Printed on 4/17/2021

Laboratory Science Assistant

31-506-1 Technical Diploma (TD) Part Time and Full Time 38 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they 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
  • Beginning Laboratory Science
    10-506-101
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10506101
    • Credits: 3.00

    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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+/Arith 65+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+/Arith 263+, ACT Read/Engl/Math 18+, OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103/Arith Prep 10834109 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • General Biology
    10-806-114
    4Credit
    90
    126

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806114
    • Credits: 4.00

    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

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806134
    • Credits: 4.00

    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; OR not pursuing a degree
  • Advanced Laboratory Science
    10-506-103
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10506103
    • Credits: 3.00

    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
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10506105
    • Credits: 2.00

    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
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10506106
    • Credits: 1.00

    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
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10506113
    • Credits: 2.00

    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; OR Active in Quality Engineering Tech, Beginning Lab Science 10506101; OR Active in Quality, Non-Manufacturing CERT, Beginning Lab Science 10506101
  • Math for Laboratory Science
    10-804-124
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • 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)
  • DNA Science
    10-806-176
    4Credit
    90
    126
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806176
    • Credits: 4.00

    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
    N/A

    • 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)
  • Paper and Packaging Testing Procedures
    10-506-112
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10506112
    • Credits: 2.00

    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
    N/A

    • 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
    10-506-125
    1Credit
    36
    18
    N/A

    • 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)

    Occupational Supportive (3 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • College Mathematics
    10-804-107
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10804107
    • Credits: 3.00

    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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