Cannabis Studies

Undergraduate Certificate


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.


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

Tuition per credit based on 2024/2025 academic year rates (subject to change): $610


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • College transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
    • Interest in program
    • Relevant work experience
    • Reasons for applying to the online program at URI
    • Professional goals, as well as plans for achieving these goals

Readmission to URI
Applicants who have previously registered for courses at URI as a degree-seeking student are considered readmission and must apply using the Readmission Application. Learn more.

Fall 2024 Dates

7/30Application Deadline
9/3Classes Begin

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“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

Career Opportunities

Advance your career with URI Online.

URI Online’s Cannabis Studies Undergraduate Certificate opens doors to a burgeoning industry with diverse career opportunities. With the cannabis industry’s rapid growth and evolving legal landscape, individuals with this certificate are well-positioned for success in this dynamic field.

Product Development Consultant

Collaborate with cannabis companies to conceptualize, develop, and launch new cannabis products, ensuring compliance with regulations and meeting market demands.

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Regulatory Compliance Specialist

Stays up-to-date on cannabis laws and regulations, develops compliance strategies for businesses, and works with regulatory agencies to ensure adherence to legal requirements.

Policy analysts analyzing business reports.

Cannabis Policy Analyst

Analyzes legislation, policies, and trends, provides insights to policymakers or industry stakeholders, and advocates for regulatory frameworks that promote responsible use and industry growth.

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.

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