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Applied Laboratory Science Technology (ALST), AS

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Natural Sciences Division
Degree S0307

This program provides theoretical and technical training to prepare students for employment as entry-level chemical technicians in fields such as chemical quality control, chemical process control, analytical chemistry, water quality, and research and development. The program includes a broad-based overview of workforce options and emphasizes development of analytical skills, instrument proficiency, critical thinking, and troubleshooting of experimental designs and outcomes.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
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    • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

      Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 29-2012.00

      Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $48.80

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $58,145.65
      Annual Job Openings
      2,703

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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  • Applied Laboratory Science Technology (ALST), AS

    Natural Sciences Division
    Degree S0307

    This program provides theoretical and technical training to prepare students for employment as entry-level chemical technicians in fields such as chemical quality control, chemical process control, analytical chemistry, water quality, and research and development. The program includes a broad-based overview of workforce options and emphasizes development of analytical skills, instrument proficiency, critical thinking, and troubleshooting of experimental designs and outcomes.

    This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    BUSM 10Principles of Continuous Quality Improvement3
    CHEM 20Introductory Organic and Biochemistry5
    CHEM 50General Chemistry I5
    or CHEM 50H General Chemistry I - Honors
    CHEM 51General Chemistry II5
    Choose six or seven units from the following:6-7
    MICR 22
    Microbiology
    PHIL 12
    Introduction to Ethics
    or PHIL 12H
    Introduction to Ethics - Honors
    SPCH 26
    Interpersonal Communication
    or SPCH 26H
    Interpersonal Communication - Honors
    Total Units24-25

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