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What will I learn?

Craft beer accounts for nearly 8 percent of beer sales nationally, and sales are increasing exponentially. Craft brewing in Michigan has a $1 billion economic impact, making the state impact 10th in the country. West Michigan has developed a strong reputation for the craft, and as the site of the nation's first higher program in sustainable craft brewing, Kalamazoo is becoming an education destination for this rapidly growing employment and entrepreneurial phenomenon.

Launched in 2015 by Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, the program offers many options for completion, including a two-plus-two plan that allows you to earn an associate degree at KVCC, then move on to a Bachelor of Science degree that combines industry art and science with WMU's national reputation in sustainability.

The rigorous science curriculum was developed with input from an external advisory board that includes members from some of Michigan's top breweries. The program includes coursework in chemistry, biosciences, physics and environmental studies as well as sustainability, sales and marketing, and the relationship between food, beverages and culture throughout history.

Beyond the classroom

The KVCC-WMU sustainable brewing program stresses hands-on learning. As a student in this program, you will venture beyond the traditional classroom to gain an understanding of every facet of the industry.

You will learn about the brewing process in a teaching brewery outfitted with the comprehensive functionality of industry equipment and facilities that incorporate sustainable brewing practices.

You will also find ample internship and hands-on learning opportunities in West Michigan, which has one of the country's highest per-capita densities of craft breweries.

After you graduate

Among the places that would hire someone with a degree in sustainable brewing are:

Beverage distributors
Breweries
Brewpub restaurants
Food packaging companies
Government and nonprofit agencies related to food, beverage and sustainability
Hops farms
Malting houses

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (122 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,541.00 per year
Undergraduate Upper-level 56 or more credits – USD $19,113
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

Western Michigan University

1903 W Michigan Avenue,

KALAMAZOO,

Michigan,

49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A first-year applicant is a student who is applying for admission and who has not attempted or earned any college credit after graduating from high school (or earned equivalent).

For international students

A first-year applicant is a student who is applying for admission and who has not attempted or earned any college credit after graduating from high school (or earned equivalent).

Minimum English proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 71 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.0

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 48

Michigan English Test (MET): 48

Application deadlines:

Fall: June 15/ Spring: October 15

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

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