Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Science Program
(Formerly Chemical Technology Program)

The Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Science (PLS) Program at Southwestern College is now fully developed and approved. Creation of the program was funded, in part, by a grant from the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Associate in Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement programs are available to prepare students for careers as Chemical Technicians in the rich chemistry-based San Diego workforce.

Mission Statement

The Southwestern College Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Science Program is dedicated to preparing students for careers as Chemical Technicians.

The Associate of Science degree and Certificate programs include a comprehensive collection of instructional and laboratory experiences directed toward readying graduates for entry-level positions in a wide variety of chemistry-based industries such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, paints and coatings, inks and dyes, and electronic materials.

The program curriculum is structured to equip students with many of the technical skills and competencies identified by the American Chemical Society as essential in the preparation of well-trained Chemical Technicians.

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Richard Fielding
Interim Dean of Math, Science & Engineering
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
(619) 421-6700 ext. 6344


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