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Creating a good beer or wine is not just an art - it’s a science. At Wayne State College, you’ll learn how to brew the perfect craft by studying fermentation science. Chemistry courses will give you the foundation you need to understand the process of fermentation. Our program includes practical research and outreach to answer questions facing the growing brewing industries in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and the nation. Hands-on fermentation in the lab paired with an internship in the industry will give you the experience you need to become an expert brewer or winemaker.

Sample Program of Study




99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A. or B.S. in Chemical Sciences

Hours required:
For concentration: 57
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

Popular minors: Business Administration

School: Natural and Social Sciences

Department(s): Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Nationally Ranked Program

Best College for Chemistry, 2018 - Schools.com

No. 2 in the U.S.

Best College for Chemistry Degree, 2018


Most Focused Chemistry Degree, 2019 - College Factual

Top 10% of all U.S. Colleges

Most Focused Chemistry Degree Program, 2019

College Factual

Fermentation Science Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for studying fermentation science.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.


Skills Learned

Analytical techniques common to fermenation:

  • Determination of alcohol percentage
  • Determination of flavor and spoiler components
  • Color and iron determinations
  • Metal detection (copper / sodium)
  • pH / titrations
  • Distillation / hydrometer / refractometer

Microbiology techniques:

  • Membrane plating - filtration / vacuum
  • Catalase test / gram stain
  • Microscopy - bacteria and yeast identification
  • Incubation
  • Autoclave - biohazard removal
  • PCR - beer spoiler kits
  • Yeast propagation


Possible Careers

  • Brewer / assistant brewer
  • Brewing / distilling manager
  • Brewmaster
  • Plant manager
  • Process engineer
  • Distiller
  • Quality manager
  • Lab manager
  • Sensory coordinator
  • Research and development specilaist
  • Winemaker
  • Vineyard foreman
  • Vineyard manager



  • Breweries and wineries
  • Beer and wine development companies
  • Food development companies
  • Industrial companies
  • Medical research facilities
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Research labs
  • Biopharmaceutical companies
  • Government / federal agnecies
  • Self-employment

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 86% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Biology and Chemistry Student Activities


  • Research projects, class trips, and more – Conduct your own research and present your work at regional conferences. Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to help judge at the Nebraska Science Bowl and Junior Academy of Science Fairs and also visit area analytical science labs.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors


Before graduating with your chemistry degree, we encourage you to first complete an internship in order to gain field experience. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities in your field of study.

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