These days, with more states becoming weed-friendly, you don’t have to be some pothead hanging out in a basement to learn all about growing and selling cannabis. At Northern Michigan University (NMU), you can actually major in it, the Detroit Free Press reports.
This semester, NMU is offering the country’s first four-year degree in weed, schooling students in everything from chemistry and biology to marketing and finance. By the time the first batch of pot majors graduate, they’ll know how to grow the plant, extract its most valuable compounds, and, ideally, make money off it.
According to the Free Press, the 12 students currently enrolled in the major won’t actually get to handle the plant, seeing as recreational use isn’t legal in Michigan. Instead, those majoring in “medicinal plant chemistry” will study other plants—like mint or ginseng—to better understand their medicinal properties.
“When they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, ‘Wow, cool dude. You’re going to get a degree growing marijuana,'” Alex Roth, a sophomore in NMU’s program, told the Free Press. “But