Printed on 9/27/2021

Laboratory Science - Food

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

*If general education courses are required, they 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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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.

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Applied Microbiology

    • Instructional Hours: 108
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10007174
    • Credits: 4.00

    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)
  • Food Laboratory Science Theory

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10506121
    • Credits: 2.00

    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

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10506125
    • Credits: 1.00

    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)
  • Math for Laboratory Science

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10804124
    • Credits: 3.00

    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)

Expected Competencies

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