Laboratory Food Science Technician

Associate Degree
10-506-6

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
506-108 Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Materials 1
102-148 Introduction to Business and Management 3
801-195 Written Communication 3
806-199 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry 4
804-134
Mathematical Reasoning
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
3
 Credits16
Semester 2
506-102 Intermediate Laboratory Skills 3
506-105 Quality Concepts in Laboratories 3
506-109 Data Management for Laboratory Assistants 1
804-189 Introductory Statistics 3
806-197 Microbiology 4
801-198 Speech 3
 Credits17
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
513-170 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
506-120 ServSafe Certification Preparation 1
 Credits15
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
 Credits13
 Total Credits61

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
804-189Introductory Statistics3
806-197Microbiology4
806-199General, Organic and Biological Chemistry4
809-198Introduction to Psychology3
801-198Speech3
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-196Introduction to Sociology3