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Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Craft Brewing is an interdisciplinary bachelor degree program offered by the College of Sciences. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of brewing and the brewing industry. glass mug with malt and hopsThe degree is built upon a strong foundation in science and incorporates hands-on pilot brewing, field trips, industry speakers, and research activities. The program prepares graduates for a career in various brewing positions including production, quality assurance, brewery management, merchandising, distribution, brewing technology, packaging, safety, sanitation, sensory evaluation, and entrepreneurship.

Placement Opportunities

Recent CWU Craft Brewing graduates have found employment with local, national and international brewing companies. Position titles include Head Brewer, Assistant Brewer, Brewery Owner, Packaging Supervisor, Cellar Technician, Marketing Specialist, Communication Coordinator, Taproom Manager and Sales Representative. Graduates have also gone on to work in analytical labs, and within the hop and barley industries.

Opportunities for advancement are excellent as Central's graduates are well prepared to meet the challenges of today's brewing industry. Our office receives several emails a month from breweries hoping to hire our recent graduates.

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Major Admittance Requirements & Application:

The Craft Brewing admission requirements ensure that each student admitted to the program has the potential, interest, and drive to succeed in the program and to continue on to a successful career in the Craft Brewing industry.

Students must be 18 years of age to apply for the Major 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 significant time outside the classroom working on assignments and projects.  Some sessions may meet on Saturdays.

Craft Brewing majors will be expected to participate in an internship at a brewery or research facility.  Please go to the internship information and resources Internships

Admission Requirements Major, Minor & Certificate:

  • Good Academic standing
  • CWU/Transfer Combined cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.25 or above at the time of application
  • Admission to CWU - once admitted you can submit a major request through MyCWU directions here or email the application on this web site to
  • Students must be at least 21 years old before enrolling CRBW 450 - Sensory Analysis for Brewing.  Please contact the department for further information



CWU Craft Brewing
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
Ph: 509-963-2731

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