Cannabis Science (Microcredential)

Program Description

Understand the science driving New York’s emerging cannabis industry! This Cannabis Science microcredential provides you with the fundamental knowledge to assure quality control in the production of cannabis and related products. You will also consider product development and in an innovative capstone project will design a plan for a new creation. Successful completion prepares you to apply for positions as a cannabis/hemp grower, quality control technician, product technician or in cannabis sales. This microcredential can also prepare professionals seeking to add cannabis products to their existing business.

Micro-credential stacks into SUNY Erie’s Biotechnological Science AAS degree with Cannabis concentration.

Upon completion of the Cannabis Science Micro-Credential, students will be able to:

  • understand the historical significance of cannabis within society;  
  • identify botanical characteristics of Cannabis sativa and other cannabis species;
  • evaluate the legality of cannabis use both in New York state and at the federal level;  
  • understand current medical uses for cannabis, ongoing research, and the basic chemistry of cannabinoids;
  • evaluate non-medicinal uses for cannabis;
  • understand extraction techniques and various Cannabis extracts;
  • identify methods for infusing cannabis into medicinal and recreational products;
  • understand techniques for analyzing Cannabis products;
  • evaluate research and development opportunities and Cannabis’ future; and
  • create a capstone project in BT 242 Cannabis Production that will allow the student to formulate a cannabis product idea and detail the testing and regulation that would go along with that product in New York State.

Courses can be taken in an online learning format.

Program Details

Campus: North, Online

High school degree or HSE (High School Equivalency)