The major in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The major is a rigorous, interdisciplinary degree that has solid foundations in both biology and chemistry. In addition, a variety of supporting and general education courses are available to meet a wide range of interests, backgrounds and needs. The Cannabis Biology and Chemistry program prepares students to enter the workforce as scientists or technicians in a wide variety of different laboratories including agricultural and food, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and cannabis.
The Hemp Agriculture concentration leads to a CBC BS degree for those with more interest in agriculture.
- To supply students with the necessary coursework to serve as leaders in an emerging cannabis field, providing a non-biased, science-based approach to problem solving and data collection and analysis.
- To prepare students upon graduation to enter field positions in government or private industry.
- To provide students with the necessary background to successfully pursue graduate study towards a professional career in natural products, plant chemistry or biology, or agriculture.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will understand basic chemical and biological principles applied in these fields and how those principles can be applied to the emerging field of cannabis science.
- Students will understand cannabis physiology and growth, the pharmacological implications, and the practical applications for the industry.
- Students will use contemporary instruments and techniques for studying plant biological and chemical processes.
- Students will develop communication and interpersonal skills to enhance their working relations with co-workers, other professionals, the public and non-governmental organizations.
- Students will develop skills in reading and interpreting the scientific literature and in presenting a synthesis of it accurately in oral and written form.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills using experimental design and the scientific process.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
Assessment of a student's improvement in intellectual skills, knowledge and capacities from entrance to graduation will be accomplished through the use of several tools. Exams and courses assignments will be used as one measure of proficiency in writing skills, acquisition of knowledge, communication, problem solving, and laboratory and field skills. All majors will take a senior seminar course requiring scientific literature interpretation along with oral and written presentations evaluated by peers and department faculty.
Specific Program Requirements
Courses with the following prefixes are online courses through Colorado State University (Fort Collins). These courses can be taken simultaneously through CSU Pueblo and CSU to fulfill coursework in this emphasis.
Specific Core Requirements
This will share the same Core coursework as other Cannabis Biology and Chemistry concentrations.
|BIOL 181||College Biology I/Organismal Bio (GT-SC2)||3|
|BIOL 181L||College Biology I/Organismal Bio Lab (GT-SC1)||1|
|BIOL 182||College Biology II/Cellular Biology (GT-SC2)||3|
|BIOL 182L||College Biology II/Cellular Bio Lab (GT-SC1)||1|
|BIOL 201||Botany (GT-SC2)||2|
|BIOL 201L||Botany Laboratory (GT-SC1)||2|
|BIOL 465||Environmental Toxicology||3|
|CHEM 121||General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)||4|
|CHEM 121L||General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)||1|
|CHEM 122||General Chemistry II (GT-SC2)||4|
|CHEM 122L||General Chemistry Lab II (GT-SC1)||1|
|CHEM 301||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 301L||Organic Chemistry Lab I||2|
|CHEM 302||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 302L||Organic Chemistry Lab II||2|
|CHEM 311||Biochemistry Survey||3|
|CBC 413||Cannabis Physiology & Growth||3|
|CBC 413L||Cannabis Physiology & Growth Lab||1|
|CBC 463||Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacology||3|
|BIOL 171||First Year Seminar||0.5-1|
|or CHEM 170||Academic Orientation|
|BIOL 350||Mendelian and Population Genetics||2|
|BIOL 351||Molecular Biology and Genetics||2|
|MATH 126||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (GT-MA1)||4-5|
|or MATH 221||Applied Calc: An Intuitive Approach (GT-MA1)|
|PHYS 201||Principles of Physics I (GT-SC2)||3-4|
|or PHYS 221||General Physics I|
|PHYS 202||Principles Of Physics II (GT-SC2)||3-4|
|or PHYS 222||General Physics II|
|The following courses are online offerings from CSU Fort Collins|
AREC 300 - Issues in Agriculture
AREC 375 - Agricultural Law
BSPM 102 - Insects, Science, and Society
SOCR 240 - Introductory Soil Science
Note: CHEM 170 + CHEM 370 are equivalent in credit-hours to BIOL 171
Advisor-approved electives (9-11 credits required) - 6 credits must be upper-division coursework
|BSAD 270||Business Communications||3|
|BSAD 302||Ethics in Business||3|
|BIOL 453L||Ecology Field Studies||2|
|CHEM 317||Quantitative Analysis||3|
|CHEM 317L||Quantitative Analysis Lab||2|
|CBC 401||Medicinal Plant Biochemistry||3|
|The following electives are offered online through CSU Fort Collins|
AREC 202 - Agricultural and Resource Economics
AREC 305 - Agricultural and Resource Enterprise Analysis
AREC 310 - Agricultural Marketing
AREC 408 - Agricultural Finance
AREC 428 - Agricultural Business Management
BSPM 201 – Weed Management and Control
BSPM 355A – Horticulture Pathology: General Pathology
BZ 440 - Plant Physiology
HORT 401 – Medicinal and Value-Added Uses of Plant
HORT 410 – Postharvest Biology and Technology
LIFE 220 - Fundamentals of Ecology
SOCR 400 - Soils and Global Change