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Laboratory Science Technology AAS

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, pharmaceutical, environmental, industrial, forensic, and food analysis.

Students earning an AAS degree have the option of finding employment or continuing to work toward a baccalaureate degree. Under the program’s agreement with RIT's Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, individuals who maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher may enroll in the center's bachelor's degree program. Students may then complete a BS degree in applied arts and science with a concentration in biotechnology studies. For more information, please visit http://www.ntid.rit.edu/scimath/a-plus-b-lst.

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—AAS: Placement in a First Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150). Students typically enter First Year Writing with reading scores equivalent to 10.0 on the California Reading Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores of 9.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Placement in Integrated Algebra (NMTH-212) or higher. 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 is required.

Curriculum

Laboratory science technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
NLST-120 Laboratory Tools 3
NLST-171 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
NSCI-161 LAS Perspective 6: Fundamentals of Biology I 3
NMTH-212 Integrated Algebra‡ 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar** 3
  ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies†  
  LAS Perspective 1 3
NLST-172 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
NSCI-162 Fundamentals of Biology II 3
NLST-220 Analytical Chemistry 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 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
  LAS Perspective 2 3
NLST-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
  Professional/Technical Electives§ 6
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 77

See NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) requirements for more information.

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

† A 3-credit ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies course, to be taken at NTID or another college of RIT; will count for RIT General Education credit if it is a General Education Committee approved course.

‡ Students placing above NMTH-212 must take a higher-level NMTH or MATH (College of Science) course as appropriate.

§ Approved technical electives are Chemical Technology (NLST-270) or any of the following with departmental approval: NSCI-120 or above, NMTH-212 or above, BIOL-101 (or equivalent), BIOL-121 (or equivalent), CHMG-141 (or equivalent), STAT-145 (or equivalent), STAT-155 (or equivalent), or MATH-161 (or equivalent).

** The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for 2014-15.

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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.

Students earning an AAS degree have the option of finding employment or continuing to work toward a baccalaureate degree. Under the program’s agreement with the Division of Academic Affairs/Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, individuals who maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher while in may enroll directly in the center's bachelor's degree program. Through this program students complete a BS degree in applied arts and science with a concentration in biotechnology studies. For more information visit www.rit.edu/lstAplusB.

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—AAS: Placement in the College of Liberal Arts’ Writing Seminar (0502-227) course. Students typically enter Writing Seminar with reading scores equivalent to 10.0 on the California Reading Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores of 9.0 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, AAS 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
0502-227 Writing Seminar 4
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
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Deaf Cultural Studies/ASL* 3
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
0885-292 Principles of Organic Chemistry 4
0884-232 Laboratory Math II 3
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
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Wellness Education† 0
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
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Capstone* 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 104-105

* 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, AAS 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 LAS Perspective 6: Fundamentals of Biology I 3
NMTH-212 Integrated Algebra‡ 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar 3
  ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies†  
  LAS Perspective 1 3
NLST-172 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
NSCI-162 Fundamentals of Biology II 3
NLST-220 Analytical Chemistry 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 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
  LAS Perspective 2 3
NLST-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
  Professional/Technical Electives 6
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 76

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

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† A 3-credit ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies course, to be taken at NTID or another college of RIT; will count for RIT Gen Ed credit if it is simultaneously an RIT (non-NTID) Perspective Category course.

‡ Any mathematics course numbered NMTH-212 or higher.