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Diploma (Dip.) Commercial Cannabis (30 credits)

Offered by: Plant Science     Degree: D-CCAN

Program Requirements

The Diploma in Commercial Cannabis focuses on ethical, medical, and legal issues related to the commercial cannabis industry, cannabis medicinal chemistry, contaminants and product development, as well as theoretical and hands-on experience of production, breeding and disease management. The program includes an internship that involves solving a specific problem that the commercial cannabis industry is facing. The program will extend over 12 months.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • FDSC 475 Introduction to Cannabis and Cannabinoids (3 credits)

    Offered by: Food Science&Agr.Chemistry (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Food Science : The chemistry, metabolic pathways of formation, biological activity, and health benefits of phytochemicals in cannabis plants. Extraction, classification, and analysis of bioactive components in cannabis plants.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Corequisites: PLNT 470, FDSC 476, and FDSC 477

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Commercial Cannabis

  • FDSC 476 Contaminants in Cannabis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Food Science&Agr.Chemistry (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Food Science : Basic concepts of various contaminants in cannabis. Sources, basic biology/chemistry, classification and testing, method validation and quality assurance procedures to avoid microbial/chemical contamination.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Corequisites: PLNT 470, FDSC 475, FDSC 477

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Commercial Cannabis

  • FDSC 477 Introduction to Cannabis Product Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Food Science&Agr.Chemistry (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Food Science : Fundamental principles needed to develop new food products from conceptualization through design, formulation and production, as applied to cannabis products. The technical challenges associated with the formulation of cannabis-based products, as well as the considerations for an optimal formulation.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Corequisites: PLNT 470, FDSC 475, FDSC 476

    • Restriction: Only open to students enrolled in the Diploma in Commercial Cannabis

  • PLNT 470 Cannabis Issues and Concerns (3 credits)

    Offered by: Plant Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Plant Science : Local, national and international perspectives on issues and concerns regarding cannabis, with a focus on legal, regulatory, ethical, health and safety aspects relevant to industry, government, academics and consumers.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Corequisites: FDSC 475, FDSC 476, FDSC 477

    • Restrictions: Only open to students enrolled in the Diploma in Commercial Cannabis

  • PLNT 471 Commercial Cannabis Production (4 credits)

    Offered by: Plant Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Plant Science : Botany of the cannabis plant. Climate control for production in controlled environment agriculture: management of temperature, humidity, light, air quality. Production methods and management of irrigation, fertilization, soil and substrates, pests. Propagation, growth, pruning, pinching, harvest, scheduling, processing, storage, quality control, optimal cultivation strategies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Corequisites: PLNT 472 and PLNT 473

    • Prerequisite: PLNT 470

    • All pre-requisites must be passed with a minimum grade of B-

  • PLNT 472 Cannabis Genetics and Breeding (4 credits)

    Offered by: Plant Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Plant Science : Cannabis genetic structure and available genomic resources for cannabis research. Introduction to high throughput genomic technologies for the improvement of cannabis cultivars and hybrids and tissue culture protocols. Origin and taxonomic classification of the cannabis genus. Principles and practices of cannabis breeding, including the importance of quantitative trait locus maps and methods of selection of important genetic traits.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Corequisite: PLNT 471 and PLNT 473

    • Prerequisite: PLNT 470

    • Restrictions: Open only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Commercial Cannabis

    • All pre-requisites must be passed with a minimum grade of B-

  • PLNT 473 Control of Cannabis Diseases (4 credits)

    Offered by: Plant Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Plant Science : Diseases and pest management of cannabis grown under greenhouse and field settings. A systemic approach to descriptions of pests and diseases accompanied by an overview of biological, natural and management solutions to pests and cannabis diseases. Details on products and application methods that are in compliance with Health Canada. Practical laboratory sessions to identify various disease symptoms on cannabis plants and to recommend solutions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Corequisite: PLNT 471 and PLNT 472

    • Prerequisite: PLNT 470

    • Restriction: Only open to students enrolled in the Diploma in Commercial Cannabis

    • All pre-requisites must be passed with a minimum grade of B-

  • PLNT 474 Commercial Cannabis Internship (6 credits)

    Offered by: Plant Science (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

    Overview

    Plant Science : A 12-week internship with a licensed cannabis producer. Workshops in advance of the placement will review professionalism expected when working in industry and with controlled substances. Students will produce a small project or prepare a research paper as part of their internship.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PLNT 473

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Commercial Cannabis.

    • All pre-requisites must be passed with a minimum grade of B-. Students must successfully complete a criminal record check.

Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences—2021-2022 (last updated Sep. 1, 2021) (disclaimer)
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