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Cannabis Cultivation and Chemistry Minor

The widespread acceptance of non-intoxicating Cannabis (CBD) and the legalization of recreation THC within Connecticut and large portions of the United States has created new employment and academic opportunities. This program used hands-on and theoretical approaches to train students to cultivate and chemically analyze cannabis or hemp. In addition to instruction in cannabis cultivation and chemical analysis, students can also learn about the related fields of sustainability, public health and policy, plant taxonomy, mycology, genetics, integrated pest management, biotechnology, and data analysis. In addition to employment opportunities, students will be prepared for cannabis-related graduate school opportunities.

Program of Study (15 or 16 Credits)

 

Required Courses (8 credits)

  • BIO 300 Cannabis Cultivation Practicum With Lab
    • prerequisites BIO120 or HSC115
  • CHE 302 Analysis of Cannabis Using Modern Instrumentations With Lab
    • prerequisite CHE210/12 or CHE211/13
  • Choose one course (4 credits)
    • BIO 324 Entomology With Lab
      • prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230
      • Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better
    • BIO 332 Biology of Plants With Lab
      • Prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230
      • Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better
    • BIO 344 General Mycology With Lab
      • Prerequisites: BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 220 and BIO 230
      • Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better
    • BIO 438 Plant Physiology With Lab
      • prerequisites: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230
      • Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better
    • BIO 442 Plant Ecology With Lab
      • prerequisite: BIO 120, 130, 220, & 230
      • Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better
    • CHE 216 Organic Chemistry I With Lab
      • prerequisite: CHE 210-213
    • CHE 320 Quantitative Chemical Analysis With Lab
      • prerequisite: CHE 210-213
    • EES 205/207 Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Energy Laboratory
      • pre- or co-requisite: EES 205 or EES 305
      • prerequisite: LAC student with T1NS or GER student
    • HSC 440 Ethics, Law and Public Health LAC student with T1SS
    • PBH 441 Regulatory Affairs in Public Health
      • prerequisite: none

Minor Elective  (3 or 4 credits)

  • Choose one course:
    • BIO 230 Genetics With Lab
      • prerequisites: BIO 120, BIO 130 with a grade of C- or better
      • pre or corequisites: CHE 210/212 or CHE 211/213. Course may not be taken concurrently with BIO 220.
    • BIO 378 Biological Research and Data Analysis
      • Sophomore standing and permission of instructor
    • BIO 450 Biotechnology With Lab BIO 120, 130, 220, 230
      • Each course must have been completed with a final grade of C- or better
    • CHE 316/17 Biochemistry I and lab
      • prerequisite: CHE 216-217
    • EES 222 Water And Society
      • prerequisite: LAC student with T1SS course or GER student
    • EES 306 Sustainable Buildings
      • prerequisites: EES 205 and EES 207
    • HSC 215 Biology for Health Sciences
      • prerequisite: none
    • HSC 306 Introduction to Health Policy
      • prerequisite: none
    • HSC 408 Principles of Pharmacology
      • prerequisites: HSC 318 and 319
    • MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis
      • prerequisite: LAC student with T1M or GER student with IIIA or SAT 550+
    • PBH 228 Introduction to Public Health
      • prerequisite: none
    • BIO Internship Option, permission needed
    • CHE Internship Option, permission needed

 *Note: 9 unique credits are needed for the minor; Biology majors must pay special attention to ensure that enough unique credits are taken separate from the major.

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For more information

Bryan Connolly
Assistant Professor of Biology
connollyb@easternct.edu
(860) 465-5327

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