A Bachelor of Science degree program in Fermentation Sciences has been developed at Appalachian State University and was approved by the UNC General Administration in June 2012. Students at Appalachian State University now have the option to pursue a BS degree in Fermentation Sciences (FER).
The Fermentation Sciences program is an inter-disciplinary degree, offered by the Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences, within the College of Arts and Sciences, intended to provide students with a strong background in chemistry and biology and a considerable focus in business, marketing and entrepreneurial principles.
Our goal is prepare students to be extremely competitive in the fields of:
- Fermentation Sciences
- Wine and Brewing Sciences
- Food science and technology
- Bio-processing / Bio-technology
- Biology (microbiology and plant biology)
- Agriculture Value Addition
- Business development
Students are required to fulfill rigorous core requirements in sciences and humanities while gaining exposure to principles of fermentation sciences, systems design and engineering, and understanding the social and cultural implications of food and beverage production. Upper-level students will have extensive hands-on experience with production systems including bio-processing technology to handle agricultural and industrial waste streams, water treatment, and environmental remediation. Students will be integral in the operations and management of the fermentation pilot plant - from designing innovative approaches for reducing resource utilizations and improving operating efficiencies to recipe development, research collaborations with industry partners, and business management of the fermentation pilot plant. Appalachian students are expected to engage in all aspects of the discipline ranging from economics to applied science and laboratory methods for basic and advanced chemical and microbiological analyses.
Throughout the process of program development, Fermentation Sciences faculties have developed industry collaborations with local vineyards, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and biotechnology businesses to provide students with a "real-world" classroom for practical experience. Students within the program will also have the opportunity to work in the ASU Enology Services Laboratory and develop their laboratory techniques while working with state of the art instrumentation.
The Fermentation Sciences academic curriculum was designed to encourage all students to pursue a minor in a discipline of their particular interest: Biology, Chemistry, Marketing, or Entrepreneurship. Students are advised to declare a minor early in their tenure to increase academic diversity among students and provide a specialization for each graduate. This will also contribute to the competitiveness of Appalachian graduates entering the workforce. In addition, a concentration in Fermentation Sciences has been developed for students obtaining a degree through the Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences at Appalachian.