Associate of Applied Science in Enology

What type of work would I do if I studied enology?

Enology involves the making of wine. Those who study enology develop skills in the science and technology of winemaking and would seek employment at wineries or would have the skills to own and operate their own winery.

What type of degree would I earn?

Students would earn an Associate of Applied Science in Enology degree from Missouri State University-West Plains. Topics of study for the degree include establishing and managing the scientific processes inherent in a modern winery. Classroom and practical field experiences focus on providing the underlying principles of managing a winery through each process, from receiving grapes to marketing the end product.Students also can choose to complete a certificate program in enology. While the associate degree combines general education courses with practical experience, the certificate program focuses on just the practical experience required for enology careers.

Why should I major in enology?

Winemaking has become one of the fastest growing industries in the state of Missouri. In 2007, Missouri had 1,400 acres devoted to grape production worth $3,380,634 in value, and 86 wineries producing 1,077,875 gallons of wine, according to the National Association of American Wineries.

What salary can I expect to earn with this degree?

Faculty within this degree program estimate that, in the private sector, a winemaker managing a 15,000-gallon winery in the Midwest can expect to start at a $35,000 salary. Experience and incentives would increase that salary. A winemaker could improve his/her salary if he/she also would manage a vineyard. The combined job could have a salary of $60,000.

Enology (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Enology is designed to prepare students for a career in wine making. This academic guide is based on the 2021-2022 Missouri State University–West Plains Catalog. The time to complete the degree will vary, depending on the degree option taken, remediation, summer enrollment, number of classes taken per semester, etc.

General Education Requirements Credit Hours
BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIO 111 Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry 1
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology 3
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
MTH 100 Intermediate Applied Algebra or higher (Except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics or MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization) 3
Physics: Select three (3) credit hours
  • PHY 100 Survey of Physics with Laboratory  OR
  • VIN 106 Physics for the Wine Industry
Civics: Select three (3) credit hours
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877  OR
  • HST 122 US History Since 1877  OR
  • PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship
Communications / Writing II: Select six (6) credit hours
  • COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
  • MGT 286 Business Communications
General Education Total 30
Enology Requirements Credit Hours
VIN 110 Introduction to Wine Microorganisms 3
VIN 146 Introduction to Enology 3
VIN 148 Winery Sanitation 3
VIN 160 Winery Equipment Operation 2
VIN 246 Intermediate Enology - Harvest/Crush 2
VIN 247 Intermediate Enology - Post Harvest 2
VIN 257 Fall Wine Production Internship 3
VIN 259 Cellar Operations Technology 2
VIN 266 Sensory Evaluation 3
VIN 268 Wine and Must Analysis 3
Chemistry: Select VIN 105; or CHM 116 and CHM 117
  • VIN 105 Molecular Principles of Grape and Wine OR
  • CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry AND
  • CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab
VIN Elective: Select a minimum of two (2) credit hours
  • VIN 111 Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard OR
  • VIN 211 Integrated Pest Management OR
  • VIN 293 Soils for Viticulture
Enology Total 32
Enology (AAS) Degree Credit Hours
Total Hours Required 62

Students are strongly encouraged to confirm the transferability of individual courses to other institutions prior to enrollment. Not all courses will transfer or satisfy specific degree requirements for bachelor degrees