Colorado School Will Offer a Cannabis Major

Colorado State University’s Pueblo campus will offer a bachelor's of science degree program this fall in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry.

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Colorado State University’s (CSU) Pueblo campus will offer a cannabis-centered major this fall.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education announced on Friday that it approved CSU’s bachelor's of science degree program in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry, which will be the state’s first cannabis-related degree program.

“It’s a rigorous degree geared toward the increasing demand coming about because of the cannabis industry,” a Colorado State dean David Lehmpuhl told the Denver Post. “Hemp and marijuana has really come to the forefront in a lot of economic sectors in the country.”

According to CNN, the program will be a facet of CSU-Pueblo’s department of chemistry. Students will be able to choose one of two tracks —a natural products track with an emphasis on biology, or an analytical track that focuses on chemistry. Graduates will be able to work at cannabis-or-hemp-related businesses, or in related industries such as environmental science or agriculture.

According to Colorado’s Department of Revenue, cannabis sales in the state exceeded $6.56 billion between 2014 and 2019, and generated just more than $1 billion in revenue.

"This industry is helping grow our economy by creating jobs and generating valuable revenue that is going towards preventing youth consumption, protecting public health and safety and investing in public school construction," Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said in a 2019 statement.