Meet Sarah Taylor, Beal University Program Director for Cannabis and Medicinal Plant Sciences
She is passionate about bringing critical thinking back to the classroom
BANGOR — Sarah Taylor is a plant biologist with a background in agriculture, horticulture and arboriculture. Joining the faculty at Beal University in 2022, Sarah holds MS and BS degrees in Biological Sciences from California State University-Fullerton. During her graduate studies, she completed her thesis on the diurnal and seasonal variations of non-structural carbohydrates in the chaparral shrub Malosma laurina. Sarah’s undergraduate thesis focused on testing a new method for in situ measurement of stem hydraulic conductance in intact plants.
In addition to her teaching experience at Beal, Sarah has taught college level courses at other institutions. She was a lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences at Long Beach City College and the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University-Fullerton.
Sarah has done a variety of work in research, quality control, regulatory affairs, science communication and consulting. She served as Senior Director of Research and Development at DPH Biologicals (formerly known as Douglas Plant Health). Previously, she held various positions with the crop protection and nutrition company Growth Products Ltd. Sarah is also an ISA Certified Arborist (2016).
As Program Director of Beal University Medicinal Plant and Cannabis Science Programs, Sarah focuses on the power of herbal medicines to treat many incurable diseases, especially those involving systemic inflammation. In 2022, she made significant updates to the Medicinal Plant Science and Cannabis curricula to make them more balanced and relevant to a rapidly changing industry.
Explosive growth brings new opportunities
At a time of rapid growth in the plant science sector, particularly in the legal cannabis industry, Sarah says now is the perfect time for prospective students to consider a degree in the field. The continued decriminalization of cannabis reflects the fact that people are seeking more control over their own lives and health. Moreover, the economy is entering an era of reinvention, and cannabis is one of the main catalysts. As such, the cannabis industry is one of the few places where small businesses are poised to thrive. The industry has done a good job overall in including the voices of various stakeholders in the development of policies and legislation. Additionally, the cannabis plant itself is multifaceted and can be used to make medicine, fiber, and food, in addition to being used recreationally with far fewer health risks than more established, such as tobacco and alcohol.
At Beal, Sarah leads a cannabis program that is truly unique from those at other institutions. The BS in Medicinal Plant Science is particularly unique, combining a broad science base with a specific plant science curriculum, cannabis-specific material, and a focus on critical thinking and communication. Both AS degree programs in Cannabis Science and Cannabis Business Administration are industry-informed from the first step. The program is approved and reviewed annually by various industry practitioners. All three programs are carefully designed to meet the needs of today’s students and their potential employers.
Beal University is an accredited university that offers master’s, bachelor’s, associate’s, and diploma degrees in an environment that values small classes, individualized attention, and hands-on experience. Founded in 1891, Beal University prepares students for careers in fields such as nursing, health and biomedical sciences, cannabis sciences. medical assistance, addiction counseling, welding, business, etc. To learn more, visit Beal.edu.