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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

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.

Occupational Specific (35 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
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
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)

Occupational Supportive (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
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

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