coursework and six hours of electives. 

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