Cannabis Science and Operations

Cannabis Science

Bachelor of Applied Science
Offered in the Classroom & 20% Online
Program of Study

The Cannabis Science and Operations BAS degree provides a comprehensive, robust curriculum that equips graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to gain employment in the emerging cannabis fields through diverse coursework and practical experience. 

The Cannabis Science and Operations Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program (a total of 120 credit hours) offers a flexible upper level 60-credit hour degree designed specifically for students who have earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution in related areas. 

Combing a mix of core chemistry and biology curriculum with applied cannabis-related courses this program offers graduates over 400 hours of hands-on experience in state-of-the-art instrumentation labs.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply chemistry and microbiological concepts to implement quantitative analysis of cannabis-related products and contaminants. 
  • Apply safe practices in cannabis-related laboratories and industrial facilities. 
  • Develop techniques in cannabis cultivation, extraction, and separation. 
  • Apply statistical data analytics and research methodologies to draw conclusions, and debate topics related to cannabis legalization, usage, benefits, effects, and social equity. 
  • Communicate ideas effectively to a defined audience utilizing tips for effective visual and oral presentation. 
  • Enhance their employability skills and build a record of work and hands-on experience. 

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD’s Excel Zone.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers approximately 20 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program. 

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles, and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience. 

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Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for financial aid. Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Part of the Cannabis Science BAS program is an internship that provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program.  

Job Outlook & Salary Information

Thirty-four states have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis, eleven of which have legalized adult, recreational use. As of the 2019 Cannabis Jobs Count, legal cannabis has created 211,000 full-time jobs in the United States of America, 64,000 of which were added in 2018. 

Increasing the legitimacy and legality of medicinal plants nationwide and in Colorado has created a great demand for qualified technical personnel. 

Possible Job Titles for Program Graduates:

  • Laboratory Manager/Technician
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Cannabis Extraction Manager/Technician
  • Formulation/Process Development Scientist
  • Research and Development Scientist
  • Cannabis Cultivation Scientist
  • Cannabis Regulatory Manager
  • Field Application Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist