Learn the basic laboratory skills you need to be successful in an industrial environmental lab. Your study will include microbiology, math calculations used in lab work, and a broad spectrum of topics related to water and wastewater analysis. You can apply what you’re learning with sample testing and hands-on lab experiments. Prerequisite: Laboratory Science Introductory certificate.
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.
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)
Environmental Lab Science Theory
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
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
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)