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Laboratory Science Assistant

31-506-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 38 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

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

Put your love of science to work in a rewarding career. This program will prepare you for entry-level employment in food, water, environmental, wastewater treatment or other industrial laboratory settings. You’ll learn lab procedures as you perform a variety of test projects involving biology, chemistry, DNA science and microbiology. Gain plenty of hands-on experience in the lab, where you will focus on safety and quality assurance.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Occupational Specific (35 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Beginning Laboratory Science
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: ACCPL Reading >= 80 & Sentence >= 83 & Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT (Engl/Math) >= 18 & Read >= 20 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree
General Biology
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: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
General Chemistry
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: ACCPL Algebra >= 51 OR ACT(Math) >=18 OR Program Prep with a C or better OR College Math 1 (10804115/113) OR Algebra (10804109) OR Tech Math (10804121) OR Math Tech Basic (10804125) OR College Math (10804107) OR Math Common Topics (10804117)
Advanced Laboratory Science
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)
Environmental Lab Science Theory
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
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)
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)
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.
Prereq: College Mathematics (10804107) or Intro to College Math (10804106)
DNA Science
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)
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.
Prereq: General Biology (10806114); General Chemistry (10806134)
Paper and Packaging Testing Procedures
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
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
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)

Occupational Supportive (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
College Mathematics
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: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not enrolled in a program.

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