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Laboratory Science Technician

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Associate of Applied Science


The Laboratory Science Technician (formerly the Chemical Technician) program prepares you for employment in research and experimental laboratories with private companies, government agencies, universities and hospitals. Technical knowledge and skills are developed in routine to complex chemical laboratory procedures and processes. Laboratory science technicians may specialize in food processing, production of drugs or renewable energy in manufacturing or other industrial plants. The program provides a solid emphasis in chemistry and biology while giving students practical, hands-on experience learning laboratory procedures and using laboratory instrumentation and equipment. An internship offers real-world experience in a pharmaceutical lab, an ethanol plant or a food manufacturing company. Laboratory science technicians work to assist chemists in setting up and performing tests on products or in developing new methods. As the food and drug industries continue to grow, and with renewable energy at the forefront, employment opportunities as a laboratory science technician are excellent.

Laboratory Science Technician

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, an applicant to this program must be a high school graduate or equivalent and meet the minimum entrance requirement (ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra 60) for MAT:102.

Laboratory Science Technician

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 68

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
BCA:212 Intro to Business Computer Apps 3.0
BIO:112 General Biology I 4.0
CHT:100 Applied Chemistry I 3.0
CHT:102 Applied Chemistry I Lab 1.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0


Term 2
BIO:113 General Biology II 4.0
BIO:248 Introduction to Bioscience Technology 4.0
CHT:116 Safety in the Laboratory 1.0
CHT:200 Applied Chemistry II 3.0
CHT:202 Applied Chemistry II Lab 1.0
CHT:275 Applied Chemical Analysis 3.0


Term 3
CHT:900 Lab Science Technician Internship 2.0


Term 4
CHT:210 Applied Instrumentation I 3.0
CHT:211 Applied Instrumentation II 3.0
CHT:250 Applied Organic Chemistry 3.0
CHT:251 Applied Organic Chemistry Lab 1.5
MAT:156 Statistics 3.0
PHY:106 Survey of Physics OR 4.0
PHY:162 College Physics I 4.0


Term 5
BIO:183 Microbiology 3.0
BIO:184 Microbiology Lab 1.0
CHT:215 Environmental Chemistry 4.0
CHT:260 Applied Biochemistry 3.0
CHT:261 Applied Biochemistry Lab 1.5
CHT:300 Intro to Chemistry Laboratory Research Methods


PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0

Laboratory Science Technician

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary (Statewide)

  • $23,495 - $32,569 - Agricultural & Food Science Technicians
  • $34,163 - $49,906 - Environmental Science & Protection Technicians, Including Health
  • $25,606 - $39,475 - Forest & Conservation Technicians
  • $30,589 - $44,231 -  Life, Physical, & Social Science Technicians, All Other

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Laboratory Science Technician

Additional Information:


Jeff Murphy, MA
Dean of Arts and Science-Calmar
800.728.2256, ext. 235

Gordy Hunter
Chemistry Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 127