Colorado State University to offer marijuana degree

The state has approved the school’s request to launch a bachelor’s of science degree program in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry this fall

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Colorado State University will offer a bachelor’s of science degree program in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry this fall.

CNN reports the state approved the school’s request to start offering the program through the department of chemistry at the Pueblo campus. Students can choose between a natural products track focused on biology and a chemistry-focused analytical track. There will also be courses in math, physics and geography.

A proposal described the program as a “pro-active response” to the changing landscape around cannabis in the United States. CSU says potential career paths for graduates could be government jobs in the areas of food science, agriculture and environmental sciences in the private sector.

“Educating students who are capable of understanding cannabis science is required for the industry in all its aspects to be effective and safe for the consumer,” the proposal said.

CSU expects more than 60 students will be enrolled in the major over the next four years.

Since Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014, the state has brought in more than $1 billion in tax, license and fee revenue and marijuana sales have surpassed $6.5 billion.

In 2017, Northern Michigan University began offering a four-year undergraduate degree in Medicinal Plant Chemistry. Several schools across Canada also offer courses in the cannabis field.

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