May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Cannabis Chemistry Major, B.S.


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The Cannabis Chemistry curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive background in the fundamentals of the science and technology related to the hemp and cannabis industries. With the growing abundance of products on the market containing cannabidiols (CBD’s), there is a shortage of scientists with the specific background and training required to serve the needs of the industry and consumers. The quantity and quality of ingredients in products containing cannabidiols (CBD’s) can be best controlled through the use of proper growing technique, proper extraction education, and proper use of the appropriate analytical equipment.

The Cannabis Chemistry program will prepare students for work in chemistry, natural products and other scientific fields. This BS program is designed for students with an interest in immediate employment in QA/QC jobs but will also prepare students advancing to graduate studies. The program meets the criteria for American Chemical Society certification of the degree. The recommended course sequence appears below. In all cases, students will choose specific courses in a concentration after consultation with departmental advisers.

The Wilkes Cannabis Chemistry BS program meets the standards for approval by the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists. Students who complete the BS program are certified with the American Chemical Society at graduation.

Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence


Total Credits: 15


Total Credits: 16


Total Credits: 17


Total Credits: 17


Total Credits: 14


*courses offered in alternate years

Sixth Semester


Total Credits: 16


Seventh Semester


Total Credits: 15-16


*courses offered in alternate years

Eighth Semester


Total Credits: 14-15


Students with an interest in attending graduate school in Chemistry programs are strongly encouraged to use their free elective credits in order to complete MTH 212 - Multivariable Calculus  (4 Cr) as an additional course in the fifth semester, and also replace CHM 355 /CHM 357  (5 Cr) with the two-semester course sequence in physical chemistry CHM 351 /CHM 353  (4 Cr) and CHM 352 /CHM 354  (4 Cr) in the seventh and eighth semesters.

Total Credits: 121 to 123


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