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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 62/63 credit hours are required for graduation.

A grade of C or better is required in all Science courses in order to continue to the next semester.

NOTE: Students who choose the 3-credit externship (as opposed to the 6-credit externship) must take an additional 3-credit elective to graduate in addition to the 9 elective credits required.

NOTE: MAT021 Basic Algebra I must be taken before entry into the program.

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:
Courses Credits Comments
BIO230 Cell Biology 4 Prerequisite: BIO111 or higher OR SCI105 OR CHM121 with a C or better.
CHM121 General Chemistry I 4 Co-requisite 
Prerequisite: CHM111 OR SCI105 all with a C or Better
CHM201 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry 4 Prerequisite: CHM121 and SCI106  OR BIO220 all with a C or better
CHM203 Instrumental Analysis 4 Prerequisite MAT120 or higher, and SCI106 or CHM122 all with C or better
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
FYS101 First Year Seminar 3 FYS101-199 or CSS101
MAT125 Statistics 4 Prerequisite MAT120 or higher with C or better
SCI100 Basic Lab Calculations 1  
SCI105 Integrated Science I 4 Prerequisite: MAT021 with a C or better;
Co-requisite: SCI100 and MAT022
SCI106 Integrated Science II 4 Prerequisite SCI105 with C or better
SCI281 Research Experience Laboratory   Co-requisite: One of the following: CHM280 or ERS280 or BIO280 

Prerequisite: CHM201, CHM203, SCI106, and ENG101 all with a C or better; may not be taken concurrently

SCI291 Externship in Laboratory Science I
or
SCI292 Externship in Laboratory Science II
3

Prerequisite: CHM203, CHM201, and SCI104 all with C or better
Co-requisite: SCI281
*Students who take the 3-credit externship must take an extra 3-credit elective in order to graduate

6 Prerequisite: CHM201, CHM203, and SCI104 all with C or better
Co-requisite: SCI 281

Choose one of the concentrations below:

Analytical Chemistry Concentration
Courses Credits Comments
CHM280 Research Seminar in Analytical Chemistry 1 Co-requisite: SCI281
Prerequisite: CHM203 and ENG101 all with a C or better.
Biotechnology Concentration
Courses Credits Comments
BIO280 Research Seminar in Biotechnology 1 Co-requisite: SCI281
Prerequisite: CHM203, SCI106, and ENG101 all with a minimum grade of C or better. May not be taken concurrently.
Environmental Sciences Concentration
Courses Credits Comments
ERS280 Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences 1 Co-requisite: SCI281
Prerequisite: CHM203 and ENG101 all with a C or better

AND complete all electives

Electives:
Courses Credits Comments
Computer Science Elective 3/4 CSI110 or higher
Math Elective 3/4 MAT120 or higher required
General Education Elective 3 Recommended Social Science Elective to fulfill Global Awareness requirement. Ex:ANT101, GEO101, HIS111
General Education Elective 3 Recommended Humanities Elective
to fulfill Global Awareness requirement. Ex: foreign language, ART104, LIT224, LIT263, LIT271, MUS112
General Education Elective 3 Recommended Humanities Elective to fulfill Public Presentation requirement. Ex: COM111, COM115