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Science Technician

Science Technician Associate in Science Degree
Science Technician

Program Overview

The Science Technician Associate in Science (AS) Degree program is designed for students who are seeking employment in a science laboratory and/or who are seeking to transfer to a four-year program. 

Working in experimental laboratories or in manufacturing and industrial plants, technicians perform a number of important duties such as the operation of laboratory instrumentation, product development, evaluating product quality and testing for environmental acceptability. 

A solid background in science and math along with the skills in using advanced equipment is vital for success as a science technician.

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • How to design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret results 
  • Operate scientific instrumentation and techniques such as SEM, AFM, FTIR, GC, and HPLC 
  • Identify, formulate and solve chemical technology problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility 
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and technology in the solution of chemical technology problems
  • Solve chemical technology problems within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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  • Career Settings

    ​Science technicians can work in many scientific settings, such as: 

    • Private industry 
      • Pharmaceutical 
      • Biomedical 
      • Nanotechnology 
      • Chemical 
      • Food Science 
      • Environmental 
      • Engineering o Agriculture 
    • ​Government agencies 
      • ​​National Research Laboratories 
      • Forensics Laboratories​ 
      • DNR o Regulatory Agencies 
      • MNDOT 
    • ​Educational settings 
      • ​​Lab assistant 
      • Research Assistant
  • Transfer Pathways

    Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institution for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​

    ​Science Technician AS Degree​​

    • ​​BS Chemistry, Metropolitan State University
    • ​​BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University​​

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Gainful Employment

Chemical Technology Certificate

Career Information

Information provided by www.careerwise.mnscu.edu.

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