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Laboratory Science Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 105065

Are you ready for a fast-paced, hands-on career that will maximize your analytical skills and challenge you every day? The Laboratory Science Technology Associate of Applied Sciences Degree program blends key theoretical concepts with practical laboratory skills needed for success in a broad range of science careers, including biological, chemical, and environmental industries as well as academic research laboratories. This program has been designed not only to prepare you for immediate employment, but also to transfer smoothly to local universities, allowing you to start your science education at NWTC and continue toward a bachelor’s degree and beyond. Courses will focus on experimental design, application of scientific principles in analysis of results, accurate documentation processes, fundamentals of quality measurement, and use of industry-standard instrumentation and protocols.

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Employment Potential

Laboratory Technologists/Technicians collect and analyze samples, validate and perform protocols and procedures to analyze samples for quality assurance and safety, and may operate complex equipment and instruments.

Quality Control Analysts conduct tests to determine quality of raw materials, bulk intermediate and finished products

Laboratory Managers validate and perform protocols and procedures and lead the daily operations of laboratories, including management of maintenance of machinery and performance of technicians.

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers analyze raw or processed products for specifications.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed Application
• High School Transcripts or Equivalents (For equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020
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Marinette ---
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Sturgeon Bay ---
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Laboratory Science Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-804-197 COLLEGE ALGEBRA & TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS …those skills needed for success in Calculus and many application areas on a baccalaureate level. Topics include the real and complex number systems, polynomials, exponents, radicals, solving equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), relations and functions, systems of equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), matrices, graphing, conic sections, sequences and series, combinatories, and the binomial theorem. (Prerequisite: Placement value of 2700; OR Accuplacer Coll Level Math greater/equal to 63 AND Rdg greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 24 AND ACT Rdg greater/equal to 16; OR C or better in Inter Alg-contact academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-806-135 COLLEGE CHEMISTRY ...covers measurement, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, atomic structure, gas laws, thermochemistry, chemical bonding and solution chemistry. (Prereq: 2.6 GPA AND Alg 2 or equiv w/C or better; OR placement value of 3400; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 80 AND Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Accuplacer Elem Alg score greater/equal to 61; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 17 AND ACT Math score greater/equal to 21; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-806-114 GENERAL BIOLOGY ...introduces general biological concepts/principles. Emphasis is on cell structure/function, genetics, evolution, and taxonomical relationships. Consideration is also given to diversity among the various kingdoms. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 3300; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 80; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 17; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-506-136 COLLEGE CHEMISTRY 2 ...covers chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, buffers, titration, ionic equilibria of aqueous solutions, redox reactions, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. (Prerequisite: 10-806-135, College Chemistry 1 with a "C" or better)
10-806-154 GENERAL PHYSICS 1 ...applications/theory of basic physics principles: problem-solving, laboratory investigation, and applications including unit conversion and analysis, vectors, translational and rotational kinematics/dynamics, heat/temperature, and harmonic motion and waves. (Prereq: 2.6 GPA & Alg 2 or equiv w/C or better; OR placement value of 3400; OR Accuplacer Reading greater/equal to 80, Arith greater/equal to 65, & Elem Alg greater/equal to 61; OR ACT Reading greater/equal to 17 & Math greater/equal to 21; OR Coll Tech Math 1A OR Int Alg w/C or better)
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10-806-143 COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 ...presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, and heat. (Prereq: 2.6 GPA & Alg 2 or equiv w/C or better; OR placement value of 3400; OR Accuplacer Reading greater/equal to 80, Arith greater/equal to 65, & Elem Alg greater/equal to 61; OR ACT Reading greater/equal to 17 & Math greater/equal to 21; OR Coll Tech Math 1A OR Int Alg w/C or better)
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SECOND SEMESTER-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TRACK
10-806-197 MICROBIOLOGY ...history, morphology, physiology, nutritional growth requirements, metabolism, methods of identification. Focus on disease-causing microorganisms, appropriate prevention, treatment, control mechanisms. Specific/non-specific host defense mechanisms, applications of immunology examined. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology OR 10-806-114, General Biology with a "C" or better. Health programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details)
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SECOND SEMESTER-CHEMISTRY TRACK
10-804-198 CALCULUS 1 ...analyze and graph algebraic expressions, especially conic sections. Develop an intuitive understanding of limits, derivatives and integrals. Apply the derivative and the integral to certain physical problems. (Prereq: Placement value of 2800; OR Accuplacer Coll Lev Math greater/equal to 103 AND Reading greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math greater/equal to 28 AND Reading greater/equal to 16; OR C or better in Coll Alg & Trig OR Interm Alg & Trig-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-506-137 LABORATORY INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE ...provides learners the opportunity to practice skills in a true laboratory setting. Emphases include successful execution of operating procedures and protocols, accurate and complete data collection and documentation, and relation of routine tasks to larger context of major project objectives and/or elements of research goals. (Prerequisites: 10-806-135, College Chemistry 1 AND 10-806-154, General Physics 1 AND 10-806-114, General Biology with a "C" or better)
10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
7
THIRD SEMESTER
10-506-138 EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN ...provides learners the opportunity to analyze the principles of successful experimental design and execution. Learners will apply the steps of the scientific method to design sound experiments based on scenarios from research and industrial settings.
10-506-157 APPLIED STATISTICS ...provides learners the opportunity to relate descriptive statistics and concepts of probability, correlation, and regression to applications including hypothesis testing and data analysis in research. (Prerequisite: 10-804-195, College Algebra with a "C" or better OR 10-804-197, College Algebra and Trigonometry w/ Apps with a "C" or better.)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
10-506-160 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1 ...covers chemical bonding, nomenclature of organic molecules, physical and chemical properties of organic molecules and functional groups, reactivity, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and oxidation and reduction of organic molecules. (Prerequisite: 10-506-136, College Chemistry 2 with a "C" or better)
THIRD SEMESTER-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TRACK
10-506-159 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY ...introduces cell and molecular biology concepts and principles. Emphasis is on cell structure and function, genetics control and function, membrane transport and trafficking, cell division, evolution, and cellular energetics. Special consideration is given to research applications. (Prerequisite: 10-806-197, Microbiology with a "C" or better)
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THIRD SEMESTER-CHEMISTRY TRACK
10-804-181 CALCULUS 2 ...continuation of Calculus I covering integration techniques, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, techniques of integration, applications to the physical sciences, first order linear differential equations, Infinite series including Maclaurin, Taylor, and Fourier. (Prerequisite: 10-804-198, Calculus I with a "C" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-506-158 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 1 ...covers statistics, quality assurance and control, instrument calibration, acid-base theory, chemical equilibria, complexation, solubility, titration, gravimetric methods, potentiometry, spectroscopy and chromatography. (Prerequisite: 10-506-136, College Chemistry 2 with a "C" or better)
10-806-164 GENERAL PHYSICS 2 ...applications/theory of basic physics principles: problem-solving, laboratory investigation, and applications including unit conversion and analysis, mechanical waves, harmonic motion, wave and ray optics, electricity, and magnetism. (Prereq: A placemt value of 3400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 80, Arith greater/equal to 65 AND Elem Alg greater/equal to 61; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 17 AND Math score greater/equal to 21; OR prep courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better)
10-506-170 EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH CAPSTONE ...provides learners the opportunity to apply knowledge of sound experimental design and scientific inquiry to create and execute laboratory procedure(s) designed to answer a research question. Learners will collect, document, analyze, and report data generated from a set of experiments and report major conclusions. (Prerequisite: 10-506-138, Experimental Design with a "C" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
TOTAL CREDITS
67
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C.
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-506-XXX and 10-806-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Laboratory Science Technology Program. A student must repeat the particular course with a "C" or better final grade to continue in or graduate from this program. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.
. Courses with 10-806-XXX and 10-506-XXX require a final grade "C" or better to transfer credit to 4-year institutions. For transfer purposes, students must also meet the accepting 4-year institution requirements to confer the Bachelor degree with the accepting institution’s major(s). Requirements may include:
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Satisfactory completion of the degree credit requirements listed in the Transfer Guide.
Completion of the last 30 credits in residence at the accepting institution. Number of credits may differ depending on the accepting institution.
. In addition, the following courses must also be passed with a grade "C" or better:

Program Outcomes

• Synthesize theoretical knowledge and empirical results to build understanding of complex scientific processes.
• Apply the steps of the scientific method to solve problems.
• Design sound laboratory protocols and experiments.
• Execute common laboratory procedures and measurements with precision, repeatability, and validity.
• Collect, document, and analyze data from laboratory procedures and report results and conclusions.
• Model safe, hygienic laboratory practices.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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