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Science and Engineering Technology

Science and Engineering Technology AS

Program Overview

The Science and Engineering Technology degree 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.

Prestigious National Science Foundation Grant ​Awarded

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
  • Design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret the results.
  • Operate scientific instrumentation and techniques such as SEM, AFM, FTIR, GC, NMR, and HPLC ​
  • Solve science technology problems within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, and health and safety, man​

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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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    ​Minimum Program Entry Requirements
    Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

    Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722 Writing: Score of 250+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922

    Adv. Algebra & Functions: Score of 250+ or grade of "C" or better in MATH 0920

    Assessment Results and Prerequisites:
    Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

  • Career Settings

    Science technicians can work in many aspects of the laboratory process industry from basic research to clean room facility skills. Technicians operate many kinds of equipment and instrumentation, prepare samples for processing, monitor commercial production, test for product quality and collect and analyze samples. Technicians will conduct a variety of laboratory procedures, from routine process of laboratory procedures to complex research projects. A solid background in science and math along with the skills in using advanced equipment is vital for success.

    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 and Engineering Technology AS​​

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

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