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Three Laboratory Science degree students run testing under the close watch of a faculty member

Are you interested in pursuing a career in science? The Laboratory Science Program will train you for a laboratory career in a variety of fields, including biotechnology, environmental sciences, and analytical chemistry.

Why Choose NECC?

With Lab Science at NECC, you will be able to get a job when you graduate with your associate degree, or you can transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree in a related science field. (Some of our students do both and get great jobs while continuing their education!) With this program, you will:

  • Get hands-on training in NECC’s state-of-the art labs
  • Learn the foundational knowledge in science and laboratory skills you need to succeed
  • Participate in a laboratory intensive research project
  • Gain real-world experience through an internship at a professional lab in the area
  • Take part in professional development and networking opportunities

Because of NECC

You will be able to join our other graduates who have found success in their careers. After completing the lab science program at NECC, you can:

  • get a great job as an entry-level lab technician
  • transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree
  • work in medical, hospital, forensics, or quality control (QC) labs in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical manufacturing, or environmental industries


I went from being an unmotivated student to a driven lab science major because of Northern Essex.”

April Anamisis, Lab Science

Quick Stats


91% of graduates have found jobs in the science field or transferred to a 4-year college/university


For graduates who seek a career after NECC, 80% found jobs


Mass. is #1 one employer and highest paying employer of lab technicians in the country

Hear What Students and Faculty Have to Say

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Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree.

Career Paths & Job Market

Career Paths & Job Market

Career Paths & Job Market

Graduates will be able to pursue work as entry-level laboratory technicians in drug companies, cellular technology companies, medical labs, manufacturing companies, small environmental testing companies, the EPA, DEP, and other wildlife or state agencies. You could also transfer to a four-year college or university. Job prospects are very good and are expected to continue to grow. For more information regarding career trends, salary, and work settings for laboratory science graduates, please visit: US Bureau of Labor Statistics/Science Occupations

Watch an NECC Laboratory Science Career Video

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Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes - Associate of Applied Science in Laboratory Science

Student Learning Outcomes – Associate of Applied Science in Laboratory Science

  • Comprehend, translate, and use the language of biotechnology, chemistry, forensic science, and the environmental sciences.
  • Perform standard laboratory practices and workplace functions.
  • Demonstrate ability to carry out standard laboratory techniques and operate common laboratory equipment used in biotechnology, chemistry, forensic science, and environmental sciences.
  • Conduct mathematical and computational operations involved in the laboratory, including the use of applicable software.
  • Display appropriate professional and interpersonal skills for the workplace.

Courses, Requirements, and Program Notes





If you’d like more information on the Laboratory Science Program, please contact us!

Dr. Mike Cross

Phone: 978-556-3362 Email:

Dr. Kevin Mitchell

Phone: 978-556-3343 Email:

Dr. Kimberly Waligora

Phone: 978-556-3567 Email:

Dr. Marguerite White-Jeanneau

Phone: 978-556-3345 Email:

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