New Chemistry Specialization

Degree Track Offered in the Emerging Field of Fermentation Science

Publication Date: 01/30/2020

Fermentation is most often associated with beer brewing or winemaking, but the science is not limited to libations.

Chemistry majors at The University of Texas at Tyler now have the option to specialize in fermentation science and prepare for a variety of career paths, from fermented beverage and food processing to biofuels technology to the production of biopharmaceuticals.

“Fermentation science is a growing field in Texas and the nation, but there are very few academic centers devoted to the field – and most of those that exist are located on the West Coast,’’ said Dr. Jordan Beaver, an assistant professor of chemistry who is leading the University’s fermentation science program.

“UT Tyler will serve as an academic center to prepare students to lead not only in the fermented food and beverages industry, but also in the many other industries that rely on the microbiology of fermentation and fermentation-related science.’’

The Bachelor of Science in chemistry with an emphasis in fermentation science will combine classroom instruction with hands-on projects in state-of-the-art lab facilities. In addition, students will have opportunities for industrial internships and participation in faculty research.

The University also is partnering with local business leaders to expose students to the finance, business and marketing aspects of operating a fermented food and beverage company.

As with other UT Tyler chemistry degree tracks, students will graduate as chemists certified by the American Chemical Society.

Learn more about the fermentation science course of study.

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