The Laboratory Technician Diploma course started in the Faculty of Science in 1972 with the primary objective of producing trained personnel for the science laboratories in the second cycle institutions and training colleges in the country. However, some of the products of the course who gained employment in educational institutions were also made to teach science subjects, while others found their way into industry and research institutes.
In view of the interest shown in the course by various stakeholders, the Faculty of Science in 1998 decided that the diploma course should be reviewed with the aim of upgrading it to a degree programme. A committee was set up and tasked to prepare a comprehensive curriculum for training leading to a B.Sc. degree in laboratory technology. The Academic Board of the University of Cape Coast approved the programme in the year 2000 to commence in the 2002/2003 academic year.