Studying Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) at Brock University means you are part of a professional and friendly community. Professors, senior lab demonstrator, academic and admission advisers are accessible and available to answer your questions and help you in your learning experience.

Small class sizes maximize the interactions with the instructors and among students. Most courses have lab components where students acquire hands-on experience, which is also applied and developed during the 3 co-op terms.

In 2005, students launched the Society of Good Cheer to expand their personnel development in wine tasting. Alumni and OEVI students gather monthly for structured tastings.

Please contact the OEVI Academic Advisor Steve Trussler at strussler@brocku.ca for more information about the programs.

Programs

Honours Bachelor of Science in Oenology and Viticulture

Brock University, through the Department of Biological Sciences, offers an undergraduate program that leads to an Honours BSc in Oenology and Viticulture. This Program is designed to meet the growing needs of the grape and wine industries of cool climate regions. The aim of the program is to provide a comprehensive scientific education as well as practical skills in Oenology and Viticulture together with exposure to marketing, tourism and wine appreciation. Since “wine begins in the field and ends in the glass”, our graduates will be trained to work in the vineyard and the winery or may become owners and operators of vineyards and wineries. A unique feature of this program is its strong base in biotechnology which has been used for centuries in fermentation and the making of bread, wine and cheese. It encompasses the scientific disciplines pertaining to the grape and wine industry such as sensory science, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, plant physiology and environmental biology. The program can enable our graduates to pursue higher education in any of these disciplines.

The Oenology and Viticulture Program considers industry experience to be an essential part of our students’ preparation. In order to gain that experience all students must complete three Co-op work terms. Each student is required to do at least one work term in a vineyard setting and one at a winery during the harvest and crush. The remaining work term may be in any approved aspect of the grape and wine industry.

These work terms will be paid positions within the grape and wine industry. The primary goal of the Oenology and Viticulture Co-op Program is to arrange and monitor placements within the Canadian industry. However, suitable international work terms may be used to meet the program requirements. In addition to the current fees for courses in academic study terms, Co-op students are assessed administrative fees.

Students can also participate in Intern Experience work terms consisting of an approved program of industry activity. Each provides an opportunity for the student to participate in aspects of the industry, a variety not available during the longer Co-op work placements. Intern Experiences are not program requirements but students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to gain a wider range of industry experience.

For more information consult the OEVI Academic advisor Steve Trussler at strussler@brocku.ca and visit the Brock University Co-operative Programs site.

For admission from high school, the normal requirement is an average of 80 per cent on six credits including 1 mathematics (minimum 70 per cent), 1 Chemistry (minimum 70 per cent) and 2 from Biology, Physics or another Mathematics.

Students may apply for admission to Year 2 of the Oenology and Viticulture program upon completion of Year 1 of an appropriate science program. An average of at least 70 per cent for OEVI major courses and 60 per cent for non-major courses is required. Contact the Coordinator of Experiential Learning for more information.

For more information on the OEVI program and links to course descriptions see the appropriate section in the Brock University Undergraduate Calendar.

Certificate in Grape and Wine technology

The Certificate in Grape and Wine Technology provides the opportunity for individuals with an existing science degree to gain the training necessary to enter the grape and wine industry or for industry personnel to upgrade their knowledge. All courses meeting Certificate requirements would be directly transferable to the Degree Program.

Students will be admitted to the Certificate Program who:

  • have completed an undergraduate degree in biological sciences or chemistry or some related area (e.g., biotechnology, biochemistry, food science, agricultural science, etc.) or
  • are admissible to the University with relevant work experience in the grape and wine industry.

Students must maintain a minimum 70 per cent average of the required and additional courses listed below to continue in the certificate program. The certificate is awarded upon completion of 5.0 credits with a minimum 70 per cent overall average. This can include up to 1.0 transfer credits.

Graduate Programs in Oenology and Viticulture

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs focusing on topics in Oenology and Viticulture are available through the Department of Biological Sciences and the Centre for Biotechnology. For more information on Graduate Studies at Brock University see the current Graduate Studies Calendar.

The OEVI program is one of the most supported Brock programs as far as scholarships are concerned. Scholarships, awards and bursaries are based on academic merit but also financial needs.

An example is the Jackson-Triggs scholarship awarded annually to two students, one from eastern Canada and one from western Canada, entering the Oenology and Viticulture degree program.

A search for scholarships available to OEVI students can be done through the Awards Search page.

To request information on transferable credits, please contact Gail Higenell at ghigenell@brocku.ca

Institutions

Canadian

Okanagan College
A Memorandum of Understanding exists between Okanagan College and Brock University that provides for:

  • A degree completion whereby Okanagan College students who have completed one or two years of an appropriate BSc program may enrol in Brock’s OEVI undergraduate degree program.

Niagara College
Provisions exist whereby graduates of the Niagara College Winery and Viticulture Technician Diploma program and who have achieved a minimum average of 80 per cent may be admitted to OEVI programs with advanced standing.

International

Lincoln University – Canterbury, New Zealand
A Memorandum of Understanding exists between Lincoln University and Brock University that provides for:

  • A student exchange program that permits the reciprocal exchange of undergraduate students and
  • The exchange of both faculty and staff for teaching or research.

Etablissement National d’Enseigement Supérieur Agronomique de Dijon (ENESAD) – Dijon, France
An Exchange Agreement exists between ENESAD and Brock University that provides for:

  • A student exchange program that permits the reciprocal exchange of undergraduate students and
  • The exchange of faculty for teaching and/or research.

Università degli Studi di Udine – Udine, Italy
An Exchange Agreement exists between the Università degli Studi di Udine and Brock University that provides for:

  • A student exchange program that permits the reciprocal exchange of undergraduate students and
  • The exchange of faculty for teaching and/or research.

Eastern Institute of Technology – Napier, New Zealand
An Exchange Agreement exists between the Eastern Institute of Technology and Brock University that provides for:

  • A student exchange program that permits the reciprocal exchange of undergraduate students and
  • The exchange of faculty for teaching and/or research.

Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Changins / Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale – Nyon, Switzerland
An Exchange Agreement exists between the Eastern Institute of Technology and Brock University that provides for:

  • A student exchange program that permits the reciprocal exchange of both undergraduate and graduate students (MSc level) and
  • The exchange of faculty for teaching and/or research.