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Science Technician Associate of Science Degree
Science Technician

Program Overview

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

Science technicians work in many aspects of the laboratory industry from basic research to clean room facilities. They work in a variety of sub-fields, such as biotechnology, microbiology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical research, chemical technology, science manufacturing, and materials engineering. Technicians operate many kinds of equipment and instrumentation, prepare samples for processing, monitor commercial production, test for product quality, and collect and analyze samples. They conduct a variety of laboratory procedures, from routine processes to complex research projects. Students in this program take core courses in research and instrumentation. 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​

Program Highlights

  • Industry-related internship or research experience
  • Peer and industry mentoring
  • Operate scientific instrumentation and techniques such as SEM, AFM, FTIR, GC, NMR and HPLC 
  • Solve real-world 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 
      • Biotechnology
      • Nanotechnology 
      • Chemical 
      • Food Science 
      • Environmental 
      • Engineering
      • Agriculture
    • ​Government agencies 
      • ​​National Research Laboratories 
      • Forensics Laboratories​ 
      • DNR
      • 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​​

  • Related Programs

  • Additional Benefits

    • ​​​Students complete an industry-related internship or research project in conjunction with an industry partner and Saint Paul College faculty member.
    • Science Technician Research Project
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