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Applied Fermentation

Program Highlights

 

Degree Options

Fermentation Science, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Applied Fermentation, Bachelor of Technology (BT)

 

Fermented food, beverages, and industrial products contribute billions of dollars each year to the U.S. economy. Industries that require fermentation specialists, from pharmaceuticals to the craft beverage, cheese and yogurt industries, are vital and growing economic drivers both in New York State and nationwide.

The Fermentation Science program at SUNY Cobleskill prepares students to enter a broad range of fields with valuable skills and knowledge. Many products that we use on a daily basis involve fermentation in their production, from bread, wine, cheese, tea, and yogurt to biodegradable food packaging, nylon, and penicillin. Even hydrogen gas as an alternative fuel might be prepared in a fermentation process. 

Each student in the program begins with a solid foundation of liberal arts, science, and business. Students in the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Fermentation program will then focus on food and beverages from growth to manufacture. Students in the Bachelor of Science program will choose to specialize in one of three advisement tracks: biocatalysis (industrial manufacture of products like pharmaceuticals), food and beverage production, or the application of fermentation in an environmental context. Students in both degree programs will gain practical experience with a co-op, internship, or on-campus research opportunity along with a senior seminar focused on case studies in fermentation science.

Students in the Bachelor of Science program begin with a foundation of field requirements that include Biology, Chemistry, Fermentation Science, Microbiology, Marketing, and Management. Then, each advisement track has a specialized sequence for upper level courses. Sample courses include:

Biocatalysis

  • Biotechnology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Bioinformatics

Food & Beverage

  • Food System Regulation
  • Entomology
  • Nutrition Science
  • Fruit Science
  • Intro to Soil Science
  • Oenology
  • Brewing Science
  • Distilled Spirits
  • Cider & Other Beverages
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Agricultural Chemicals

Environment

  • Biomass/Biowaste Energy Technology
  • Waste Management & Technology
  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Environmental Law & Processes
  • Envrionmental Pollution
  • Calculus
  • Physics

 

Students in the Bachelor of Technology program can expect classes in liberal arts & sciences (such as Composition, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics), food and beverage production, and business coursework that includes development of skills in accounting, management and marketing. Sample courses include:

  • Fermentation Science
  • Food System Regulation
  • Food Service Sanitation
  • Beverage Management
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Distilled Spirits
  • Cider & Other Beverages
  • Marketing Ag Products
  • Financial Accounting
  • Ag Business Operations
  • Production Management
  • Dairy Processing Technology
  • Oenology
  • Brewing Science