Fermentation Science

Embark on a Journey in Hands-On Training Where Passion Meets Profession

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Program Overview

Are you interested in the fascinating science behind fermented foods and beverages? The Academic Certificate in Fermentation Science at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers you a unique opportunity to dive into this intriguing field. This program provides comprehensive knowledge in business communications, chemistry, and microbiology, tailored to the fermentation industry. You will gain a deeper understanding of how fermentation applies to various foods, including beer, wine, spirits, cheese, bread, and chocolate, with a specific focus on Idaho’s contributions to the industry.

The program includes hands-on training and internship opportunities, allowing you to apply your skills in real-world settings and connect with industry leaders. The Academic Certificate will prepare you for entry-level positions within the diverse fermented foods industries and can be pursued independently or as part of the STEM Associate of Science degree.

Degree or Certificate Type

Academic Certificate

Time to Complete

1 year

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Hands-On Industry Training: Connect with local industry leaders, and apply your skills in a work-based setting.
  • In-Depth Industry Knowledge: Understand Idaho's significant contributions to the fermentation industry, and build a professional network.
  • Internship Opportunities: Integrate professional development into your coursework, including resume and cover letter refinement, and gain practical experience in your chosen field.
  • Exploration of Scientific Principles: Take courses in chemistry, microbiology, and fermentation science to understand the scientific basis of fermentation.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Fermentation Science – Academic Certificate

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Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural Inspectors

    Inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.


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  • Agricultural Technicians

    Work with agricultural scientists in plant, fiber, and animal research, or assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects.


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  • Dietitians and Nutritionists

    Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.


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  • Food Science Technicians

    Work with food scientists or technologists to perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products. Includes technicians who assist in research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.


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  • Food Scientists and Technologists

    Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.


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  • Dietetic Technicians

    Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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