If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of the cannabis plant, you might start looking at a move to Pueblo, Colorado. On Friday, the town’s Colorado State University campus got the state government’s go-ahead for a cannabis chemistry bachelor’s degree program.
It makes sense that such a program would launch in Colorado, where in 2019 dispensary sales hit a whopping $1.72 billion. That’s a whole lot of cannabis financial pie of which graduates with a cannabis chemistry degree could grab a piece.
But the school is adamant that the establishment of the degree does not mean that they are weed industry boosters.
“Hemp and marijuana has really come to the forefront in a lot of economic sectors in the country,” said dean of science and mathematics David Lehmpuhl. “We’re not pro-cannabis or anti-cannabis. What we’re about will be the science, and training students to look at that science.
The course will feature two tracks — biology and a more analytical chemistry-focused degree. Both will include classes in math, physics, neurobiology, biochemistry, genetics, and analytical chemistry. Administrators say they expect demand for the program to be high — as many as 60 enrolled students after four years of the program.