Course Overview

Cannabis is a widely used psychoactive substance, yet scientists are only beginning to understand its impact on human health and behavior. This course will expose you to cutting-edge biological and psychological research related to cannabis (i.e., marijuana). By completing this course, students will develop critical thinking skills and learn how cannabis use intersects with neuroscience, physical and mental health, and social policy.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the science behind cannabis, identify compounds of the plant, including terpenes and strains.
  • Distinguish quality cannabis products for safety and efficacy.
  • Recognize indications and contraindications of cannabis therapeutics.
  • Evaluate the impact of cannabis policy and law from a historical and global perspective.
  • Describe contemporary social movements and the role of social equity and social justice in cannabis legalization.
  • Identify myths of cannabis and explain stigma and misconceptions behind cannabis.

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 180

Format: Online

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate and has taken Biology and Chemistry course in high school.

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail

Cost: $1,995
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – Online3-Week Session I: Monday, July 8 – Thursday, July 25, 2024MTWTh;
6 – 8 p.m.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

A laptop is required to take this course.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

The course will run MTWTh from 6 – 8 p.m.

Faculty Bios

Dr. Junella Chin

Dr. Junella Chin has specialized in integrative medicine for over 15 years. Through her work, she has created medical cannabis protocols for the industry and internationally accepted methods for cannabinoid formulations, research, education, and training programs. She is currently the Vice Chairperson for the Cannabis Advisory Board for the New York State Office of Cannabis Management.

Her training includes Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California, Medical Acupuncture at Harvard University, and research at Columbia University, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Women‘s Health. She is the author of Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness. Her work has been featured in Forbes, LA Times, CNN, Good Morning America, among others.