Cannabis Horticulture

As a burgeoning industry, cannabis provides an untapped well of potential careers. 

The Cannabis Horticulture associate degree program prepares graduates to start their own business, work for a dispensary or grow/extraction operation, or transfer credits to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree!

Through a careful examination of the botany, growing, harvesting, and extraction aspects of a cannabis agribusiness, students will be exposed to all levels of a grow operation.

Legal cannabis is currently the greatest job-creation machine in America. The Leafly Jobs Report found 428,059 full-time equivalent jobs supported by legal cannabis as of January 2022. Last year, the cannabis industry created an average of 280 new jobs per day.

Cannabis is now a 25 billion dollar business in the United States. That’s a 33% increase in jobs in a single year. Annual job growth is greater than 27% for five years in a row.

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Course Code Course Name Credits
CAT188 Irrigation Principles and Practices 3.00
CAT208 Plant Genetics and Breeding 4.00
CAT213 Introduction to Agribusiness 3.00
CAT218 Food and Agricultural Laws and Policies 3.00
CAT228 Plant Harvest and Extraction 3.00
CAT164 Principles of Botany 3.00
CAT178 Soil Fertility and Growing Mediums 3.00
SIT203 Basic Office Software Applications 3.00
MTH145 College Algebra and Trigonometry 3.00
MTH207 Statistics 3.00
ENG108 English Composition 3.00
ENG215 Analytical Writing 3.00
HUM140 Critical Thinking in the Modern Age 3.00
COM108 Communications and Social Interaction 3.00
BUS211 Financial Accounting 3.00
CAT210 Alternative Therapeutic Health Horticulture II 3.00
BIO105 General Biology 3.00
BIO106 General Biology Lab 1.00
CAT108 The Science of Medical Cannabis 3.00
CAT131 Legal Aspects of Alternative Health Therapies 3.00
CAT109 The Politics, History, and Ethics of the Cannabis Industry 3.00
CAT200 Alternative Therapeutic Health Horticulture I 3.00

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:


  1. Interpret the history and legal issues of cannabis in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware compared to other states and recognize the implications of medical legalization and its impact on healthcare.
  2. Differentiate the benefits of medical marijuana and its applications to qualifying medical conditions.
  3. Explore and understand the legal requirements of working in the cannabis industry or consuming cannabis-based health products.
  4. Analyze and assess the research on the medicinal effects of marijuana products.
  5. Compare and contrast various cannabis growing methods and irrigation systems.
  6. Identify opportunities in hemp-based agriculture.
  7. Recognize and apply the tenets of professional, ethical responsibility
  8. Analyze planting techniques to determine the most appropriate strategies specific to the cannabis strain.
  9. Develop a clear understanding of the horticulture and botany associated with cannabis.
  10. Discuss how the laws and policies related to cannabis agriculture have evolved during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Lou Giannotti, RPH

Lou Giannotti, RPH

Director of Cannabis Studies