Undergraduate Certificate in Cannabis Chemistry

As the cannabis industry continues to grow, there's an increasing need for professionals with expertise in the testing and regulation sector. Wayne State's Certificate in Cannabis Chemistry will take students for a deep dive into the fundamentals of separation science, laboratory techniques and protocols, research ethics and regulation of the cannabis industry. This unique certificate prepares students for careers in cannabis testing and regulation, including both CBD and THC-a growing field both locally and nationally.


This certificate program teaches students the fundamentals of analytical chemistry, separation science, laboratory safety, the cannabis industry and laboratory research for jobs in the cannabis testing industry. Our 15-credit hour curriculum combines lecture and laboratory courses with a seminar course with invited speakers and a research laboratory experience. Together, these courses teach laboratory theory and skills that can be used in any testing facility united with an emphasis on cannabis and its related compounds.

Undergraduate certificate programs are open to Wayne State students who have completed at least 60 credits and have a GPA of 2.5 or above. The program also is open to students who have previously earned a bachelor's at Wayne State or another institution.

Important: Occupations such as medical lab scientists require a large degree of specialization. The cannabis chemistry certificate can serve as a solid foundation for further training and coursework.

How to apply

Current student

If you're a current Wayne State student, contact your academic advisor to express interest in joining the program. 

Not a current student

If you're a Wayne State alum or have a bachelor's from another accredited institution, apply to Wayne State as a post-bachelor student and select "Undergraduate Certificate in Cannabis Chemistry" as your planned course of study on the second page of the application.

Apply as a post-bachelor applicant

Next steps

Once accepted to Wayne State, a chemistry advisor will reach out to you with the next steps.

Getting ahead ⚗️

Amid the growing cannabis industry, Assistant Professor Andrea Matti discusses how Wayne State's cannabis chemistry certificate meets the market demand for professionals with expertise in the testing and regulation sector. 

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.