Cannabis Studies Certificate

Cannabis Studies Certificate Requirements

(6 credits)

Complete the following courses:
SOC 142The Legal & Policy Dimensions of Cannabis1.5
BIO 102The Biology of Cannabis1.5
BUS 150The Business of Cannabis1.5
SOC 143From Plant to Profession: Practical Skills & Applications1.5
Total Credits6

Courses and Descriptions

SOC 142 The Legal & Policy Dimensions of Cannabis 1.5 Credits

In this course, you will learn about drug policy in the United States through the lens of cannabis. Theoretical and empirical arguments for, and consequences of, prohibition, and legalization will be considered with special attention to race, class, and gender. Opportunities and challenges springing from recent legal reforms and a rapidly expanding legal industry will be considered using a variety of cultural, legal, and academic sources.

BIO 102 The Biology of Cannabis 1.5 Credits

In this course, you will learn about many aspects of the biology of cannabis, including botany, genetics, growth techniques, strain selection, and health benefits. Emphasis is placed on current methods in the marijuana industry to help legal growers and professionals understand best practices for cultivation, management, and medicinal use. Current literature and sources will be discussed.

SOC 143 From Plant to Profession: Practical Skills & Applications 1.5 Credits

Put your new cannabis knowledge to use in real world settings! In this final skills-based course of Rider’s Cannabis Studies certificate, you will expand on the initial knowledge you've obtained through completing Rider's foundational courses in business, biology, and the law. You will learn directly from key experts in the field, whose knowledge about key trends in the cannabis industry will prepare you to explore unmatched opportunities to enter the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. Content will expose students to cannabis horticulture, science, clinical practice, and legal compliance to prepare them to enter into a variety of cannabis industry positions.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 142, BIO 102, and BUS 150.

BUS 150 The Business of Cannabis 1.5 Credits

In this online course, you will learn about trends and best practices in the business operations of the cannabis industry. Emphasis will be placed on financial strategies, marketing, customer service, and the regulatory environment.