Award-winning faculty that collaborate across academic departments
Excellent preparation for graduate education in fermentation, such as pursuing a master brewing license, the study of microbiological sciences or environmental studies, or medical school.
Practical experience in SUNY Cobleskill’s laboratories, greenhouses, and culinary kitchens.
A rigorous intellectual and hands-on approach to learning
Opportunities to work in growing fields that contribute significantly to the the economy both locally and nationwide.
Capstone experience includes co-op, internship, or on-campus research project
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:
Food & Beverage
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: