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.
If you're interested in doing scientific analysis and lab work in chemical, biological, biotechnical, pharmaceutical, environmental, forensic, food or industrial fields, then the laboratory science technology program is for you. You will study in laboratory settings with experienced faculty and learn to use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment for scientific analysis. Our advanced, high-tech analytical instrumentation is equivalent to that used by scientists on the job. You get hands-on experience using this instrumentation daily.
The AAS degree in laboratory science technology is a career-focused degree program that leads to immediate entry into well-paying careers at the paraprofessional or technician level in municipal, public, private and industrial laboratories. 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.
The Associate+Bachelor's Degree Program in laboratory science technology prepares you to complete an RIT bachelor’s degree. In this option, upon successful completion of the AAS in laboratory science technology, provided you maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average, you will have several bachelor’s degree options from which to choose. You can enroll in RIT’s School of Individualized Study, where you can pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and science. Or you may enroll in RIT’s College of Science, where you can work towards a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology, biotechnology and molecular bioscience, chemistry, or environmental science. Qualified laboratory science technology students also have continued their education in other majors in RIT’s College of Science and College of Health Sciences and Technology upon completion of the laboratory science technology program. The length of time required to obtain a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the AAS program and the number of credits transferred from the laboratory science technology curriculum vary by program.
Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.
Students in the laboratory science technology program are required to complete a cooperative education work experience prior to graduation. You may schedule your co-op after completing your second-year academic requirements.
Curriculum for 2023-2024 for Laboratory Science Technology AAS
The course provides incoming deaf and hard-of-hearing students admitted to NTID undergraduate programs with opportunities to develop/enhance academic skills, personal awareness, and community involvement in order to maximize their college experience. Students will have opportunities to explore and navigate the college environment, develop/reinforce academic skills, and participate in experiential learning opportunities while establishing meaningful connections with faculty, staff and peers. The course promotes the development of plans for ongoing growth and involvement in class and in the RIT/NTID and/or broader community. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 2 (Fall, Spring).
This course introduces students to the Laboratory Science Technology (LST) program's curriculum and the laboratory tools required for success in the program and as professionals in the laboratory science field. Topics will include an introduction to historical and current issues in the field, concepts of analytical testing, basic laboratory applications, fundamental technical skills used in the laboratory, laboratory safety, laboratory notebooks and information management, scientific reference and information sources, the identification and use of laboratory equipment, maintaining a laboratory environment, concepts of quality control, and the analytical process. Students begin to organize a Laboratory Science Technology portfolio. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall).
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
This course is an introduction to the fundamental theories and principles of chemistry governing the structure and behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular levels. The language of chemistry including nomenclature and symbolic representation is presented. Computational strategies applied to stoichiometry, reaction analysis and solution preparation are practiced. Laboratory activities focus on precision and accuracy in the collection of data. Chemical hygiene and safety procedures in the laboratory are emphasized. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5 (Fall).
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
This course is an introduction to the concepts of kinetics and thermodynamics. Chemical equilibrium and rate constants will be presented and quantified. The ideal gas law will be explored. Mathematical models will be developed and computational strategies will be applied and practiced. Laboratory activities will supplement course themes. Chemical hygiene and safety procedures in the laboratory are emphasized. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-171 or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 5 (Spring).
This course introduces quantitative analysis utilizing both gravimetric and volumetric techniques. Topics include volumetric preparation and analytical procedures, acid/base and electron transfer titrations and related computational methods, and gravimetric procedures and analyses. Standard laboratory notebook protocol will be introduced and practiced. Chemical hygiene protocol and safety procedures in the laboratory are emphasized. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-171 and NLST-120 or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 6 (Spring).
General Education – Elective: Integrated Algebra‡
An intermediate algebra course consisting of a blended lecture/lab component in which non-linear functions and graphs, systems of linear equations, exponents, polynomials, roots, radicals and properties of the complex numbers are considered. There is significant emphasis on scientific and geometric models, as well as the use of graphing utilities. Students cannot earn credit for both NMTH-210 and NMTH-212. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NMTH-180 with C- or better or have a math placement score equal to 30 or 35 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring).
Fundamentals of Biology I (General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective)
This course provides students with fundamentals of cellular biology. Topics include chemical components of cells, cell structure and function, membrane transport, osmosis, cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Principles governing genetics, gene expression and reproduction are introduced. Laboratory methods used to make observations and collect data are practiced. Recording observations and analysis of data are emphasized in formal written laboratory reports. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5 (Fall).
Fundamentals of Biology II
This course provides students with fundamentals of biological concepts and processes. Topics include plant and animal form and function, nutritional and excretory requirements, and homeostatic mechanisms and their regulation in organisms. Principles governing the concept of biological evolution and genomic evolution are introduced. Laboratory methods used to make observations and collect data are practiced. Recording observations and analysis of data are emphasized in formal written laboratory reports. Laboratory activities complement classroom activities. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NSCI-161 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 5 (Spring).
General Education – First Year Writing (WI)
General Education – Elective†
General Education – Ethical Perspective†
This course continues a focus on the application of laboratory tools, techniques, procedures, and scientific theory. Course topics include study of written technical procedures, technical writing, the reporting and presentation of scientific information, and topics related to the job search process and working as a professional in the field. Students synthesize information learned in previous and concurrent courses by participating in job related simulations. A Laboratory Science Technology portfolio will continue to be developed. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-220 or equivalent course.) Lab 2 (Fall).
Principles of Organic Chemistry
This course provides an introduction to the principles of organic chemistry. Topics include structure, nomenclature, and properties of carbon-containing molecules according to the various functional groups that are central to organic chemistry. Investigations involving chemical reactions, data collection, and qualitative and quantitative analyses provide a framework for laboratory activities. Chemical hygiene and safety procedures in the laboratory are emphasized. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NSCI-162 and NLST-172 or equivalent courses.) Lab 3 (Fall).
This course addresses classic laboratory calculations and elementary descriptive statistics in the context of modern information technology and computing methods. Use of hand-held calculators and computer software to exchange, analyze and chart electronically-stored data is a central focus of this course. Study is closely coordinated with student experiences in Laboratory Science Technology courses. Topics include basic descriptive statistics with quality control applications, capture and analysis of real laboratory data, exponential and logarithmic modeling, and applications of scientific concepts. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NMTH-212 or higher or have a math placement score greater than or equal to 40 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring).
Principles of Biochemistry
This course provides an introduction to the principles of biochemistry through a study of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids. The metabolic pathways that involve these systems will also be explored. Principles of general and organic chemistry will be emphasized through an examination of the structures, concepts, and reactions that are central to biologically important molecules. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-230 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
This course prepares students to perform biotechnical applications in industry-specific fields of analysis. Standard methods, operating procedures, equipment/instrumentation, and protocols are introduced and reinforced. Topics include ethical issues in Biotechnology, DNA manipulation, protein analysis, tissue culture, and molecular diagnosis. Sampling, testing, and reporting in the field of biotechnology are covered. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NSCI-162 or equivalent course.) Lab 3 (Fall).
This course prepares students to perform Biotechnology applications in industry, specifically as they relate to microorganisms, proteomics, and genomics. Topics include bacterial expression systems for production, purification and characterization of recombinant proteins. Study will include concepts of DNA manipulation/analysis and enzymology. Standard methods, operating procedures, and protocols are introduced and reinforced. Sampling, testing, and reporting in the fields of Biotechnology, microbiology, and molecular biology are covered. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-240 or equivalent course.) Lab 3 (Spring).
Quantitative Instrumental Analysis
In this course students learn and apply concepts and principles of analytical testing using laboratory instruments, instrumentation theory, and procedures. Concepts surrounding spectroscopy, electroanalytical methods, advanced and automated methods of instrumental analysis are presented. Techniques including sample preparation, instrumentation set-up and maintenance, calibration, precision measurement, safety, and data collection/analysis are introduced. Selected instrumentation presented in this course include electroanalytical meters/probes, atomic and molecular spectrophotometers, and automated instrumentation. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-220 and NLST-172 or equivalent courses.) Lab 3 (Fall).
Chemical Separations & Chromatography
In this course students learn and apply advanced concepts and principles in analytical testing using laboratory instruments/equipment, theory, and procedures as they relate to chemical separations and chromatographic methods of analysis. Techniques including sample preparation, instrumentation set-up and maintenance, calibration, precision measurement, safety, and data collection/analysis are studied. Selected techniques/instrumentation presented in this course include solid and liquid phase separations/extractions, liquid and gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and capillary electrophoresis. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-230 and NLST-250 or equivalent courses.) Lab 3 (Spring).
This course is a capstone to the program's focus on the application of laboratory tools, techniques, procedures, and scientific theory. Professional and ethical behavior standards in the science laboratory environment and current trends in performing analyses from advanced standard methods are central to this course. Students synthesize information learned in previous and concurrent technical courses by participating in job related simulations. This course also serves as a final mechanism for Co-op preparation. Students finalize a Laboratory Science Technology portfolio. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-225 equivalent course.) Lab 2 (Spring).
Co-op: Laboratory Science Technology
This cooperative work experience gives students matriculated in the Laboratory Science Technology program a practical sampling of working in the field of laboratory sciences. Students will work under the supervision of qualified professionals while performing a variety of tasks pertaining to the field. CO OP (Fall, Spring, Summer).
General Education - Artistic Perspective
General Education – Global Perspective†
General Education – Social Perspective†
Total Semester Credit Hours
See NTID General Education Curriculum (GE) requirements for more information.
See Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.
† An ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies (AASASLDCS) course is required for graduation. It can be taken in any semester and can be taken at NTID or another college of RIT. In order to fulfill this requirement as part of the credit hours in the program, it can be a course approved for both AASASLDCS and a General Education - Perspective or General Education - Elective.
‡ Students placing above NMTH-212 must take a higher-level NMTH or MATH (College of Science) course as appropriate.
§ Please see list of professional /technical electives below.
General Biology I
This course serves as an introduction to cellular, molecular, and evolutionary biology. Topics will include: a study of the basic principles of modern cellular biology, including cell structure and function; the chemical basis and functions of life, including enzyme systems and gene expression; and the origin of life and evolutionary patterns of organism development on Earth. Lecture 3 (Fall, Summer).
Introductory Biology I
This course serves as an introduction to molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics, developmental biology, and evolutionary biology. Topics will include: a study of the basic principles of modern cellular biology, including cell structure and function; the chemical basis and functions of life, including enzyme systems and gene expression; and both the processes and patterns of the organismal development (ontogeny) and the evolution of life on Earth (phylogeny). Laboratory experiments are designed to illustrate concepts of basic cellular, molecular, developmental, and evolutionary biology, develop laboratory skills and techniques for microscopy and biotechnology, and improve ability to make, record and interpret observations. Lab 3 (Fall, Spring).
This course introduces first-year chemistry and biochemistry majors to the topics of chemical safety, ethics, database searching, citation protocol, presentation development and execution as well as the career options in the field and opportunities at RIT and beyond. These topics will be covered in the context of developing a product that the student will accomplish during the lab component of the course. (This course is restricted to CHEM-BS or BIOCHEM-BS Major students.) Seminar 1 (Fall).
An accelerated entry-level course designed for chemistry and biochemistry majors. Topics include measurement, atomic theory, chemical bonding and structure, stoichiometry, equilibrium and acid-base chemistry. (Prerequisites: This course is restricted to CHEM-BS or BIOCHEM-BS Major students.
Co-requisite: CHEM-155 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
This course presents an introduction to working in a modern chemistry laboratory. Students will perform exercises that will aid in the understanding of general laboratory practices, atomic and molecular structure, and Lewis acid base theory. Students will also become familiar with keeping a scientific laboratory notebook and writing scientific abstracts. Students will also utilize modern chemical instrumentation to aid in the understanding of concepts. (Prerequisites: This course is restricted to CHEM-BS or BIOCHEM-BS Major students.
Co-requisite: CHEM-151 or equivalent course.) Lab 4 (Fall).
General & Analytical Chemistry I
This is a general chemistry course for students in the life and physical sciences. College chemistry is presented as a science based on empirical evidence that is placed into the context of conceptual, visual, and mathematical models. Students will learn the concepts, symbolism, and fundamental tools of chemistry necessary to carry on a discourse in the language of chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between atomic structure, chemical bonds, and the transformation of these bonds through chemical reactions. The fundamentals of organic chemistry are introduced throughout the course to emphasize the connection between chemistry and the other sciences. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
This course is an introduction to the study of differential and integral calculus, including the study of functions and graphs, limits, continuity, the derivative, derivative formulas, applications of derivatives, the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, basic techniques of integral approximation, exponential and logarithmic functions, basic techniques of integration, an introduction to differential equations, and geometric series. Applications in business, management sciences, and life sciences will be included with an emphasis on manipulative skills. (Prerequisite: C- or better in MATH-101, MATH-111, MATH-131, NMTH-260, NMTH-272 or NMTH-275 or Math Placement Exam score greater than or equal to 45.) Lecture 4 (Fall, Spring).
This is the first course in a three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). This course includes a study of precalculus, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, continuity, and differentiability. Limits of functions are used to study continuity and differentiability. The study of the derivative includes the definition, basic rules, and implicit differentiation. Applications of the derivative include optimization and related-rates problems. (Prerequisites: Completion of the math placement exam or C- or better in MATH-111 or C- or better in ((NMTH-260 or NMTH-272 or NMTH-275) and NMTH-220) or equivalent course.) Lecture 5 (Fall, Spring).
Project-Based Calculus I
This is the first in a two-course sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals. (Prerequisite: A- or better in MATH-111 or A- or better in ((NMTH-260 or NMTH-272 or NMTH-275) and NMTH-220) or a math placement exam score greater than or equal to 70 or department permission to enroll in this class.) Lecture 6 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Human Biology I
This course is one of a two-course set of courses that explores the biology of the human body. This course focuses on: cells, their structure, and organization; the human reproductive cycle; principle of genetic inheritance; transmission of disease and the body’s defense against disease. Recommended to concurrently take: MEDG-103 Human Biology Laboratory I *Note: Taken alone, this course fulfills the Scientific Principles Perspective. When taken with MEDG-103 the two courses together fulfill the Natural Science Inquiry Perspective Lecture 3 (Fall).
Language of Medicine
Language is a systematic means or method of communicating ideas, events, or feelings. It is a combination of words or symbols used to encode and decode information. Medicine has a language to communicate information regarding the human body, its functions, diseases, tests, and procedures. This course explores the language of medicine, the rules of “language,” language mechanics that apply how to create words, define terms, and identify abbreviations. In addition to learning the fundamentals, the student will gain experience in writing, using the language of medicine, as well as interpreting that language into everyday English. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This course is an integrated approach to the structure and function of the nervous, endocrine, integumentary, muscular and skeletal systems. Laboratory exercises include histological examination, actual and simulated anatomical dissections, and physiology experiments with human subjects. (Pre-requisite: (BIOL-123 and BIOL-124 and BIOL-125 and BIOL-126) or (BIOL-123 and BIOL-124) or (BIOL-101 and BIOL-102) or (BIOL-121 and BIOL-122) or MEDG-102 or equivalent course or NUTR-BS students.) Lab 3 (Fall).
This course prepares students to perform industry-specific applications of chemical analysis. Standard methods, operating procedures, and protocols are introduced and reinforced. Sampling, testing, and reporting in the fields of environmental, industrial, forensic, pharmaceutical, and food testing are covered. Instrumental, volumetric, and gravimetric techniques are practiced, as they relate to the fields of chemical technology. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-220 and NLST-250 or equivalent courses.) Lec/Lab 5 (Fall).
This course is a faculty-directed student research project at the undergraduate level. The research will entail an in-depth study of concepts related to those covered in the Laboratory Science Technology program that could be considered of an original nature. Enrollment in this course requires permission from the Department Chair and completion of the NTID Undergraduate Research Contract. Research (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Introduction to Statistics I
This course introduces statistical methods of extracting meaning from data, and basic inferential statistics. Topics covered include data and data integrity, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, numeric summary measures, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The emphasis of the course is on statistical thinking rather than computation. Statistical software is used. (Prerequisite: MATH-101 or MATH-111 or NMTH-260 or NMTH-272 or NMTH-275 or a math placement exam score of at least 35.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
NMTH-220 or above
NSCI-120 or above
* Some of these courses may require department approval. Additional courses may be used as electives, with department approval.
Admissions and Financial Aid
For the career-focused AAS Degree
2 years of math required
1 year of science required
English language skills as evidenced by application materials determine associate degree options.
For the AAS Degree Leading to Bachelor’s Degree (Associate+Bachelor’s Program)
2 years of math required; students interested in engineering, math and science transfer programs should have three or more years of math.
1 year of science required; students interested in engineering, math and science transfer programs should have two or more years of science.
Physics is recommended for students interested in engineering.
English language skills as evidenced by application materials determine associate degree options.
Specific English, Mathematics, and Science Requirements and other Recommendations
English: 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 130 or higher on the NTID Reading Test and writing scores of 67 or higher on the NTID Writing Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores above 98 on the NTID Reading Test and writing scores above 50 on the NTID Writing 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.
ACT (optional): The ACT middle 50% composite score is 18-21.
100% of all incoming first-year and transfer students receive aid.
RIT’s personalized and comprehensive financial aid program includes scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment programs. When all these are put to work, your actual cost may be much lower than the published estimated cost of attendance. Learn more about financial aid and scholarships