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Scientific Glass Technology

Associate in Applied Science


The only program of its kind in the nation, Scientific Glass Technology combines classroom study and hands-on laboratory techniques, technical drawing and advanced fabrication. Students develop a solid understanding of scientific glassblowing so they are able to fabricate apparatus according to technical specifications.

Scientific glassblowers create glass apparatus for scientific research in laboratories, universities, and industry; they play a vital role in diverse avenues of inquiry. Some of the fields and industries served by this unique skill include:

  • aero space
  • biological research
  • chemical and mechanical engineering
  • earth science
  • electro-optical systems
  • food science
  • medical and pharmaceutical
  • physics
  • semi-conductor

Graduates of Salem Community College have earned positions at a variety of employers including Proctor and Gamble, 3M, GE Global Research, Chemglass Life Sciences, Pope Scientific, Cannon Instruments, Meggitt PLC, Phillips Healthcare, L-3 Communications, the University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Cal Tech Institute, Temple University, the University of Botswana, the Australian National University, the Savannah River Nuclear Site, the National Institute of Health, Argonne National Laboratory…among numerous others.

Upon successfully completing this program, students should be able to:

  • utilize and improve skills to fabricate more intricately designed glass apparatus;
  • fabricate functional apparatus according to research and industrial technical specifications;
  • demonstrate the ability to produce, read and understand glass shop drawings; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of function of individual glass apparatus as well as chemical systems




See some examples of student glass work

Glass Student Gallery


First Semester

Course CodeCourse NameCreditsFeeTuitionTotal
CSC115Computer Applications3$0.00$555.00$555.00
ENG101English Composition I3$0.00$555.00$555.00
SGT113Introduction to Scientific Glass6$500.00$1110.00$1610.00
HUM-ELECHumanities Elective3$0.00$555.00$555.00

* - Subtotal is cost before any anticipated financial aid is applied.

Second Semester

Course CodeCourse NameCreditsFeeTuitionTotal
ENG122Business and Occupational Writing3$0.00$555.00$555.00
SGT114Basic Apparatus Fabrication6$500.00$1110.00$1610.00
SGT115Technical Drawing and CAD for Glassblowers3$94.50$555.00$649.50
SOC-ELECSocial Science Elective3$0.00$555.00$555.00

* - Subtotal is cost before any anticipated financial aid is applied.

Third Semester

Course CodeCourse NameCreditsFeeTuitionTotal
BUS102Introduction to Business3$0.00$555.00$555.00
CHM130Basic and Organic Chemistry3$94.50$555.00$649.50
SGT210Advanced Fabrication I6$550.00$1110.00$1660.00
OPE-ELECOpen Elective3$0.00$555.00$555.00

* - Subtotal is cost before any anticipated financial aid is applied.

Fourth Semester

Course CodeCourse NameCreditsFeeTuitionTotal
CHM108Organic Chemistry for Glassblowers4$126.00$740.00$866.00
FNA120Cold Glass Assemblage and Surface Treatment3$350.00$555.00$905.00
SGT211Advanced Fabrication II6$550.00$1110.00$1660.00
MAT-ELEC-3CR3 Credit Math Elective3$0.00$555.00$555.00

* - Subtotal is cost before any anticipated financial aid is applied.

Total Program Cost: $14,050.00*

* - Tuition is based on the current in-county rate.

** - Elective tuition and fees may vary depending upon actual course selection.