Majoring in Beer

Many a flippant college undergrad has claimed to be “majoring in beer” over the years. Now they actually can.

They can, at least, at Eastern Michigan University, which has just created a four-year program in “fermentation science”.

This daring new program was created by two EMU professors of chemistry, Cory Emal and Gregg Wilmes, who say they want to give students an understanding of the basic science behind fermentation.

Lest anyone think this is a goof-off course, the professors are assuring the public (and parents) that a major in fermentation science is grounded in required core science courses such as biochemistry, microbiology, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, cell and molecular biology and genetics.

Fermentation is serious business, after all. One can imagine graduates of this course becoming the craft beer entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

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