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Courses & Requirements

The associate in applied science degree program in Laboratory Science is designed to build the essential skills and knowledge required for entry level employment and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. The curriculum allows students with minimal science and mathematics backgrounds to enter the program and develop the skills needed to successfully complete upper level science courses. In the second year coursework, students will utilize state of the art equipment and participate in an externship. Program science courses must be completed within (5) years prior to the start date of the program to count towards completing the program. The three program focus areas are: Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, and Chemical Analysis. A minimum of 62 credit hours are required for graduation.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Requirements:
CoursesCreditsComments
CHM121 General Chemistry I 4 Co-requisite MAT120 or higher 

Prerequisite: CHM111 OR SCI105

CHM201 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry 4 Prerequisite: CHM121 minimum Grade of C and SCI106  OR BIO220 with a C or better
CHM203 Instrumental Analysis 4 Prerequisite MAT120 or higher, Minimum grade of C and SCI106 or CHM122
with C or better, CIS110 or higher
CIS110 Computer Applications 3  
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
MAT125 Statistics 4 Prerequisite MAT120 or higher with C or better
SCI100 Basic Lab Calculations 1  
SCI103 Success in Science Seminar 1  
SCI104 Topics in Laboratory Science 3  
SCI105 Integrated Science I 4 Co-requisite SCI100
SCI106 Integrated Science II 4 Prerequisite SCI105 with C or better
SCI281 Research Experience Laboratory   Co-requisite— choose one of the following:CHM280 or ERS280 or BIO280 

Prerequisite: CHM201, CHM203 and ENG101 with a C or better

SCI291 Externship in Laboratory Science I
or
SCI292 Externship in Laboratory Science II
3 Prerequisite for SCI291: CHM201 CHM203 and SC104 with a C or better; 

Co-requisite for SCI291: SCI281
*Students who take the 3-credit externship must take an extra 3-credit elective in order to graduate*

6 Prerequisite for SCI292: CHM201 CHM203 and SC104 with a C or better; 

Co-requisite for SCI292: SCI281
*Students who take the 3-credit externship must take an extra 3-credit elective in order to graduate*

Choose one of the concentrations below:

Analytical Chemistry Concentration
CoursesCreditsComments
CHM280 Research Seminar in Analytical Chemistry 1 Co-requisite SCI281 or higher
Prerequisite CHM203 and ENG101
Biotechnology Concentration
CoursesCreditsComments
BIO280 Research Seminar in Biotechnology 1 Co-requisite SCI281 or higher
Prerequisite CHM203 and ENG101
Environmental Sciences Concentration
CoursesCreditsComments
ERS280 Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences 1 Co-requisite SCI281 or higher
Prerequisite CHM203 and ENG101

AND complete all electives

Electives:
CoursesCreditsComments
Math Elective 3/4 MAT120 or higher required
General Education Elective 3 Recommended Social Science Elective
General Education Elective 3 Recommended Humanities Elective
Recommend ENG102 for students planning to transfer.
General Education Elective 3 Recommended Humanities Elective
Science Elective 4 Recommended:  BIO215 or BIO220 or BIO230 or ERS125