SUNY Morrisville, Minor in Cannabis Studies Overview

SUNY Morrisville, Minor in Cannabis Studies Overview

In this article we’ll breakdown a summary SUNY Morrisville’s Minor in Cannabis Studies, look at potential career options and look at the ranking of the university.

Summary of Program

SUNY Morrisville is “extremely excited to be at the forefront of educating students on the cannabis industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors of the horticulture/agriculture industry in New York State and nationwide”, states their official website.

SUNY Morrisville vegan offering a Cannabis Industry minor in the 2019 fall semester.

One of the first of its kind in New York State, “the minor provides students a vast understanding of the cannabis industry by combining portions of our agricultural science, horticulture and business programs. It also allows students the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest, including cannabis botany, production and processing techniques, and marketing capabilities and evaluations.”

As SUNY Morrisville also continues to be “pioneers in the revitalization of industrial hemp in New York State, similar teaching concepts will be implemented into the 15-credit Cannabis Industry minor curriculum. Hemp plants, which are very similar to the marijuana plant but lack the levels of THC that cause psychoactive effects, will be used to study cultivation techniques.”

Learning will take place year-round, thanks to the indoor growing capabilities at our Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) Greenhouse featuring various hydroponics systems, as well as at our certified organic Four Seasons Farm. Their Horticulture Center “also features a wide variety of amenities, including tissue culture labs and grow rooms.”

While being open to all students, “the Cannabis Industry minor aligns perfectly with students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in horticulture, agriculture and natural science.”

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 manager

Potential Salary: $55,000 – $70,000

Marijuana lobbyist

Potential Salary: $65,000 – $80,000

Marijuana policy advocate

Potential Salary: $45,000 – $65,000

Ranking of University

According to USNews.com, SUNY Morrisville is ranked:

  • #29 in Regional Colleges North
  • #9 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • #17 in Top Public Schools

Course Overview

Below is the full official course overview:

Ready. Set. Grow!

SUNY Morrisville is extremely excited to be at the forefront of educating students on the cannabis industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors of the horticulture/agriculture industry in New York State and nationwide.

After launching a special project learning opportunity during the Spring 2019 semester that explored the growing methods of cannabis, SUNY Morrisville will begin offering a Cannabis Industry minor in the 2019 fall semester.

One of the first of its kind in New York State, the minor provides students a vast understanding of the cannabis industry by combining portions of our agricultural science, horticulture and business programs. It also allows students the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest, including cannabis botany, production and processing techniques, and marketing capabilities and evaluations.

As SUNY Morrisville also continues to be pioneers in the revitalization of industrial hemp in New York State, similar teaching concepts will be implemented into the 15-credit Cannabis Industry minor curriculum. Hemp plants, which are very similar to the marijuana plant but lack the levels of THC that cause psychoactive effects, will be used to study cultivation techniques.

Learning will take place year-round, thanks to the indoor growing capabilities at our Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) Greenhouse featuring various hydroponics systems, as well as at our certified organic Four Seasons Farm. Our Horticulture Center also features a wide variety of amenities, including tissue culture labs and grow rooms.

And best of all, hands-on instruction will be taught by our expert faculty members, including the lead professors of our hemp program, Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, assistant professor of agricultural science, and Kelly Hennigan, associate professor of horticulture and chair of the Division of Animal & Plant Sciences & Agricultural Business

While being open to all students, the Cannabis Industry minor aligns perfectly with students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in horticulture, agriculture and natural science.

1 Comment

  • Elena Bey
    June 4, 2020

    Master grower and dispensary manager are really lucrative options to expand career in medical cannabis/marijuana industry. However, for the dispensary manager, one must have a clinical background and certification. For being a master grower, you really need to have green hands because cannabis is so dependent on geography. No wonder Lebanon and Afghanistan have an extra added benefit of owning grounds suitable for growing very high quality of cannabis. Now there are many cannabis schools which is good to know too. If I have a choice, I would be a 420 cannabis cultural festival event manager. That sounds fun too!

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