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Laboratory Science - Food

20-506-3 Certificate (C) 10 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

This certificate will prepare you for an interesting, entry-level position in a food laboratory, or help you enhance your current lab skills in this field. You’ll learn about food processing and food safety, along with a review of math concepts used in the lab and an introduction to microbiology. Prerequisite: Laboratory Science Introduction certificate


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Applied Microbiology
This survey course includes the structure, function, ecology, nutrition, physiology and genetics of microorganisms in industrial, agricultural, food and medical microbiology. It also includes an introduction to standard techniques and procedures in the microbiology laboratory.
Prerequisites: General Biology (10806114); General Chemistry (10806134)
Food Laboratory Science Theory
Learn principles of laboratory work unique to food processing and food safety. HACCP and biosecurity principles will also be covered.
Prerequisite: Beginning Laboratory Science (10-506-101); General Chemistry (10-806-134); Corequisite: Food Laboratory Science Lab (10-506-125)
Food Laboratory Science Lab
Perform experiments unique to food processing and food safety. Techniques currently used in the food industry to measure food characteristics or food properties will be done in the laboratory.
Prerequisite: Beginning Laboratory Science (10-506-101); Corequisite: Food Lab Science Theory (10-506-121)
Math for Laboratory Science
Provides a basic math review of mathematical tools used in laboratory work including exponents, scientific notation, logarithms, units of measurement and equations including unit conversions. This course also provides instruction in the use of proportional relationships to solve a variety of practical laboratory calculation problems, dilution calculations used in chemical and microbiologic laboratory work and graphical methods of data analysis including linear and exponential relationships. This course also provides instruction in laboratory statistics including variance, standard deviation, coefficient of variation and methods of displaying statistical values.
Prerequisite: College Mathematics (10-804-107) or Intro to College Math (10-804-106)

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