Science and Mathematics

Overview

Start with a challenging curriculum, add a laboratory-intensive environment and a talented, dedicated, accessible faculty, and you will multiply your career opportunities exponentially. NTID’s Department of Science and Mathematics provides a unique education that reflects the current trends in the application of science and mathematics in the professional world, while preparing you for immediate employment in business, industry, and government or graduate school. You get unmatched opportunities for hands-on learning, using some of the most sophisticated classroom, laboratory and equipment available anywhere.

Degrees and Programs

The associate in science (AS) degree in general science is designed to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are close to, but not fully ready for, direct entry into a bachelor’s-level program in the sciences. The degree is a pathway for completing the course work taken during the first two years of a BS degree program in RIT's College of Science or RIT's College of Health Sciences and Technology. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

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The laboratory science technology program, 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 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, pharmaceutical, environmental, industrial, forensic, and food analysis. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Learn More about Laboratory Science Technology AAS 

The laboratory science technology program, 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 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, pharmaceutical, environmental, industrial, forensic, and food analysis. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Learn More about Laboratory Science Technology AOS 

The pre-baccalaureate studies program is available to students who are accepted by NTID and are close to, but not fully ready for, direct entry into a baccalaureate-level program through one of the other colleges of RIT. It is a bridge program for qualified students, based on academic transcripts, scores on admissions tests, and other evidence that supports a reasonable expectation of success in baccalaureate course work. Qualified students who are undecided as to a program of study may choose the career exploration studies program.

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COS/CHST Support Services

Services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students taking courses in RIT's College of Science and College of Health Sciences and Technology

Faculty in NTID's Department of Science and Mathematics provide academic support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in courses in RIT's College of Science (COS) and College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST). NTID instructors with graduate training in biology, chemistry, mathematics/statistics, the medical sciences, physics, and related fields serve as tutors for courses in these areas. Counselors trained in discussing and resolving personal, social, and career issues also are available. All of these professionals are skilled in teaching and communicating with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Further, they have developed strong relationships with COS and CHST faculty to advocate for student success in their programs.

Upon completion of an associate degree, you can receive guidance in applying to a bachelor's degree program in RIT's School of Individualized Study as well as in COS and CHST. Advisors are available to explain curriculum requirements and to assist with the transfer process. This group of faculty and staff comprises a first line of contact for deaf and hard-of-hearing students looking for information or advice related to bachelor's degree programs at RIT.

Services provided for students include:

  1. Individual and small group tutoring for courses offered in RIT's COS and CHST.
  2. Co-op/internship advising and career counseling. Students receive assistance with internship applications, resumé writing, and the crafting of personal statements.
  3. Personal counseling. Counselors are available to support students in personal matters such as adjusting to college life; the choice of career and academic program; and issues of identity, relationships, communication, academics, and career planning.

For general questions about science and math support services, contact the department chairperson.

Facilities

There’s no question that RIT has one of the most modern, high-tech campuses in the nation. As a student in NTID's Department of Science and Mathematics, you’ll work on state-of-the-art equipment in specialized classrooms and labs:

Here you’ll learn concentration and dilution techniques, analytical separations, standards preparation, and titration and gravimetric analyses with emphasis on quality control, proficiency testing, and standard methods.

You’ll learn to use a wide variety of instruments in this lab, including probes/sensors, chromatography instruments, and spectrophotometers.

Here you’ll use equipment to perform microscopic and biotechnology-related analysis. Techniques include the use of thermal cyclers, microplate readers, gel electrophoresis apparatus, imaging, colony counting, and identification procedures.

The following equipment is available in NTID's scientific laboratory facilities to train students for use in their coursework and research activities:

  • FTIR Spectrophotometer
  • Fluorimeter
  • UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Atomic Spectrophotometer (Atomic Absorption/Emission)
  • Mercury Analyzer
  • Capillary Electrophoresis System
  • Gas Chromatographer
  • Gas Chromatographer-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) (with autosampler)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatographer (HPLC)
  • Potentiostat/Electrochemical Analyzer
  • Lifetime Fluorimeter
  • Fiber Optic Spectrometers
  • Automatic Titrator
  • Analytical Balances
  • Microplate Reader
  • Thermal Cycler
  • Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus
  • Analyte-Specific Meters/ Probes/Sensors
  • pH Meters/ Ion-Selective Electrodes
  • Optical Microscopes (w/ digital viewing capabilities)
  • Autoclaves
  • Melting Point Apparatus
  • Centrifuges/Microcentrifuge
  • Incubators
  • Rotary Evaporator
  • Waterbaths/ Hot Plates/ Analytical Oven/ Freezers/ Refrigerators
  • Glassware Scrubber
  • Laboratory Fume Hoods
  • Shaker/Rockers
  • Sonicators
  • Digital Pipettes

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