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Laboratory Science Technician

10-506-4 Associate Degree (AAS) 61 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

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

Put on your safety glasses, gloves and lab coat. Laboratories are looking for technicians who are able to assist with basic research and product development. In this program, you can gain the necessary skills for positions in food testing, water, wastewater treatment, environmental and industrial laboratories. You will perform experiments, operate and maintain equipment, make observations and document your results. You will also learn technical writing, laboratory math and project management skills so you’ll be well prepared for the workplace.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Technical Studies (39 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
MS Office Suite, Introduction
10-103-120
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Provides an opportunity to gain technical skills employers are seeking, by using the features in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Through hand- on course work, students will be able to integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Beginning Laboratory Science
10-506-101
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Introduces the learner to beginning laboratory concepts and procedures. Emphasis will be on general laboratory safety, basic laboratory equipment utilization and calibration techniques. An introduction to scientific inquiry will be addressed. Proper techniques in documentation as it relates to quality control in verification of a quality system will be introduced. Concepts in data analysis will be reviewed as it relates to creation of a laboratory notebook.
Prereq: ACPL Read 80+/Sent 83+/Arith 65+, Next Gen Read 263+/Sent 250+/Arith 263+, ACT Read 20+/Engl 18+/Math 18+, HS GPA 2.75 Sent and Arith Only OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103/Arith Prep 10834109 OR Not pursuing a degree
College Success: On Course
10-890-100
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. On Course helps you learn a number of proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional and personal success. You will discover how to create a rich, fulfilling life by developing new beliefs and behaviors. College Success: On Course empowers you to make wise choices in your academic and personal life which leads to improved experiences and outcomes.
Environmental Lab Science Theory
10-506-105
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. This course is a companion to Environmental Lab Science Lab and provides a framework for understanding the interrelationship with our environment. The learner will explore the nature and process of science as it applies to environmental science. The learner will examine environmental public policy, biogeochemical cycles, community ecology, the hydrologic cycle, soil ecosystems, solid waste management and environmental health issues.
Prereq: Beginning Laboratory Science (10506101); Coreq: Environmental Lab Science Lab (10506106)
Environmental Lab Science Lab
10-506-106
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Learner will begin to apply laboratory procedures and the scientific method to the analysis of samples and the performance of simple experiments. Lab techniques: BOD, calibration, dissolved oxygen, dissolved solids, water testing, pathogen testing.
Prereq: Beginning Laboratory Science (10506101); Coreq: Environmental Lab Science Theory (10506105)
Math for Laboratory Science
10-804-124
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereq: College Mathematics (10804107) or Intro to College Math (10804106)
General Chemistry
10-806-134
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. Covers inorganic chemistry and basic organic chemistry. Topics include metrics, problem solving, atomic structure, chemical reactions, solutions and concentrations, ionization, pH and organic compounds.
Prereq: Alg – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 51+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Math 18+ OR Alg Prep 10834109 OR College Tech Math 1 10804115 OR College Tech Math 1A 10804113 OR College Math 10804107 OR Math Common Topics 10804117
Applied Microbiology
10-007-174
4Credit
108
108
108 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereq: General Biology (10806114); General Chemistry (10806134)
Database Concepts
10-152-155
2Credit
72
36
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Uses hands-on exercises and projects to give students experience with using databases for data storage and retrieval. To encourage students to become more sophisticated database users, background information and general relational database concepts are included.
Paper and Packaging Testing Procedures
10-506-112
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Introduces learners to common paper, disposable consumer products, non-woven and packaging industry tests. Practice of qualitative and quantitative chemical tests such as alkalinity and pH, basic strength measurements such as grammage, tensile, stiffness, and burst. Measurement of optical properties such as color, brightness, and opacity, is also practiced.
Prereq: General Chemistry (10806134)
Food Laboratory Science Theory
10-506-121
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Introduces the learner to a broad range of topics in food science and technology. Topics covered will include careers in the food industry, food chemistry, functional properties of the major food components, processing methods, food biotechnology, food engineering, and food product development. An emphasis will be placed on food safety including food microbiology, food contamination, HACCP and toxicology.
Prereq: Beginning Laboratory Science (10506101); General Chemistry (10806134); Coreq: Food Laboratory Science Lab (10506125)
Food Laboratory Science Lab
10-506-125
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. 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.
Prereq: Beginning Laboratory Science (10506101); Coreq: Food Lab Science Theory (10506121)
Advanced Laboratory Science
10-506-103
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Gives the learner the opportunity to explore more complex laboratory procedures encountered in the environmental, medical, biotech, or forensic laboratory to include PCR, spectrophotometry and filtration as it relates to environmental microbiological and chemical analysis. The learner will conduct research, studies and experiments specific to their area of focus.
Prereq: Beginning Laboratory Science (10506101); General Chemistry (10806134)
Instrumentation
10-506-113
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Focuses on the principles, use and care of laboratory instruments. Students will learn how various instruments are used to measure physical and chemical properties, and they will be introduced to calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting for various types of laboratory instruments.
Prereq: Beginning Laboratory Science (10506101); General Chemistry (10806134)
Lab Science Internship
10-506-135
3Credit
216
0
216 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Integrates previous classroom study with specific off campus occupational experiences at selected training sites. An organized plan of experiences built around occupational competencies are planned, supervised and evaluated by the instructor and cooperating business trainer. Instructor consent required.
DNA Science
10-806-176
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. Includes instruction in DNA structure and function as well as application of DNA science to laboratory testing. Students will learn the basic tools and techniques used in the DNA laboratory including DNA restriction analysis, purification and identification of DNA and basic PCR techniques used in many laboratories.
Prereq: General Chemistry (10806134); General Biology (10806114); Applied Microbiology (10007174) or Microbiology (10806197)

General Studies (19 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Written Communication
10-801-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
College Mathematics
10-804-107
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics in the areas of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, measurement and data. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.
Prereq: Arith – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 65+, Next Gen 263+, ACT Math 18+ OR Arith Prep 10834109 OR Not pursuing a degree
General Biology
10-806-114
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. Introduces general biological concepts and principles. Emphasis is on cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and taxonomical relationships. Consideration is also given to diversity among the various kingdoms. This course emphasizes an environmental perspective and is suitable for students in Natural Resources, Early Childhood Education, Laboratory Science, Forensic Science and others interested in environmental biology.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Psychology of Human Relations
10-809-199
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Technical Reporting
10-801-197
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the preparation and presentation of a variety of oral and written technical reports. This course is designed as an advanced communication course for students who have completed at least the prerequisite writing course and a minimum of two semesters of relevant program course work.
Prereq: Written Comm or English Comp 1 with a C or better and a minimum of 24 college credits OR active in UW-O Cert. AODA students have additional coreq of Assessment & Diagnosis of Substance Abuse. OTA students have prereq of Intro to OT.
Introduction to Diversity Studies
10-809-172
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Develops workplace skills needed to work with diverse groups of people. Ethnic relations are studied in global and comparative perspectives. Students examine their biases and gain awareness of differences and common ground shared. The course emphasizes how personal and cultural diversity enhances the effectiveness of work groups.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Employability Strategies
10-890-103
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Designed to ease the student's transition from school to the world of work. The strategies of getting a job and the interpersonal skills needed in keeping it are emphasized. Topics include the job search, employment correspondence, application for employment and job interviewing. These topics are enhanced by mock interviews, individualized job search planning and employment advising, and presentations from human resource personnel.
Think Critically & Creatively
10-809-103
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides instruction in the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives, and more are considered in-depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Introduction to Six Sigma
10-623-194
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Explores the basic concepts needed to implement a Six Sigma approach in an organization. Major course topics include Six Sigma definition; impact of quality on cost, project selection, and definition; and process performance measures and Six Sigma roles.
Problem Solving
10-196-131
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Presents basic problem-solving techniques. Emphasizes the importance of identifying the real problem, identifying the causes, looking at alternative solutions, arriving at a solution and following up to ensure implementation.
Leadership Development
10-196-190
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Covers the supervisor's role in leadership effectiveness. Topics include theories of leadership, development and implementation of teams, impact of leadership style, philosophy of corporate culture and leadership in the global marketplace.
Statistics for Six Sigma
10-623-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Covers tools needed in the measure, analyze and control phases of Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. Confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, statistical inferences and measurement system analysis are examples.

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