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UW-Stevens Point Now Offers Graduate Certificate on the Science of Cannabis

Course topics include an introduction to cannabis science and horticulture of cannabis.

UW-Stevens Point

With the launch of the online Cannabis Science graduate certificate program, UW-Stevens Point is the first institution within the Universities of Wisconsin to offer the opportunity to become a leader in the industry through courses designed and taught by UWSP professors who grow and study cannabis.

This graduate certificate is 100 percent online and provides participants with fundamental knowledge in the science of cannabis. Undergraduate students at UWSP also have the opportunity to complete the graduate certificate concurrently with their undergraduate work, with credits able to count towards bachelor degree completion.

Applications are now open for this fall. Students may enter the program in the fall or spring, with the ability to study part- or full-time and take advantage of the flexibility of mostly asynchronous courses.

“We want to help fill a need in this growing industry not only in Wisconsin, but in surrounding states as well,” said Associate Professor and Department of Biology Chair Brian Barringer. “As a scientist and educator, it’s not hard to notice the number of students who want to be involved and in studying cannabis; this is what spurred our interest in creating this certificate program.”

Program faculty, including Barringer and associate professors Ann Impullitti and Shannon Riha, are part of a larger research collaboration that was recently awarded a $175,000 grant to study the effects of cannabis in removing synthetic, toxic materials from soils.

Course topics include an introduction to cannabis science, the biology, ecology and horticulture of cannabis and cannabis phytochemistry.

Students must have completed both a college-level introduction to biology and introduction to chemistry course to be qualified for the program. Faculty of the program emphasize that the certificate is open to students of all majors and degrees who have an interest in the industry.

The program is the second addition to come out of UW-Stevens Point’s Growth Initiative, an aspect of the university’s strategic plan that has faculty working to create programming that meets the needs of today’s professionals and the global economy.

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