Laboratory Science Technology Course Descriptions

NLST-120 - Laboratory Tools

This course introduces students to the Laboratory Science Technology (LST) program's curriculum and the laboratory tools required for success in the program and as professionals in the laboratory science field. Topics will include an introduction to historical and current issues in the field, concepts of analytical testing, basic laboratory applications, fundamental technical skills used in the laboratory, laboratory safety, laboratory notebooks and information management, scientific reference and information sources, the identification and use of laboratory equipment, maintaining a laboratory environment, concepts of quality control, and the analytical process. Students begin to organize a Laboratory Science Technology portfolio. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture 4, Credits 3 (Fall)

NLST-171 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I

This course is an introduction to the fundamental theories and principles of chemistry governing the structure and behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular levels. The language of chemistry including nomenclature and symbolic representation is presented. Computational strategies applied to stoichiometry, reaction analysis and solution preparation are practiced. Laboratory activities focus on precision and accuracy in the collection of data. Chemical hygiene and safety procedures in the laboratory are emphasized. (NTID Supported Students.) Lecture/Lab 3, Credits 3 (Fall)

NLST-172 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II

This course is an introduction to the concepts of kinetics and thermodynamics. Chemical equilibrium and rate constants will be presented and quantified. The ideal gas law will be explored. Mathematical models will be developed and computational strategies will be applied and practiced. Laboratory activities will supplement course themes. Chemical hygiene and safety procedures in the laboratory are emphasized. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-171 or equivalent courses.) Lecture/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NLST-199 - Independent Study: LST

The description for each Independent Study request will be specified in each student/faculty proposal. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Independent Study, Credits 1 - 4 (Fall, Spring)

NLST-220 - Analytical Chemistry

This course introduces quantitative analysis utilizing both gravimetric and volumetric techniques. Topics include volumetric preparation and analytical procedures, acid/base and electron transfer titrations and related computational methods, and gravimetric procedures and analyses. Standard laboratory notebook protocol will be introduced and practiced. Chemical hygiene protocol and safety procedures in the laboratory are emphasized. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-171 and NLST-120 or equivalent courses.) Lecture/Lab 6, Credits 4 (Spring)

NLST-225 - Laboratory Applications

This course continues a focus on the application of laboratory tools, techniques, procedures, and scientific theory. Course topics include study of written technical procedures, technical writing, the reporting and presentation of scientific information, and topics related to the job search process and working as a professional in the field. Students synthesize information learned in previous and concurrent courses by participating in job related simulations. A Laboratory Science Technology portfolio will continue to be developed. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-220 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 4, Credits 3 (Fall)

NLST-230 - Principles of Organic Chemistry

This course provides an introduction to the principles of organic chemistry. Topics include structure, nomenclature, and properties of carbon-containing molecules according to the various functional groups that are central to organic chemistry. Investigations involving chemical reactions, data collection, and qualitative and quantitative analyses provide a framework for laboratory activities. Chemical hygiene and safety procedures in the laboratory are emphasized. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NSCI-162 and NLST-172 or equivalent courses.) Lab, Lecture 6, Credits 4 (Fall)

NLST-232 - Laboratory Mathematics

This course addresses classic laboratory calculations and elementary descriptive statistics in the context of modern information technology and computing methods. Use of hand-held calculators and computer software to exchange, analyze and chart electronically-stored data is a central focus of this course. Study is closely coordinated with student experiences in Laboratory Science Technology courses. Topics include basic descriptive statistics with quality control applications, capture and analysis of real laboratory data, exponential and logarithmic modeling, and applications of scientific concepts. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NMTH-212 or higher or have a math placement score greater than or equal to 40 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 4, Credits 3 (Fall)

NLST-235 - Principles of Biochemistry

This course provides an introduction to the principles of biochemistry through a study of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids. The metabolic pathways that involve these systems will also be explored. Principles of general and organic chemistry will be emphasized through an examination of the structures, concepts, and reactions that are central to biologically important molecules. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-230 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3, Credits 3 (Spring)

NLST-240 - Biotechnology I

This course prepares students to perform biotechnical applications in industry-specific fields of analysis. Standard methods, operating procedures, equipment/instrumentation, and protocols are introduced and reinforced. Topics include ethical issues in Biotechnology, DNA manipulation, protein analysis, tissue culture, and molecular diagnosis. Sampling, testing, and reporting in the field of biotechnology are covered. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NSCI-162 or equivalent course.) Lecture/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NLST-245 - Biotechnology II

This course prepares students to perform Biotechnology applications in industry, specifically as they relate to microorganisms, proteomics, and genomics. Topics include bacterial expression systems for production, purification and characterization of recombinant proteins. Study will include concepts of DNA manipulation/analysis and enzymology. Standard methods, operating procedures, and protocols are introduced and reinforced. Sampling, testing, and reporting in the fields of Biotechnology, microbiology and molecular biology are covered. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-240 or equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 5, Credits 3 (Spring)

NLST-250 - Quantitative Instrumental Analysis

In this course students learn and apply concepts and principles of analytical testing using laboratory instruments, instrumentation theory, and procedures. Concepts surrounding spectroscopy, electroanalytical methods, advanced and automated methods of instrumental analysis are presented. Techniques including sample preparation, instrumentation set-up and maintenance, calibration, precision measurement, safety, and data collection/analysis are introduced. Selected instrumentation presented in this course include electroanalytical meters/probes, atomic and molecular spectrophotometers, and automated instrumentation. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-220 and NLST-172 or equivalent courses.) Lab, Lecture 6, Credits 4 (Fall)

NLST-255 - Chemical Separations and Chromatography

In this course students learn and apply advanced concepts and principles in analytical testing using laboratory instruments/equipment, theory, and procedures as they relate to chemical separations and chromatographic methods of analysis. Techniques including sample preparation, instrumentation set-up and maintenance, calibration, precision measurement, safety, and data collection/analysis are studied. Selected techniques/instrumentation presented in this course include solid and liquid phase separations/extractions, liquid and gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and capillary electrophoresis. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-230 and NLST-250 or equivalent courses.) Lab, Lecture 6, Credits 4 (Spring)

NLST-260 - Laboratory Methods

This course is a capstone to the program's focus on the application of laboratory tools, techniques, procedures, and scientific theory. Professional and ethical behavior standards in the science laboratory environment and current trends in performing analyses from advanced standard methods are central to this course. Students synthesize information learned in previous and concurrent technical courses by participating in job related simulations. This course also serves as a final mechanism for Co-op preparation. Students finalize a Laboratory Science Technology portfolio. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-225 equivalent course.) Lab, Lecture 4, Credits 3 (Spring)

NLST-270 - Chemical Technology

This course prepares students to perform industry-specific applications of chemical analysis. Standard methods, operating procedures, and protocols are introduced and reinforced. Sampling, testing, and reporting in the fields of environmental, industrial, forensic, pharmaceutical, and food testing are covered. Instrumental, volumetric, and gravimetric techniques are practiced, as they relate to the fields of chemical technology. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students that have completed NLST-220 and NLST-250 or equivalent courses.) Lecture/Lab 5, Credits 3 (Fall)

NLST-289 - Special Topics: LST

The description for each Special Topics request will be specified in each course proposal. (NTID Supported Students.) Lab, Lecture, Credits 1 - 4 (Fall, Spring)

NLST-299 - Co-op: Laboratory Science Technology

This cooperative work experience gives students matriculated in the Laboratory Science Technology program a practical sampling of working in the field of laboratory sciences. Students will work under the supervision of qualified professionals while performing a variety of tasks pertaining to the field. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Co-op, Credits 0 (Fall, Spring, Summer)