Cannabis Studies

Undergraduate 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 development, and formulation research 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 Pharmacognosy (3 credits)
BPS 314 Cannabis Therapeutics (3 credits)
*Prerequisite to all other courses

Summer 2024 Dates

4/2Application Deadline
5/7Classes Begin
$588Tuition per credit *Based on 2023 rates and subject to change
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)
  • One letter 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
“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

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Stephanie Forschner-Dancause, Ph.D.
URI College of Pharmacy

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