Launched in 2015, the joint sustainable brewing program was developed at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University by the two schools working in close coordination with the industry. The program offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or associate degree at KVCC, then transfer to a Bachelor of Science degree that marries industry art and science with WMU's national reputation in sustainability. The rigorous science curriculum, which addresses some of the industry's most pressing issues, has been developed with input from a panel of Michigan's top craft brewers and suppliers.
The goal of the Western Michigan University Bachelor of Science in sustainable brewing is to educate students to be intimately familiar with the technical features of brewing, to have an appreciation for the rich landscape of an industry that has been part of civilization for thousands of years and to comprehend and address the environmental challenges faced by the industry in the 21st century.
Required science and math courses complement a slate of brewing-focused courses in the Sustainable Brewing Certificate at KVCC, while additional courses in sustainability and other elective fields provide the breadth of knowledge sought in the industry.