Qualified deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf now have additional opportunities to continue their studies toward bachelor’s degrees in the sciences at RIT.
Thanks to an articulation agreement between NTID’s Department of Science and Mathematics and RIT’s College of Science Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, qualified deaf and hard-of-hearing students completing the associate of applied science (AAS) degree in Laboratory Science Technology can seamlessly transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in Biology, Environmental Science and Biotechnology & Molecular Bioscience. A majority of the credit earned toward the LST degree will apply to the bachelor’s degrees in these majors.
The Laboratory Science Technology major, with its foundation of course sequences in chemistry, biology and instrumental analysis, was developed primarily from an industry perspective to prepare students for employment as laboratory technicians. The major has several significant factors that set it apart, including the application of real-world analyses and state-of-the-art classrooms and instrumentation laboratories. Graduates are prepared to work in a broad range of fields, including chemical, biological, biotechnical, pharmaceutical, environmental, industrial, forensic and food analysis.
Students earning an associate degree have the option of finding employment or continuing to work toward a baccalaureate degree.
“NTID is committed to increasing the number of deaf scientists in our country, and has programs that encourage students from middle and high school through post doctorate programs” says Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “This articulation agreement is designed to encourage academic cooperation and the exchange of information between NTID and the College of Science, and will go a long way toward meeting our goal of adding deaf representation to science labs throughout the country.”
The LST program has an existing articulation agreement with the School of Chemistry and Materials Science in RIT’s College of Science where students can work towards a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry. This new articulation agreement expands the options within the College of Science.