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Hemp Industry and Science

Build Your Own Hemp Business

Learn where to get started in an industry that is so new.

Be One of the First!

Now is the time to establish yourself in an industry that is on the rise.

Become an Innovator

Did you know hemp is a possible sustainable resource that could replace plastics? The industry is full of opportunities!

Navigate Your Business as the Industry Grows

As more businesses enter into the hemp industry, learn how to separate yourself from the crowd.

Be One of the First to Break Into the Hemp Industry

The hemp industry offers new and exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs. By 2022, it is projected that hemp will be a $2 billion industry in the United States, and it’s more than just CBD. Hemp can be used as a sustainable alternative for clothing and plastics, and businesses have only begun to explore its uses.

Through our B.S. in Sustainable Business Management: Hemp Industry and Science, you’ll learn the legal aspects of growing hemp and cannabis, how hemp products are produced and distributed, and how to create a sustainable business of your own.

Hemp Industry and Science Highlights:

  • Learn the practical and professional business skills needed to understand and run your own hemp product business. 
  • Taught by business professionals who have real-world experience in the hemp industry
  • Relevant courses such as: Law, Society, and the Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD Industry, The Science of Hemp and CBD, and Processing Hemp Products, Production Systems, and Distribution.
  • It’s taught 100% online from America’s Environmental College, a fully-accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Learn from the experts in sustainability. For us, sustainability isn’t just an add-on. We’ve been educating environmental professionals for over 50 years.

Sustainable Business Management Degree Highlights:

  • One-on-one academic and professional advising Our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality.
  • Unity College is an accredited institution by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • Learn traditional business skills and become a leader in the sustainability movement by studying with leaders in sustainable business practices from across the country.
  • Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time.
  • Get professional skills training by doing an additional concentration in Emergency Disaster Management, Environmental GIS, or Wildlife Ecology.
  • Make professional connections with leaders in your field.
  • Get job placement assistance through our career development department.
  • Eight start dates per year
  • Easily transition into one of our M.S. in Professional Science degrees or our Sustainable Master of Business (MBA).

Job Outcomes of the online B.S. Sustainable Business Management Degree: Hemp Industry and Science

Industrial hemp has many applications in food, fiber, and medicinal products. The U.S. Farm Bill (2018) legalized hemp cultivation, which provides new employment opportunities in farming, plant processing, entrepreneurship, product development, and supply chain management. Business professionals with specific industry know-how can pursue careers such as Product/ Business Development Specialist, Inventory Controller/ Manager, Logisticians, Compliance Managers, Farm Owner / Managers, Sales Managers, and Entrepreneurs. Jobs in this sector are expected to grow significantly over the next decade:

Product / Business Development Specialist

Projected 10-year growth:

+ 6%

Median Salary:



Marketing Strategist

Projected 10-year growth:

+ 23.2%

Median Salary:




Projected 10-year growth:

+ 5%

Median Salary:



Sales Manager

Projected 10-year growth:

+ 5%

Median Salary:



General Manager

Projected 10-year growth:

+ 9.2%

Median Salary:



Source: Burning Glass Technologies. “Labor Insight™ Real-Time Labor Market Information Tool.” Updated March 11, 2020.

Sustainable Business Management Degree requirements:

A minimum of 120 earned credit hours, 30 credits earned at Unity, and an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0. For all degree requirements, download the Unity College Sustainable Business Management Completion Degree Checklist​ or the Unity College Distance Education Course Catalog.

Hemp Industry and Science Courses:

HEMP 201 Law, Society, and the Cannabis, Hemp, and CBD Industry

The 2014 and 2018 U.S. Farm Bills have progressively legalized hemp (Cannabis sativa) cultivation, generating tremendous interest in food, oil, and fiber products. In this course, students will gain a broad-based understanding of the industry from seed to sales and explore the legal and regulatory environment and challenges facing the cannabis, hemp, and cannabidiol (CBD) industry today and in the future. Discussions will focus on history, regional regulations, cultural implications, and research into the uses, products, and growth of the cannabis, hemp and CBD industry in the U.S. and abroad.

HEMP 203 The Science of Hemp and CBD Processing
Do you know the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil? The difference between cannabis and hemp? How to extract CBD oil and store it? In this class, students will learn the scientific and technical requirements to develop hemp products, including plant growth requirements, oil extraction, and textiles. Topics include hemp seed germination, differences in genetic strains, oil types and different extraction processes, and technical requirements for processing and creating products, including space, cost, and storage requirements.
HEMP 301 Hemp Products, Production Systems, and Distribution
Having been cultivated for over 10,000 years, cannabis is one of the oldest agricultural crops in history. These tall, hardy plants were grown by early humans for rope, seed, oil, and fabric. These plants were selectively bred for industrial purposes, and have evolved into the type of cannabis we now know as hemp. Students will study the different products created from hemp, the technical requirements for oil extraction and processing, and distribution challenges and potential. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the costs, challenges, and benefits of each product and the market niche, along with the development of socially sustainable hemp businesses. Students will create business plans that demonstrate an understanding of the science and technical needs for a variety of hemp-based products.

Sample Sustainable Business Management Courses:

EVPC 305 Building a Better World: Ethical Decision-Making

Ethical decision making is essential for leadership, and since most decisions leaders make have an ethical dimension, the ability to discern the ethical implications requires a set of skills that are informed by ethical philosophy. This course provides students with strategies, tools, and techniques to make ethical decisions by considering the ethical issue and the people involved, develop a strategy, and implement the most ethical action possible. Through the use of case studies, students will develop their ethical awareness, learn to distinguish difficult decisions from real ethical dilemmas, and practice deliberating effectively about a variety of ethical issues drawn from social and professional contexts.

EVPC 401 Transformational Leadership

In this course, students explore strategies needed to become effective instruments of change. Students will examine themselves as leaders, learn how to create meaningful relationships as a leader, and understand the role of leadership within complex systems. By using case studies from a variety of organizational contexts such as business, government, non-profit, community, and education, students explore concepts of organization behavior and culture, consensus building, and project management to lead effective change towards environmental sustainability. This course is designed to empower and prepare students to become leaders in any profession.

COMM 303 Communicating to Stakeholders

This course teaches students how to communicate real-world issues and problems for a just end. Students will learn how different modes of communication such as storytelling can be used as an effective way to communicate an organization’s mission and builds empathy for its cause. Students will learn how to craft values-based communications to persuade stakeholders to support for social justice issues such as sustainability, environmental law, and wildlife conservation. Students will learn concepts and skills to build public support for their organization’s mission, strategic initiatives, and fund-raising activities. This course will develop skills in written, visual, and oral communication.

ENVS 301 Building Sustainable Communities

This course explores the range of planning and development processes associated with creating sustainable communities including issues around land use, transportation, ecological planning, green design in the built environment, resource utilization in the critical areas of water and energy consumption, climatic factors that influence sustainable community planning, and how sustainable community planning contributes to livability and economic resilience.

ECON 301 The Economics of Sustainable Development

This course introduces students to the economics of sustainable development, focusing on the policies and constraints to promoting economic growth and development. Students will learn to apply fundamental economic principles to development, environmental, and natural resource issues. Subjects could include benefit-cost analysis, policy design, ecological economics, market failure, externalities, non-market valuation techniques, and cost-effective policy instruments.

FINC 301 Environmental Accounting

Environmental accounting is increasingly being used in business and government to support the development of sustainable global solutions and government policy. Students in this course will learn how environmental accounting can show how different sectors of the economy affect the environment and how environmental policy affects the economy. The course will cover what environmental accounting is and why is it useful to business, how can environmental accounting help decision-making, what are key policy questions in relation to accounting, and what are the practical considerations professionals need to address to make environmental accounting an enduring reality for business and governments around the world.

FINC 401 Financing a Sustainable World

Since business plays an important role in developing environmental financial solutions for future generations, this course considers how the tools of finance can address environmental challenges and how market processes can be used to ensure long-term sustainability. Students will learn an overview of business financial management, with an emphasis on financial statement analysis, management of cash flow, risk and return, and sources of finance. Upon completion, students will be able to interpret and apply principles of financial management to develop sustainable business solutions.

MGMT 201 Understanding the Sustainable Business Landscape

This course introduces students to business with a focus on an organization’s environmental and social impact. Students will learn about the basics in corporate social responsibility, supply-change management, finance, and non-financial reporting and accounting. Students will obtain knowledge about how small businesses and corporations integrate corporate social responsibility models in order to identify new markets and opportunities, communicate with their stakeholders, compete in a global marketplace, and address social and environmental sustainability expectations and requirements.

MGMT 301 Creating a Healthy Hive: Starting Your Own Sustainable Business

Are you interested in starting your own business? Do you want to grow your current business? In this 5-week experience, you will work with Roxanne Quimby, founder of Burt’s Bees, and Sarah Lozanova, a sought-after sustainable business consultant, to be inspired and engaged in finding ways to jumpstart your own business. Ms. Quimby will be available for several live call-in Q&A sessions throughout the course, and will award start-up grants to the business plans that have the most promise!

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MGMT 303 Strategic Management for Social Change

This course introduces students to strategic management through case analyses and provides students with the tools to consider the basic direction and goals of an organization, the environment (social, political, technological, economic, and global factors), industry and market structure, and organizational strengths and weaknesses. The course emphasizes the development and successful implementation of strategy in different types of organizations across industries. With a focus on non-profit, students will put themselves in the shoes of top management and make important, “Big Picture,” decisions. Students will learn skills to analyze complex business situations and present findings both orally and in writing. Finally, students will learn how to develop strategies to promote social change and the sustainability movement.

MGMT 403 Global Supply Chain Operations: Greening Your Business

In this course, students will learn how to integrate global logistic, purchasing, operations and market channel strategies. The course covers the fundamentals and logistics of network management, consisting of network suppliers, manufacturers, warehouses, distribution centers, wholesalers, and retailers. This course develops the student’s understanding of the design, control, and operation of supply chains through the lens of sustainability management.

MGMT 405 Using Data for Sustainable Business Decisions

This course introduces students of sustainability management to the data analysis techniques and statistical methods that are indispensable to sustainable business management. Students learn how to use statistical information in the context of evaluating environmental issues. Possible topics will include environmental monitoring, impact assessment, environmental valuation techniques and analyses of sustainable development.

MKTG 301 Environmental Marketing and Branding

As businesses become more aware of the need to be sustainable, being green will be the future, and professionals need to help companies with marketing sustainable business practices. This course covers an overview of concepts and techniques related to marketing opportunities, strategies, communication, and effective marketing campaigns within the context of sustainability. Through case studies, students will analyze marketing strategies, plans, and decisions. Students will also explore why environmental marketing is a key aspect in business today.

EVPC 490 Transdisciplinary SBM Capstone

The Capstone course is the culminating course for students in Unity College bachelor’s degrees. In this course, students will develop a project that deals with a real issue and produce a final artifact reporting the project’s findings. During this process, students will demonstrate and apply learning from their degree program and their ability to communicate to a broad audience. The course will also cover other important topics that support a student’s career development and goals. All projects will be workforce-related products that students can use for their current or pitch to a future employer.

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