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Minor in Viticulture and Enology

Through a minor in Viticulture and Enology, students will learn the essential natural history and biology of wine grapes, systems, and technologies of grape and wine production, as well as the basic chemistry of grape and wine analysis. Those interested in pursuing a minor in Viticulture and Enology need to complete at least 14 credits.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and are required to complete at least one college-level course in general biology and one course in general chemistry prior to or concurrent with starting the minor coursework.

All courses must be taken as a letter grade and a “C” or better in each class is required.

Required core courses (10 credits):

  • VIEN 1104 – Wines and Vines Lecture (Fall/Spring, 3 credits)
  • VIEN 1105 - Wines and Vines Lab (Fall, 2 credits)
  • VIEN 2204 – Grapes to Wines Lecture (Fall, 3 credits)
  • VIEN 2205 – Grapes to Wines Lab (Fall, 2 credits)

A minimum of 4 additional credits chosen from the following courses:

  • VIEN 2310 – The Science and Technology of Beer (Spring, 1 credit)
  • VIEN 2360 – Distillation Principles and Practices Lecture (Spring, 1 credit)
  • VIEN 2400 – Wines and Grapes: Composition and Analysis (Fall, 3 credits)
  • VIEN 3200 – Grape Pest Management (Fall, 3 credits)
  • VIEN 3440 – Viticulture and Vineyard Management (Spring, 2 credits)
  • VIEN 4310 – The Science and Technology of Beer Laboratory (Spring, 1.5 credits)
  • VIEN 4360 – Distillation Principles and Practices Laboratory (Spring, 1.5 credits)
  • VIEN 4400 – Wine and Grape Flavor Chemistry (Spring, 3 credits)
  • VIEN 4500 – Winemaking Theory and Practice I (Fall, 2 credits)
  • VIEN 4510 – Winemaking Theory and Practice I Lab (Fall, 1 credit)
  • VIEN 4600 – Wine and Food Fermentations (Spring, 3 credits)
  • VIEN 4700 – Winemaking Theory and Practice II (Spring, 2 credits)
  • VIEN 4710 – Winemaking Theory and Practice II Lab (Spring, 1 credit)

Steps to completing the minor:

  1. Schedule a meeting with the undergraduate coordinator, Marin Cherry (mec345@cornell.edu), to discuss minor requirements.
  2. Complete the Viticulture and Enology Minor Application.  Submit a copy to the undergraduate coordinator and retain a copy for your records. Submitting this application is required for inclusion on the V&E Minor email lists and directory, and students without a submitted application will not be considered pursuing a minor in Viticulture & Enology. We encourage you to complete it as soon as you know you would like to pursue the minor.
  3. Complete the courses required for the Viticulture and Enology minor.
  4. Prior to graduating it is the student’s responsibility to meet with the undergraduate coordinator to confirm completion of the minor prior to May 15.