Associate of Applied Science in Enology
Missouri State University-West Plains
The Associate of Applied Science in Enology degree offered by the West Plains campus of Missouri State University is a program of study that focuses on the making of wine. This program is available to students in a hybrid format. Hybrid refers to students taking courses in the online format as well as the traditional on-campus and in classroom formats. An Associate of Applied Science degree is specifically intended to help a student gain the skills and knowledge needed to acquire entry-level positions in the field in which they have studied, in this case winemaking. This program focuses specifically on developing a students skills relating to the science and technology of winemaking and has the ultimate goal of helping graduates of this program gain entry level employment at wineries or to own and operate their own winery.
This program covers scientific topics such as establishing and managing the scientific processes inherent in the modern winery. In addition, Business topics are taught through practical field experiences help students learn about the principles of managing a winery through all the processes. The business concepts include marketing, distributing, and business transactions. In addition to the Associate of Applied Science program, the West Plains campus of the Missouri State University also offers a Certificate in Enology, which focuses on the core Enology courses offered in the Associate of Applied Science program.
A student must take and complete 65 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Associate of Applied Science in Enology. This includes general education requirements. Though this program is specifically intended to help students gain employment and therefore focuses mainly on applied skills and knowledge, it is important to learn competencies in other subjects so as to build a foundation of critical thinking and analysis skills. A student must take 31 credit hours of general education courses, which cover the subjects of English, Computer Science, Business, Communications, Biology, Mathematics, Political Science, Physics, and an Interdisciplinary course. The Enology Core requirements include courses such as: Winery Sanitation, Introduction to Wine Microorganisms, and Wine and Must Analysis.
Degree Level: Associate
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Missouri State University’s West Plain campus is a two-year, open admissions institution of higher education that is part of the Missouri State University system. The campus is located in West Plains, Missouri, which is about 100 miles southeast of Springfield. Missouri State University - West Plains started out in July of 1963 as Southwest Missouri State College. After becoming Southwest Missouri State University - West Plains, it eventually consolidated with what would become Missouri State University.
Students can pursue associate’s degrees and certificates. Missouri State University - West Plains also offers many of its courses in an online format, so that students who are non-traditional can maintain a busy schedule while pursuing their degrees or certificates in a hybrid format.
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