Students at a Michigan university might have to do a double-take when they look over the school’s degree options. After all, what college lets someone major in marijuana studies?
But that’s exactly what Northern Michigan University is offering as part of a four-year bachelor of science program. It doesn’t seem like a fit for the classic stoner stereotype, however.
Technically, the program is called “Medicinal Plant Chemistry,” and it combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance classes into one course study. There’s even specialized entrepreneurial and bio-analytical tracks for students who want to focus on the business or scientific aspects of the degree.
“No one is growing marijuana. No one is violating and state or federal laws,” NMU Board of Trustees member Steve Mitchell told the Free Press. “But there are a lot of plants that can be studied.”
And knowledge of those plants can help students one day work with medicinal marijuana to treat a variety of illnesses from cancer to anxiety disorders.
Dr. Mark Paulsen, director of the university’s chemistry department, told the paper that the program is growing.
“We’re gaining students every week,” he said. “With a full 12 months of recruitment, we expect that to grow.”