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Medicinal Plant Chemistry

Learn with Minot State
As a medicinal plant chemistry major at Minot State, you’ll be part of the only program in the state and one of only two four-year medicinal plant chemistry programs in the nation.

While completing coursework in chemistry, biology, physics, math, and a capstone research project, you'll earn valuable laboratory experience focusing on the separation and analysis of compounds from plants. You will learn the theory, skills, and techniques necessary to pursue a career in cannabis chemistry, beer and wine chemistry, pharmaceutical analysis, food science, and more.

Consider a medicinal plant chemistry profession
According to Forbes magazine, the legal medicinal cannabis industry is projected to grow from $52 million in 2017 to $2.5 billion by 2027. As of 2023, medicinal cannabis is legal in 44 states and D.C., and many states, including North Dakota, and fully legalized in 21 states. This has created a huge demand for skilled analysts to test not only the potency of plants and products, but to check for harmful contaminants, like heavy metals and pesticides.

As craft brewing continues to grow, so does the need for analysis of beer's most complicated ingredient, hops. Wine chemistry is another rapidly growing field as enthusiasts seek to know more about the flavor profile and composition of their favorite wines. With a medicinal plant degree, the career possibilities are endless.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, agricultural and food scientists earn a median pay of $74,940 per year.

Offered: On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your medicinal plant chemistry degree

Our facilities
As a chemistry major, you and Minot State faculty have access to a variety of instruments for use in classroom and research projects, including:
  • Liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer (LC-MS)
  • Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer (MP-AES)
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR)
  • Tissue culture facilities

Know before you go
While our unique major provides many opportunities and learning experiences, there are a few things our program does not include:

  • The growing of plants. Locally grown industrial hemp and commercially available standards will be used in lab settings.
  • An easy degree. This program is just as rigorous as other traditional chemistry.
Experienced faculty
Chemistry faculty members at Minot State are highly-qualified instructors and published researchers. They are eager to help you focus your undergraduate studies and research activities to meet your future education and career goals.
Employment outlook
According to the 2021 Leafly Jobs Report, the legal cannabis industry now supports 321,000 workers across 37 states and D.C., with 77,000-plus jobs created in 2020. Year-over-year growth showed that the cannabis sector created jobs at a faster rate than almost any other American industry.

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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