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Laboratory Science Technology AOS

Semester Requirements

Matthew A. Lynn, Interim Chairperson
(585) 475-5923 (V), (585) 286-4751 (VP), malntm@rit.edu

http://www.ntid.rit.edu/scimath/laboratory-science-technology

Program overview

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 a state-of-the-art instrumentation laboratory. Graduates are prepared to work in a broad range of fields, including chemical, biological, biotechnical, environmental, industrial, forensic, and food analysis.

On-the-job responsibilities

Technicians are involved with the collection and preparation of samples and standards. They also perform instrumental, volumetric, gravimetric, and biological analyses. Additional job responsibilities may include the interpretation and reporting of experimental results and data.

Places of employment

The major prepares graduates for technical jobs in municipal, public, private, and industrial laboratories.

Prerequisites

English—AOS: Placement into Career English I (NENG-212) or above. Students successfully completing AOS degrees typically enter with reading scores equivalent to 8.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Placement into Integrated Algebra (NMTH-212) or above. Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least three years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least two years of high school science. Completion of high school chemistry recommended.

Curriculum

Laboratory science technology, AOS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NLST-120 Laboratory Tools 3
NLST-171 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
NSCI-161 Fundamentals of Biology I (NTID LAS Perspective: Scientific Processes) 3
  NTID LAS Foundation: Mathematics† 3
NENG-212 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English I 3
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
NLST-172 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
NSCI-162 Fundamentals of Biology II 3
NLST-220 Analytical Chemistry 4
NENG-213 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English II 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
NLST-250 Quantitative Instrumental Analysis 4
NLST-240 Biotechnology I 3
NLST-230 Principles of Organic Chemistry 4
NLST-225 Laboratory Applications 3
NLST-255 Chemical Separations and Chromatography
NLST-245 Biotechnology II 3
NLST-235 Principles of Biochemistry 3
NLST-260  Laboratory Methods 3
NLST-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
NLST-232 Laboratory Mathematics 3
  Technical Electives‡ 6
  NTID LAS Perspective§ 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 68

Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.

† Students placing above NMTH-212 can take a higher-level NMTH course or any course from a non-science LAS Perspective area.

‡ Courses that can be used as a technical elective include Chemical Technology (NLST-270), NSCI-120 or above with departmental approval, and NMTH-220 or above with departmental approval.

§ This LAS Perspective course may be from any of the following three Perspective categories: ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies; Communication, Social & Global Awareness; or Creative and Innovative Exploration.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The laboratory science technology program was developed primarily from an industry perspective. The program prepares students for employment as laboratory technicians and includes a foundation of course sequences in chemistry, biology,and instrumental analysis. The program has several significant factors that set it apart, including the application of real-world analyses and a state-of-the-art instrumentation laboratory. Graduates are prepared to work in a broad range of fields, including chemical, biological, biotechnical, environmental, industrial, forensic, and food analysis.

On-the-job responsibilities

Technicians are involved with the collection and preparation of samples and standards. They also perform instrumental, volumetric, gravimetric, and biological analyses. Additional job responsibilities may include the interpretation and reporting of experimental results and data.

Places of employment

The program prepares graduates for technical jobs in municipal, public, private, and industrial laboratories.

Prerequisites

English—AOS: Placement in English level C or above. Students successfully completing AOS degrees typically enter with reading scores equivalent to 8.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Placement in level C mathematics or higher. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least three years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school science. Completion of high school chemistry recommended.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Laboratory science technology, AOS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

 

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0879-200 Introduction to Laboratory Science Technology 2
0885-215 Fundamentals of Cellular Biology 4
0885-205, 206 Fundamentals of Chemistry I, II 8
  English Level C 12
0887-200 Freshman Seminar 2
0879-201, 202 Laboratory Science Technology Lab Applications I, II 4
0885-291 Principles of Analytical Chemistry 4
0884-212 Integrated Algebra 4
0884-231 Laboratory Math I 3
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0879-203, 204, 205 Laboratory Science Technology Lab Applications III, IV, V 6
0879-301, 302, 303 Instrumental Analysis I, II, III 10
0884-232 Laboratory Math II 3
0885-292 Principles of Organic Chemistry 4
0879-398 ST: Molecular Biology 4
0879-218 Introduction to Laboratory Science Technology Microbiology 3
0879-313 Chemical Technology 4
0879-314 Biotechnology 4
0806-101 Job Search Process 2
  Deaf Cultural Studies/ASL* 3
  Humanities* 3
  Social Sciences* 3
0879-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
0879-206 Laboratory Science Technology Lab Applications VI 2
0879-250 Senior Seminar 2
  Technical Elective‡ 3-4
  Communication Studies* 3
  Capstone* 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 105-106

* Please see NTID’s General Education Distribution Requirements chart for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Students must choose one technical elective from the list of laboratory science technology courses or seek department approval for a course from another college.

Laboratory science technology, AOS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NLST-120 Laboratory Tools 3
NLST-171 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
NSCI-161 NTID LAS Perspective: Fundamentals of Biology I 3
  NTID LAS Foundation-Mathematics† 3
NENG-212 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English I 3
NCAR-100 LAS Foundation 1: Freshman Seminar 1
Choose one of the following courses: 3
   NHSS-150    Deaf Perspectives on Contemporary Civilization  
   NASL-190    American Sign Language I  
NLST-172 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
NSCI-162 Fundamentals of Biology II 3
NLST-220 Analytical Chemistry 4
NENG-213 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English II 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
NLST-250 Quantitative Instrumental Analysis 4
NLST-240 Biotechnology I 3
NLST-230 Principles of Organic Chemistry 4
NLST-225 Laboratory Applications 3
NLST-232 Laboratory Mathematics 3
NLST-255 Chemical Separations and Chromatography
NLST-245 Biotechnology II 3
NLST-235 Principles of Biochemistry 3
NLST-260  Laboratory Methods 3
  NTID LAS Perspective: Communication, Social and Global Awareness 3
NLST-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
  Professional/Technical Electives 6
  NTID LAS Perspective: Creative and Innovative Exploration 3
  NTID LAS Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 77

Please see New NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Students may choose any mathematics course numbered NMTH-212 or higher.