Basic Chemistry for Winemakers

Has your lack of chemistry and science background kept you from pursuing your dream of being a winemaker? Or did you take chemistry so long ago that your science training is only a distant memory? Then this course is for you. Designed as a prerequisite for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Winemaking Certificate Program, this course provides an introduction to the basic tenets of general, organic and biological chemistry and serves as a foundation for understanding the science behind the winemaking process.

Winemaking involves much more than just general physical chemistry. As a product of grapes, wine is a complex solution of ethanol, organic acids, phenols, proteins and more. In this 13-week, online course, you will receive an introduction to basic chemistry topics and areas of organic and biochemistry not usually covered in typical single-semester college chemistry, including:

  • Elements
  • Molecules
  • Bonding
  • Chemical reactions
  • Acids and bases
  • Organic compounds
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • Metabolic pathways
  • Wine chemistry topics

This course is based on the 2019 edition of Karen Timberlake’s text General, Organic and Biological Chemistry: Structures of Life. Your enrollment fee includes a subscription to the publisher’s “Mastering Chemistry” tool, which will provide each student access to the e-text, as well as an online practice, feedback and assessment forum.

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Basic Chemistry for Winemakers - Winter 2024 Jan 2 Enroll Now