Cannabis Studies

Certificate Program

Asynchronous Online | Seven-Week Program | Flexible | Complete in 2 Semesters

The Undergraduate Certificate in Cannabis Studies is taught by world renowned faculty and experts in areas including medicinal plants, natural product chemistry, biosynthesis, microbiology, and formulation research and development in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industry.

Students will access state-of-the-art equipment for cannabis chemistry analysis and testing of cannabis related products through virtual laboratory experiences. Students will also be provided with a unique online learning advantage, applying knowledge from URI’s College of Pharmacy to the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

Courses include:
BPS 206 Foundations of Cannabis Studies (3 credits)*
BPS 316 Cannabis Product Development (3 credits)
BPS 312 Cannabis Chemistry and Pharmcognosy (3 credits)
BPS 314 Cannabis Therapeutics (3 credits)
*Prerequisite to all other courses

Spring 2023 Dates

11/29Application Deadline
1/10Classes Begin
$566Tuition per credit

Admission Criteria

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Submission of transcripts (college or high school/GED)
  • Show completion of the recommended general science coursework (basic H.S. level or above)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV and personal essay (300-500 words) discussing:
    • Interest in the cannabis field
    • Relevant work experience
    • Reasons for applying to the online program at URI
    • Professional goals, as well as plans for achieving these goals

Due to federal regulations, students cannot be enrolled in the cannabis certificate program while simultaneously enrolled in another academic program at URI.

“The skills developed through the certificate program will prepare students for the evolving and expanding cannabis industry. Students who complete the certificate will be highly competitive in several areas of the cannabis industry.”
Navindra Seeram, Ph.D., Professor, Department Chair, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy

The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Learn more about continuing education credits.


Get in touch.

Program Coordinator
Stephanie Forschener-Dancause Ph.D.
URI College of Pharmacy

URI Online Student Support Center
401.874.5280