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EngiBeering Certificate

Offered at the San Marcos Campus


CSUSM’s EngiBeering® certificate program explores the science and engineering behind brewing craft beer. You’ll learn what goes into making beer, the history of craft beer, how to evaluate beer by identifying flavors and beer quality (which will prepare you to be a judge at beer competitions) and so much more.

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Information Sessions

Learn about program details, costs, the registration process and much more.

  • None at this time.
  • Flexible program

    Take just a few courses to learn the basics, or complete one or both certificates of study including Basic EngiBeering and Advanced Brewing Science

  • Go behind the scenes

    Courses are offered at CSUSM with site visits to local breweries where you can see firsthand the operations of breweries of all sizes and as part of this program you will complete an internship to gain valuable experience

  • Learn from the best

    Learn from and network with local brewery owners and experts currently working in the San Diego beer industy, including Paul Sangster, Co-Founder and Brewmaster at Rip Current Brewing.

  • Range of topics

    Topics include: history of craft beer, brewing processes, evaluating flavors and beer quality, recipe development, entrepreneurship and marketing, brewing materials and more

Program Details


    Individual Courses - Admission Process

    If you would like to complete one or all of the courses below but do not want to pursue a full certificate program, please register using the links below. Please add all desired courses to your cart BEFORE checking out.

    The courses below are open to the public and do not require submission of the program application to register.

    • ENGB 300 - The Evolution of Beer Across Time and Space
    • ENTR 400 - Entrepreneurship and Marketing in the Craft Beer Industry
    Course - Open to Public Term Course Fee Registration
    ENGB 310 (3 units) Spring 2020 $500 ENGB 310 Registration
    ENGB 350 (3 units) Spring 2020 $750 ENGB 350 Registration

    Full Certificate Programs - Admission Requirements and Process

    • You must be 21 years of age or older
    • ONE of the following is required for admission to the Certificate of Specialized Study in Basic EngiBeering:
      • Associate degree from an accredited college that included a course in life science and a course in physical science
      • Two years of college (60 semester units) that included a course in life science and a course in physical science
      • Two years of brewery operations experience

    How to apply to the Basic EngiBeering and/or the Advanced Brewing Science program

    1. Submit the EngiBeering program application
      • Upload your current résumé (required)
    2. To expedite the application process, upload unofficial transcripts reflecting an associate degree or 60 semester units including a life or physical science course, if these are the admission requirements you meet
    3. Submit official transcripts to CSUSM
      • In addition to submitting the program application, you must request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended*
      • Delivering transcripts to CSUSM
        • Electronic delivery is the preferred method. Verify with your school if an electronic transcript is available. They can be provided through external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, eTranscriptCA, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). When ordering your transcript, please choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient from the school name dropdown. If California State University San Marcos is not listed, please use as the recipient email address.
        • If you select to mail your transcript, all official transcripts must delivered in sealed envelopes to the address below.
        • Office of Admissions and Recruitment
          California State University San Marcos
          333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
          San Marcos, CA 92096
          ATTN: EngiBeering

    *Official transcripts from foreign institutions MUST be sent through postal mail.


    Certificate Program Total Units Unit Rate Total Tuition Costs*
    Basic EngiBeering 28 $250 $7,000
    Advanced Brewing Science 28 $250 $7,000

    *Semester fees not included. View complete breakdown of Extended Learning fees.

    All quoted tuition rates are based on previous academic years and are subject to change without notice.

    Funding and Financial Aid

    • Visit the Extended Learning funding page or call 760-750-4850 to learn more about your funding options
    • Active duty military, veterans and dependents should visit the military services page or call 760-750-8705

    View course descriptions and specific program requirements on the Basic EngiBeering Certificate Catalog Page and the Advanced Brewing Science Catalog Page

    CSUSM offers three options for taking courses in EngiBeering.

    Certificate Program Courses (units)

    1: Take One or All Courses Open to Public

    ENGB 300 (2)

    ENTR 400 (3)

    2: Apply for the Certificate in Basic EngiBeering

    ENGB 300 (2)
    ENGB 301 (1)
    ENGB 310 (3)
    ENGB 350 (3)

    Elective - choose one:
    ENGB 351 (3)
    ENTR 400 (3)
    ENGB 401 (3)

    3: Apply for the Certificate in Advanced Brewing Science*

    Prerequisite: Certificate in Basic EngiBeering


    ENGB 351 (3)
    ENTR 400 (3)
    ENGB 401 (3)
    ENGB 490 (2)
    ENGB 500 (3)
    ENGB 501 (3)

    Elective - choose any additional ENGB course at the 300 or 400 level

    *One of the first three courses will have been taken in the Basic EngiBeering program, so those three units are not included as part of this certificate

  • FAQ

    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help.

    Who are the instructors for this program?

    Paul Sangster, Co-founder of Rip Current Brewing
    Award winner in every category of brew competitions, master judge rank in beer judge certification and former leader of QUAFF and Society of Barley Engineers.

    Kyle Adams, General Manager at Prohibition Brewing Company
    Over 10 years of brewing management experience on multiple systems ranging in size from a five-gallon home brew system to a 300-gallon Premier Stainless automated system.

    Gwen Conley, Director of Quality Assurance at a brewery for nine years
    Recognized author in the field of sensory analysis of beer with eight years of teaching experience.

    James Jancovich, Associate Professor in the CSUSM Department of Biological Sciences
    Classically trained microbiologist with experience teaching microbiology, sterile technique and sanitation, microbial growth and fermentation science.

    James Petti, Head Brewer, VP and Co-Owner of Wavelength Brewing Co.
    11 years brewing industry experience, including tasting room management, bottling line, brewing, consulting and new brewery design/setup. Worked for various breweries including Port Brewing and Karl Strauss, and handled all production at Wavelength.

    Mike Stevenson, Co-Owner and Head Brewer at Culver Beer Company
    Many years of international and local experience in the brewing industry.

    Jacqueline Trischman (Program Director), Professor in the CSUSM Department of Chemistry and Biology
    Experience in the study of the chemistry of hops, bacterial fermentation on an industrial scale, and teaching chemistry to non-science majors.

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