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Hemp Industry and Science


Learn the Scientific and Technical Requirements

to Develop Hemp Products

100% Online: Concentration in Hemp Industry and Science

A concentration in Hemp Industry and Science is available to all programs.

Concentration Highlights:

  • Improve your job readiness by learning additional skills necessary in today’s workplace, while working towards your undergraduate degree.
  • Concentrations appear on your transcript and diploma so future employers know what skills you’ve acquired.
  • One-on-one academic and professional advising Our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality.
  • Unity College is an accredited institution by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time.
  • Make professional connections with leaders in your field. 
  • Get job placement assistance through our career development department.
  • Eight start dates per year

To obtain this concentration, complete the following courses:

  • HEMP 201 Law, Society, and the Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD Industry

    The 2014 and 2018 U.S. Farm Bills have progressively legalized hemp (Cannabis sativa) cultivation, generating tremendous interest in food, oil, and fiber products. In this course, students will gain a broad-based understanding of the industry from seed to sales and explore the legal and regulatory environment and challenges facing the cannabis, hemp, and cannabidiol (CBD) industry today and in the future. Discussions will focus on history, regional regulations, cultural implications, and research into the uses, products, and growth of the cannabis, hemp and CBD industry in the U.S. and abroad.

  • HEMP 203 The Science of Hemp and CBD Processing

    Do you know the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil? The difference between cannabis and hemp? How to extract CBD oil and store it? In this class, students will learn the scientific and technical requirements to develop hemp products, including plant growth requirements, oil extraction, and textiles. Topics include hemp seed germination, differences in genetic strains, oil types and different extraction processes, and technical requirements for processing and creating products, including space, cost, and storage requirements.

  • HEMP 301 Hemp Products, Production Systems, and Distribution

    Having been cultivated for over 10,000 years, cannabis is one of the oldest agricultural crops in history. These tall, hardy plants were grown by early humans for rope, seed, oil, and fabric. These plants were selectively bred for industrial purposes, and have evolved into the type of cannabis we now know as hemp. Students will study the different products created from hemp, the technical requirements for oil extraction and processing, and distribution challenges and potential. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the costs, challenges, and benefits of each product and the market niche, along with the development of socially sustainable hemp businesses. Students will create business plans that demonstrate an understanding of the science and technical needs for a variety of hemp-based products.