Life Science Laboratory Assistant, Certificate of Specialization

Florissant Valley

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in life science research, development, and production. In addition, this short-term program, designed to be delivered in two semesters, acts as a bridge into the college’s AAS Biotechnology program and other STEM programs. The certificate includes contextualized and integrated courses in life science and biotechnology delivered in a Learning Community setting. A Learning Community consists of a group of students in the program, instructors, and tutors that work together toward successful completion of the program by students.

Admission to the program is contingent upon meeting the established minimum criteria of placement scores. Students will be expected to take part in additional classroom enrichment and engagement activities, such as industry tours, as part of the program.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to perform routine technical duties and tasks in a life science research, development, or production setting using applied knowledge of science, math, and laboratory techniques.
  2. practice effective oral, written, and electronic communication including keeping a laboratory notebook.
  3. utilize laboratory protocols and standard operating procedures, including necessary calculations, to complete scientific work.
  4. analyze the results of laboratory techniques performed and provide conclusions based on evidence obtained, including troubleshooting errors and improving methodology for future use.
  5. articulate the importance of staying technically current and keeping pace with rapidly occurring changes in life science and its applications.
  6. analyze how biotechnology impacts global issues such as ethics, societal, and environmental concerns.
BIO 100Introduction to Life Science Laboratory Skills3
BIO 104Basic Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology3
BIO 111Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4
MTH 140Intermediate Algebra3
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
Total Credit Hours16
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4Reading Proficiency.
MTH 140 Intermediate Algebra3MTH 030 or MTH 040 with grades of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test and Reading Proficiency. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 3 years.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
Credit Hours10
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 100 Introduction to Life Science Laboratory Skills3BIO 111, MTH 030 and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 104 Basic Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology3MTH 030 or MTH 040 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
Credit Hours6
Total Credit Hours16

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.