Basic Chemistry for Winemakers - Winter 2024


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.

Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

Enroll now through January 2, 2024.
Access to your course will be available on the course’s start date.

Enrollment Policies

Refunds for this course must be requested within two weeks after the start date. The refund processing fee is $50. View complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Refund request deadline 1/15/2023.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.