Craft Brewing

Information for Students


The Bachelor of Science in Craft Brewing is an interdisciplinary bachelor degree program offered by the College of the Sciences. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of brewing and the brewing industry as well as insight into other fermented food and beverage products. The degree is built upon a strong foundation in science that is translated to hands-on and practical experiences to prepare students for a career in brewing and other related fields. Students will gain valuable hands-on experiences utilizing our pilot brew system, performing independent research, and participating in an internship program. While also being provided networking opportunities with industry professionals through field trips, guest speakers, and industry collaborations.  

The CWU Craft Brewing Program holds a strong reputation in successful job placement of graduates in various roles throughout the brewing industry ranging from brewery operations to merchandising and sales. Graduates have also found success and job opportunities in the barley and hop industries. CWU is ideally located near the heart of the nation’s hop country and with the program’s strong relationship with local hop growers and brokers provides graduates an excellent opportunity to start their career.

Degree Overview

The Craft Brewing Bachelor of Science provides students with an in-depth understanding of brewing and the brewing industry. The degree is built upon a strong foundation in science and incorporates hands-on brewing, field trips, industry speakers, and research activities.

The Craft Brewing program prepares graduates for a career in brewing with focus on:

  • Production
  • Quality assurance
  • Brewery management
  • Merchandising
  • Distribution
  • Brewing technology
  • Packaging, safety & sanitation
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Entrepreneurship

Program Admittance and Requirements

  • Admission to CWU - once admitted you can submit a major request through MyCWU directions here or email the application on this web site to Craftbrewing@cwu.edu
  • Students must be in good academic standing
  • CWU/Transfer Combined cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 or above at the time of application
  • Students must be 18 years of age to apply for the Craft Brewing program. All classroom courses involving tasting will require students to taste and spit (WA ST legislation RCW 66.20.010 (12) a-f).

Students will be expected to spend time outside the classroom working on assignments and projects. Some sessions may meet on Saturdays.

Craft Brewing majors are expected to participate in internships at breweries or research facilities. Please go to the internship information and resources Internships

Financial Aid Information

Degree Program

Financial aid application forms and questions regarding the application process, visit the Financial Aid Office.

General Scholarships

All students at Central are encouraged to apply for general scholarships. Applications are completed online. The student will be asked questions in order to determine which scholarships they qualify for. The application process typically opens in October (Fall Quarter) and closes on February 1st. Scholarships you are selected for will be awarded the following school year. Please visit the the Scholarship Office for more details, to see available scholarships.

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