Community College of Denver Launches New Cannabis Science & Operations Degree

Community College of Denver (CCD) has launched a Cannabis Science and Operations Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS). The new program is the first of its kind in the state and is designed to prepare a workforce of technical experts in the field of cannabis, which is the fastest-growing industry in the United States.

Created in close collaboration with dozens of cannabis industry partners, this new program offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree while learning about plant genetics, cultivation, extraction, manufacturing, analysis, pharmacology, and human health effects of cannabis.

“We are proud to introduce this science-based program in the state that has pioneered the rapidly evolving cannabis industry,” said Dr. Marielena DeSanctis, President of Community College of Denver. “CCD’s focus is on helping potential entrepreneurs and workers gain the knowledge and skills they need to start a business or obtain a career that will provide a stable, high-paying job.”

In addition to classroom work, students will gain more than 400 hours of hands-on experience with cannabis extraction equipment and analytical instrumentation. Students finish the program with two opportunities to demonstrate their skills to future employers: A custom internship allows students to gain real-world work experience, and a capstone project allows them to demonstrate their technical knowledge of the industry.

“With a BAS in Cannabis Science and Operations, and an AAS in Cannabis Business, CCD is positioning its graduates at the forefront of the cannabis industry in the state and across the nation,” said Dr. John Frost, faculty and chair for CCD’s Cannabis programs. “Graduates of CCD’s BAS program will leave with a comprehensive and robust understanding of applied cannabis science and technical operations.”

This new program is offered primarily in-person, with about 20 percent of the classes for this degree being offered in an online format. Students need to have earned 60 credit hours or an associate degree to enter the program. While the BAS program was designed to stack on CCD’s AAS in Cannabis Business, individuals with other associate degrees will be accepted as well.

This program is now registering for the spring semester, which begins on January 18, 2022. Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify.

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Community College of Denver (CCD) is a leading point of entry to higher education for the city and county of Denver. CCD provides cost-effective, high-quality college education, along with access and opportunity for non-traditional students, workforce development, training resources for local organizations, and community partnerships. CCD is a federally funded Hispanic Serving and designated Military Friendly Institution. Learn more at