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What will I learn?

Transformation through Fermentation

Wine, beer, cider, cheese, yogurt and pepperoni are among the many foods and beverages created by fermentation, and the demand for these products on grocery store shelves continues to grow.

This program explores the science and craft behind fermented foods and beverages. You’ll study microorganisms — such as yeast, bacteria and mold — and learn how the fermentation process is used to improve the safety and quality of food products; develop new food products; and design new, safer and more energy efficient food preservation methods.

The availability and diversity of fermented products has increased in recent years, which means a degree in this major will put you in high demand for careers in the food and beverage industry.

This program could be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy sciences like microbiology and chemistry
  • Like to do ”hands-on” lab and classroom experiments
  • Are interested in how beer, wine and fermented foods are made
  • Work well as part of a team

With this degree, you could become a/an:

  • Food scientist
  • Food product developer
  • Food safety microbiologist
  • Winemaker
  • Beer brewer
  • Industry sales representative

Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,840.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, May, August 2023


University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive,



83844, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A 2.5 on a 4.0 Grade Point Average scale is required from your secondary school. You must meet criteria for admission to university-level study in your home country.

For international students

Students must have 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA scale is required from secondary school. They must meet criteria for admission to university level study in home country. They should also satisfy the following English language requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 525 on the paper test or 70 on the Internet-based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic score of 48
  • ELS Language Centers, pass of Level 112
  • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English), pass
  • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), pass
  • Cambridge International "O" Levels, pass
  • English proficiency demonstration is waived for any applicant who has a previous degree at an accredited U.S. institution

Priority Application Dates – Fall: May 1; Spring: October 1; Summer: March 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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