This certificate is open to all degree-seeking undergraduate students. Students must be over the age of 21 by the time they take the lab requirements (FOOD SCI 551 Food Fermentation Laboratory or FOOD SCI 552 Food Fermentation Laboratory: The Science of Wine). For more information, or to declare the certificate, contact Monica Theis ( Students are strongly encouraged to declare the certificate early in their academic career to ensure timely completion of certificate requirements.

FOOD SCI 410 Food Chemistry3
FOOD SCI 550 Fermented Foods and Beverages2
FOOD SCI 551 Food Fermentation Laboratory1
or FOOD SCI 552 Food Fermentation Laboratory: The Science of Wine
MICROBIO/​FOOD SCI  325 Food Microbiology3
MICROBIO 450 Diversity, Ecology and Evolution of Microorganisms3
MICROBIO 526 Physiology of Microorganisms3
MARKETNG 300 Marketing Management3
Total Credits18


This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Identify and describe how microbial and chemical features of ingredients and raw materials influence the quality and functionality of fermented foods and beverages.
  2. Explain the compositional features of ingredients and raw materials specific to various fermented foods and beverages.
  3. Identify and describe the operational units and transformational processes unique to the production of fermented foods and beverages.
  4. Design and produce fermented foods and/or beverages that meet specified standards for styles or varieties.
  5. Measure and interpret analytics to assess quality and correct defects.
  6. Describe the concept of branding and its impact on marketing fermented foods and beverages.

For more information or to declare the certificate in the science of fermented food and beverages, contact:

Monica Theis
Babcock Hall Room 127A
1605 Linden Dr, Madison, WI 53706

Monica Theis, senior lecturer, Food Science
Nick Smith, ecologist and instructor

Victor Ujor, Assistant Professor, Food Science

The experiences offered through this certificate provide students with a number of opportunities to fulfill the Wisconsin Experience. In addition to 18 credits of rigorous course work with a focus on the science of fermentation, students work directly with local brewers, winemakers and bakers where they can explore innovations in product development, apply their knowledge and help local industries solve problems specific to their craft. Engagement allows for intellectual growth as well as an appreciation for the influence of local culture and values on what makes for “good” food and beverages. 

Our industry and campus partners celebrate curiosity and exploration by allowing students to experiment with novel ingredients such as wild yeast, winter hardy grapes and local hops. Most exciting of all, students find that they can make a direct contribution to food and beverage products that are launched into the Wisconsin marketplace.