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VMW101 General Viticulture
Introduces grape growing. Covers botany, fruiting and rootstock cultivars; anatomy and physiology; history and distribution of grapes; vine classification; world growing areas, including latitude, climate and soils; and common diseases and pests. F, W, Sp
3 Credits

VMW105 Spanish in the Vineyard
Covers practical Spanish terms and phrases specific to viticulture work. Surveys cultural information about Spanish speaking people. Includes pronunciation, technical vocabulary, greetings, and basic grammar. W
3 Credits

VMW114 Winter Vineyard Practices
Surveys winter vineyard management practices. Covers training, pruning, propagation, bench grafting, and simple trellis designs. Prerequisite: VMW101 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

VMW115 Spring Vineyard Practices
Surveys spring vineyard management practices. Focuses on preparing a vineyard site for planting, spring canopy management and other site issues. Covers pest and disease control. Prerequisite: VMW114 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
4 Credits

VMW116 Summer Vineyard Practices
Surveys summer vineyard management practices. Covers planting, training of young vines, disease and weed control, canopy and vineyard floor management, and nutritional applications. Prerequisite: VMW114 and VMW115, both with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Su
4 Credits

VMW117 Fall Vineyard Practices
Surveys fall vineyard management practices. Focuses on harvest practices, harvest contracts, and ripening parameters. Compares different ripening characteristics for a variety of clones and rootstocks. Covers fall canopy management, disease problems, and weather effects on ripening. Prerequisite: VMW114, VMW115, and VMW116; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C of better.) F
4 Credits

VMW122 Introduction to Winemaking
Surveys the history of wine, wine grape varieties, and world wine regions. Covers the annual cycle of vine growth and berry ripening; wine grape processing practices; and fermentation of wines. Examines the winemaking practices used for white, red, sparkling, and dessert wines. Introduces the application of sensory science to wine quality evaluation. Reviews wine and health issues. W
3 Credits

VMW131 Wine Appreciation
Introduces wine appreciation. Includes grape varieties, wine types, sensory distinctions, food and wine combinations, and the sensory evaluation of wines. F, W, Sp
3 Credits

VMW132 Wines of the World
Introduces wines and the wine producing regions of the world. Focuses on viticultural practices and winemaking styles. Covers the influence of wine on literature, history, the economy and religion. Prerequisite: VMW131 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Student must be 21 years of age. W
3 Credits

VMW134 Wines of the Pacific Northwest
Focuses on the viticultural regions of the United States Pacific Northwest and the sensory evaluation of representative wines. Emphasizes knowledge of the winemaking history of the area. Promotes a basic understanding of the wines of the regions. Prerequisite: VMW131 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F
3 Credits

VMW170 Selling and Marketing Wine
Explores the marketing and selling of wine in Oregon. Introduces concepts and topics useful to winery and vineyard owners/managers, with a focus on direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing personnel, such as tasting room and wine club managers. Sp
3 Credits

VMW198A Independent Study
Use of the college learning contract provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered as needed
1 Credits

VMW198B Independent Study
Use of the college learning contract provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered as needed
2 Credits

VMW198C Independent Study
Use of the college learning contract provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits

VMW198D Independent Study
Use of the college learning contract provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Offered as needed
4 Credits

VMW222 Science of Winemaking
Focuses on the scientific principles of wine production. Covers the physiology of grape berry development and wine grape processing. Stresses wine microbiology; the chemical composition of juice and wines; wine stabilization and clarification; fining and filtration; maturation; aging; and bottling. Prerequisite: VMW122; MTH095 (or higher); CH110, or CH121, CH122 and CH123, or VMW223; VMW101; VMW122; and VMW131; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) W
4 Credits

VMW223 Fundamentals of Chemistry for Winemaking
Introduces the fundamentals of chemistry for students majoring in Wine Science. Examines the interrelationships of chemistry in winemaking. Covers matter and atoms; bonding; molar concepts; chemical equations; solutions and solubility; acids, bases and salts; oxidation-reduction; chemical equilibrium; carbohydrates and proteins; and introduction to organic chemistry and functional groups common in wine. Placement into MTH111 (or higher); or completion of MTH095 (or higher); or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) Offered as needed
5 Credits

VMW224 Chemical Analysis of Must and Wine
Introduces vineyard and winery laboratory practices. Covers basic chemical principles, laboratory techniques, and analytical procedures for musts and wines. Prerequisite: CH123 or VMW223, either with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Su
4 Credits

VMW232 Sensory Evaluation of Wine Varietals
Reviews sensory evaluation procedures. Focuses on wine varietal evaluation through sensory methods. Covers major worldwide wine varietals, distinguishing wine styles and blending wines. Identifies wine defects. Prerequisite: VMW131 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
3 Credits

VMW233 Sensory Evaluation of Wine Components
Stresses sensory evaluation of wine components. Surveys the most important components commonly found in table wines. Emphasizes identification of components through tasting a series of wines which have been constructed to show the effects of steadily increasing the amount of the component in a wine. Prerequisite: VMW222 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
3 Credits

VMW244 Wine Production
Focuses on wine processing practices and quality control management. Demonstrates harvest and pre-fermentation processing decisions. Covers equipment operation, maintenance, sanitation and safety. Examines juice analysis, additions, selection of wine microorganisms, and managing fermentations. Covers post fermentation management practices, managing malolactic fermentation, and new wine analysis. Prerequisite: VMW224 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F
6 Credits

VMW245 Wine Clarification and Stabilization
Focuses on wine processing practices and quality control management. Covers physical, chemical, and microbial stabilization of new wines, including tartrates, proteins, oxidation, reduction, color and phenols, microbial stability, use of fining agents, and causes and corrections of wine defects. Prerequisite: VMW244 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
4 Credits

VMW246 Wine Aging, Filtration, and Bottling
Focuses on wine processing practices and quality control management. Covers wine transfer methods and wine filtration using pad, diatomaceous earth, and membrane filters, aging and barrel storage, bottling practices and equipment, and required wine analysis.VMW245 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
4 Credits

VMW254 Winery Process Planning and Design
Focuses on winemaking systems, winery operations, utilities and equipment. Covers process technologies and systems used in wineries, winery design and layout. Stresses regulatory issues in planning and operating a winery and work place safety. Prerequisite: VMW222 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Sp
3 Credits

VMW260 Vineyard Nutrition and Irrigation Management
Introduces basic principles of soil science. Emphasizes grapevine mineral nutrition and the relationship of water and soils. Covers soil conservation and improvement. SU
3 Credits

VMW261 Vine Physiology
Introduces the anatomy, physiology and growth habits of grapevines. Covers plant processes responsible for patterns of growth, yield, and fruit quality in wine grapes in the context of common viticultural practices. W
4 Credits

VMW262 Vineyard Pest Management
Covers the identification and management of all relevant pests, diseases, and weeds in vineyard systems. Develops pest monitoring and decision-making skills for vineyard management. Investigates integrated pest management approaches, including cultural, biological, chemical, and other methods. Reviews relevant pest management regulations. Sp
4 Credits

VMW280A Wine Studies Internship
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum.
1 Credits

VMW280B Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
2 Credits

VMW280C Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
3 Credits

VMW280D Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

VMW280E Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
5 Credits

VMW280F Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
6 Credits

VMW280G Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
7 Credits

VMW280H Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
8 Credits

VMW280I Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
9 Credits

VMW280J Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
10 Credits

VMW280L Wine Studies Internship
Assist students in finding an internship at a business, or agency for on-the-job training and experience related to instruction in student’s program of study. Field experience is supervised by college instructors. See program advisors. F, W, Sp, Su
12 Credits

VMW290 Wine Studies Capstone
Provides the opportunity to demonstrate organization and leadership in a guided learning project. Promotes the application, further development, and deeper understanding of learned skills and techniques in Wine Studies program. Improves project management skills. Promotes career-readiness. Prerequisite: VMW222 with a grade of C or better; and must be in the last term of Vineyard Management and/or Winemaking program. Instructor approval required. Sp
4 Credits