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Fermentation Science


Pharmaceutical fermentation, dairy fermentation, and the craft beer and wine industries are growing at an exponential rate in the U.S. You can be a part of this exciting trend by becoming a Fermentation Science major at Edinboro University. It's the only program of its kind in Pennsylvania.


Growth of the craft beer industry in 2014 in barrels.
Number of new wineries in the US in 2017, totaling 9,249.
Total number of wineries, breweries, and distilleries with 100 miles of Edinboro.

How Edinboro Stands Out.

Edinboro is committed to providing you with a solid foundation in the sciences as well as a practical education that leads to a satisfying career. Our Fermentation Science program offers many unique advantages, including:

  • Expert faculty, all with doctoral degrees, who mentor you and assist you in the development of research projects
  • Opportunities to participate in American Chemical Society meetings and present at professional seminars
  • Onsite field work at a regional company, where you can learn real-world best practices from the experts themselves

How Edinboro Supports You.

The Fermentation Science coursework is rigorous, heavy with upper-level biology and chemistry lab courses. This will provide you with robust training for the job market.

Under the guidance of expert faculty, you will gain a firm understanding of the chemical principles and concepts behind the process of fermentation, as well as quality assurance, quantitative analysis and proper industry techniques.

You'll graduate ready to meet the challenges — and reap the rewards — of a career in dynamic, growing industries.

Your Future

As a fermentation scientist, you could be right at the heart of many rapidly growing businesses. This degree incorporates the basics of chemistry and biochemistry, emphasizing quality control and analysis within the fermentation process, including yeast and other microbes, water chemistry and product analysis.

A foundation in fermentation science prepares you to become a valuable employee in many exciting industries, such as:

  • Brewing
  • Distilling
  • Fermented foods and beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Viticulture

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Naod Kebede
Department Chair
126E Cooper Hall
Email: chemistry@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814-732-1539

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