Laboratory Food Science Technician

Laboratory Food Science Technician
Associate Degree
60 Credits
Monroe Campus

Flexible Learning Options

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Several classes in this program are offered in one or more of the following formats:

What You’ll Learn

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

Making sure the food we eat is safe is just one of the tasks of a laboratory food science technician. Depending on the area of the food lab you may work, you have the opportunity to conduct tests on foods, evaluate the results, and establish the nutritional content; you could measure the number of preservatives and other additives to ensure people know what’s going on with the food they eat, or you could work in research and experiment with different food storage methods. You could also work in development where your focus would be on making and improving existing food products. It’s a smorgasbord of opportunities and if you are intrigued by the study of food and food processes then you should consider a career in food science.

BTC’s Laboratory Food Science Technician program is an associate degree program that builds upon the lab skills taught in the one year, Laboratory Technical Assistant program with additional computer skills, hands-on microbiology training, quality control standards, food product tests and an in-depth study of the regulations and regulatory agencies governing food production. The program is offered at the Monroe campus, with classes running during the day, evenings, and on Saturdays, making this program ideal for you if you are working full-time. In addition, this program will prepare you for certification in SERVSAFE, Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Points (HACCP), and Six Sigma Green Belt. Non-lab instructional content is delivered online. Semesters begin in August, January, and June and most students complete the program in three years.

Estimated Program Costs & Potential Earnings

Median Wage


*based on EMSI Occupational Employment Statistics

Potential Careers

Lab Technician
QC Scientist
Food/Beverage Manufacturing Lab Tech
Food Safety & Quality Auditor (Technician)
Process Control Technician
QC Lab Tech
Quality Assurance Tech
Food/Beverage Safety Coordinator
Food Beverage Safety Specialist
Food Laboratory Technician
Food Lab Associate
Food Safety Technician

Career Pathway

Previous education and work experience could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning saving you time and money. Find out more about what may apply to this program.
Laboratory Food Science Technician
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