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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 Code Description                                                                                                                                              Credits     
CSC 115             Computer Applications                                               3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
SGT 113 Introduction to Scientific Glass 6
  Humanities Elective 3
  Semester Credits 15


Second Semester

Course Code Description                                                                                                                              Credits
ENG 122 Business and Occupational Writing 3
SGT 114 Basic Apparatus Fabrication 6
SGT 115 Technical Drawing and CAD for Glassblowers 3
  Social Science Elective 3
  Semester Credits 15


Third Semester

Course Code Description                                                                                                                        Credits   
BUS 102 Introduction to Business 3
CHM 130 Basic and Organic Chemistry I 3
SGT 210 Advanced Fabrication I 6
  Open Elective 2
  Semester Credits 14


Fourth Semester

Course Code        Description                                                                                                                                                                     Credits          
CHM 108 Organic Chemistry for Glassblowers 3
FNA 120 Cold Glass Assemblage & Surface Treatment 3
SGT 211 Advanced Fabrication II 6
  Mathematics Elective 3
  Semester Credits 16
  Total Credits 60