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College of Letters and Science Cannabis Science Certificate

Graduate Certificate

TRAINED FOR A GROWING FUTURE

Be among the first in the state to study the myriad properties of a complicated plant in a graduate certificate at UW-Stevens Point. Did you know cannabis has more than 500 chemical compounds? The graduate cannabis certificate will provide participants with fundamental knowledge in the science of cannabis. Gain the knowledge to become a leader in this fast-paced industry!

  • 3 Fully Online Courses over 16 Weeks
  • Flexible Learning on Your Schedule
  • Cutting Edge Program

GET STARTED TODAY!

Request information and start your journey in our 100% online Cannabis Science Certificate program. Our team will reach out to you about booking a session to learn more.

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Why Study Cannabis Science at UWSP?

The legal cannabis industry is a $25 billion dollar market and projected to grow to $45 billion by 2025. For five years in a row, employment in the industry increased by greater than 27 percent with more than 280 new jobs created every day last year (Leafly Jobs Report 2022). Earning your cannabis graduate certificate positions you to secure jobs related to the growth of the market across the U.S. 

Reputation as Research Leaders

Faculty in the UWSP Departments of Biology and Chemistry are immersed in research and passionate about uncovering essential knowledge about cannabis.
Current areas of research include:

  • Phytoremediation of contaminated soils using Cannabis sativa
    – Contaminants include heavy metals and poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances
  • Effects of soil conditions and compost levels on plant growth and phytochemical production
  • Analysis of different feral hemp cultivars
  • Ebb and Flow and Deep Water Culture Hydroponics
  • Cannabis Pathology
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You will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental knowledge about plant horticulture and phytochemistry of cannabis.
  • Learn of environmental implications of using cannabis in phytoremediation.
  • Evaluate various cannabinoid properties for health disorders.
  • Differentiate the plant’s chemical compounds and understand their pharmacological effects.
  • Gain fundamental knowledge of the analytical methods used in cannabis testing facilities.
  • Develop knowledge for future study of cannabis or cultivation for industry needs.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn the scientific research into Cannabis. The plants are capable of pulling up such toxic material. I’m very interested in learning what it can do with PFAS. I want to leave the world a better place so keeping our soils clean is quite a big issue for me.”
Tyler Jolin, Biology major

FAQs

While you are free to apply on your own, many prospective students speak with an enrollment adviser first. Our friendly staff is here to answer your questions and talk with you about your career interests. Contact Nick Schultz, graduate recruitment coordinator, to learn more about next steps to applying.

Graduate students
If you have completed a bachelor’s degree, please select the following on the UW application. You will be applying as a graduate, non-degree seeking student.

  1. Select “No” when the question populates about whether you are seeking a degree.
  2. Select “Graduate” when the question populates about whether you plan to take undergraduate or graduate courses.
  3. Select “UW-Stevens Point” campus and then “Cannabis Science Graduate Certificate.”

Undergraduate students
If you are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree, please select the following on the UW application. You will be applying as an undergraduate, non-degree seeking student.

  1. Select “No” when the question populates about whether you are seeking a degree.
  2. Select “Undergraduate” when the question populates about whether you plan to take undergraduate or graduate courses.
  3. Select “UW-Stevens Point” campus and then “Cannabis Science Graduate Certificate.”

In order to be qualified for the program, students must have completed a college-level introduction to biology AND an introduction to chemistry course (no labs needed). If a student earned an Advanced Placement Biology AND Chemistry score of 3 or 4 within the last three years, they will be qualified for the program. 

Graduate courses offered for the Cannabis Science certificate program cost $650 per credit (online). Cannabis Science students are also charged 50% Segregated Fees and Distance Education Fees.

 

The certificate consists of at least 9 credits:

BIOL 701: Introduction to Cannabis Science: This course will provide a broad introduction to Cannabis Science, including the history of Cannabis cultivation, social and legal controversies surrounding Cannabis, and the many ways in which Cannabis is used.

BIOL 702: Cannabis Biology, Ecology, and Horticulture: This course will cover the anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, and ecology of Cannabis, and a variety of important topics related to growing and harvesting Cannabis successfully.
Prerequisite: BIOL 701 (or concurrent registration)

BIOL 703: Cannabis Phytochemistry: This course will cover the complex phytochemistry of Cannabis, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, and the modern-day techniques used to extract and quantify them.
Prerequisite: BIOL 701 (or concurrent registration)

The industry is poised to make tremendous employment gains when examining the trends in recent years. States with legalized cannabis continue to add jobs at double-digit rates. Legal cannabis supports 428,000 jobs with an outlook of 1.5 million or more jobs in a mature U.S. legal cannabis market. Beyond direct cultivation and laboratory technicians, cannabis industry opportunities would include employment in patient consultation, legal affairs, regulatory compliance, manufacturing, facility maintenance, industry associations, along with the non-cannabis product suppliers.

MEET YOUR FACULTY

Our faculty members are leading professionals in their fields of study and will provide quality and relatable courses with the current curriculum for your Cannabis Science Certificate program.

Ann Impullitti

  • Associate Professor

Shannon Riha

  • Associate Professor

Brian Barringer

  • Associate Professor
  • Chair, Department of Biology
715-346-2452