Laboratory Food Science Technician

Associate Degree

This associate degree option will build upon the lab skills in the one year technical diploma, by adding additional computer skills, additional hands on lab training in microbiology and food product testing, and a study of the regulations and regulatory agencies governing food production.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in a variety of industries related to food production and safety of the food supply.  This includes but is not limited to breweries, cheese plants, sterile packaging facilities, food product testing labs, food safety testing labs.

  • Lab Technician
  • QC Scientist 1
  • Food/Beverage Manufacturing Lab Tech
  • Food Safety & Quality Auditor (Technician)
  • Process Control Technician
  • QC Lab Tech
  • Quality Assurance Tech
  • Food/Beverage Safety Coordinator
  • Food/Beverage Safety Specialist
  • Food Laboratory Technician
  • Food Lab Associate
  • Food Safety Technician
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
103-112 Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1
513-110 Basic Laboratory Skills 1
506-103 Basic Laboratory Skills II 2
506-108 Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Materials 1
801-195 Written Communication 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
806-199 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry 4
Semester 2
506-102 Intermediate Laboratory Skills 3
506-105 Quality Concepts in Laboratories 3
506-109 Data Management for Laboratory Assistants 1
801-197 Technical Reporting 3
804-189 Introductory Statistics 3
806-197 Microbiology 4
Semester 3
506-111 Food Microbiology 4
506-114 Introduction to the USDA and FDA 2
506-113 Excel and Access for the Laboratory 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
513-170 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
506-120 ServSafe Certification Preparation 1
Semester 4
506-115 Food Production Regulations / HACCP, GFSI, FSMA 2
102-131 Introduction to Business Sustainability 1
102-132 Lean Operations 1
102-133 Lean Tools 1
506-117 Food Laboratory Occupational Experience 2
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
506-112 Food and Nutritional Science 3
 Total Credits60

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
801-197Technical Reporting3
804-107College Mathematics3
804-189Introductory Statistics3
806-199General, Organic and Biological Chemistry4
809-166Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Laboratory Food Science Technical career path (PDF).