Northern Michigan University Bachelor’s in Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program Overview 

Believe it or not, there are quite a few mainstream universities which offer marijuana-related programs. These includes classes, courses, certificates and full degrees. Below is an overview of one of those locations: Northern Michigan University’s Bachelor’s Degree in Medicinal Plant Chemistry. Although this isn’t exclusively about marijuana, it does play a major role and is directly related to the field.

Summary of Program

“Increasing legitimacy and legality of medicinal plants nationwide has created great demand for qualified technical personnel and great opportunity for the skilled entrepreneur in the cannabis, herbal extract, and natural product industries”, states the degree’s official overview on the college’s website.

“Medicinal Plant Chemistry at Northern Michigan University was the first 4-year undergraduate degree program of its kind designed to prepare students for success in the emerging industries relating to medicinal plant production, analysis, and distribution.”

The required coursework “provides a foundation in chemistry and plant biology, with a capstone research experience involving experimental horticulture and instrumental analysis of natural products, while focus tracks allow students to explore their interests in the relevant areas of business and accounting (Entrepreneurial Track) or advanced topics in chemistry and biology (Bio-analytical Track).”

Potential Career Options

Some potential marijuana-related career options you can expect to be relevant to this course include:

Master grower

Potential Salary: $60,000 – $80,000

Dispensary consultant

Potential Salary: $55,000 – $75,000

Lab technician

Potential Salary: $80,000 – $100,00



Ranking of University

Based on the 2020 edition of Best Colleges, Northern Michigan University is ranked:

  • #76 overall
  • #47 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #59 in Best Value Schools
  • Enrollment: 7,089

Course Overview

Below is the full official course overview:

About the Degree

Increasing legitimacy and legality of medicinal plants nationwide has created great demand for qualified technical personnel and great opportunity for the skilled entrepreneur in the cannabis, herbal extract, and natural product industries.

Medicinal Plant Chemistry at Northern Michigan University was the first 4-year undergraduate degree program of its kind designed to prepare students for success in the emerging industries relating to medicinal plant production, analysis, and distribution.


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What You’ll Learn

The required coursework provides a foundation in chemistry and plant biology, with a capstone research experience involving experimental horticulture and instrumental analysis of natural products, while focus tracks allow students to explore their interests in the relevant areas of business and accounting (Entrepreneurial Track) or advanced topics in chemistry and biology (Bio-analytical Track).

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