P460: Brewing Science – course design, options, and outcomes
The topic of beer, brewing, and fermentation science has been show to engage students in the discussion of scientific principles. When employed as a stand-alone course, connections between chemistry, physics, biology and other disciplines can be made. Thus, this type of course is well suited as a liberal arts science capstone. The development of Brewing Science as a two-semester sequence requiring freshman level science courses as pre-requisites allows the discussion to be considerably more detailed. The description of this course sequence, including specific outlines of laboratory experiments, will be presented. Student and professional brewer evaluations of the course suggest that this course sequence serves not only as a science capstone, but also as adequate preparation for students interested in working within the brewing industry. Finally, a comparison of a two-semester sequence housed within a department to a cross-listed liberal arts version will be made.