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College of Natural Science

Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program

Undergraduate Programs
Biomedical Laboratory Science

The biomedical laboratory science major is designed to prepare students for careers as laboratorians in a variety of settings or to pursue graduate or advanced professional education.  The clinical laboratory experience required for national certification as a medical laboratory scientist is not included in this program.  Students desiring certification are responsible for securing accredited clinical experiences subsequent to completion of the degree and are recommended to complete the medical laboratory science concentration.  The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program will advise students in seeking and gaining clinical practicum experiences.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Laboratory Science
  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Laboratory Science.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Biomedical Laboratory Science  major is met by completing Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics 456.  That course is referenced in item 3. b. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. Courses outside Biomedical Laboratory Science (44 to 51 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (27 credits):
    BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
    CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
    CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
    MMG 365 Medical Microbiology 3
    MMG 365L Medical Microbiology Laboratory 1
    PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
    PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
    (2) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    (3) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
    STT 351 Probability and Statistics for Engineering 3
    STT 421 Statistics I 3
    (4) One of the following, either (a) or (b) (4 or 6 credits):
    (a) BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
    (b) BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
    BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3
    (5) One of the following, either (a) or (b) (4 or 8 credits):
    (a) PSL 310 Physiology for Pre-Health Professionals 4
    (b) PSL 431 Human Physiology I 4
    PSL 432 Human Physiology II 4
    (6) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    MMG 201 Fundamentals of Microbiology 3
    MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
    b. All of the following Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics courses (24 credits):
    BLD 121 Survive and Thrive Freshman Seminar 1
    BLD 204 Mechanisms of Disease 3
    BLD 213L Clinical Laboratory Methods 2
    BLD 302 Clinical Chemistry 2
    BLD 313 Quality in Clinical Laboratory Practice 3
    BLD 314L Advanced Clinical Laboratory Methods 1
    BLD 324 Hematology and Hemostasis  3
    BLD 430 Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics 2
    BLD 434 Clinical Immunology 3
    BLD 435 Immunohematology 2
    BLD 456 Medical Laboratory Professionalism (W) 2
    c. One of the following concentrations or minor:
      Clinical Chemistry (12 or 13 credits)
    (1) All of the following courses (7 credits):
       BLD  402 Advanced Clinical Chemistry  4
       CEM  333 Instrumental Methods and Applications  3
    (2) Two of the following courses (5 or 6 credits):
       BE  230 Engineering Analysis of Biological Systems  3
       CEM  255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory  2
       CEM  262 Quantitative Analysis  3
       CEM  311 Inorganic Chemistry  3
       CEM  383 Introductory Physical Chemistry I  3
       PHM  350 Introductory Human Pharmacology  3
       PHM  421 Clinical Toxicology  3
       PHM  430 Human Pharmacology  3
       PHM  450 Introduction to Chemical Toxicology  3
       Immunology (10 or 11 credits)
    (1) Both of the following courses (2 credits):
    BLD  435L  Immunohematology Laboratory  1
       BLD  452L  Immunodiagnostics Laboratory  1
    (2) Two of the following courses (2 credits): 
       BLD  439 Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics  1
       BLD  446 Immunobiology of Neoplasia  1
       BLD  447 Immunomodulation and Immunotherapy  1
    (3) One of the following courses (3 credits):
       MMG  409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology  3
       MMG  461 Molecular Pathogenesis  3
    (4) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
       EPI  390 Disease in Society: Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health 4
       IBIO  341 Fundamental Genetics  4
       MMG  465 Advanced Medical Microbiology  3
       MMG  431 Microbial Genetics  3
       Medical Microbiology (10 to 12 credits) 
    (1) All of the following courses (8 credits): 
       MMG  465 Advanced Medical Microbiology  3
       MMG  465L  Advanced Medical Microbiology Laboratory  2
       MMG  461 Molecular Pathogenesis  3
    (2) One of the following courses (2 to 4 credits):
       BE  230 Engineering Analysis of Biological Systems  3
       BLD  366 Infectious Diseases of East Africa  4
       BLD  861 Emerging Infections, Emerging Technology  2
       EPI  290 History of Scientific Reasoning and Critical Thinking in Global Public Health and Epidemiology 3
       EPI  390 Disease in Society: Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health 4
       HM  801 Introduction to Public Health  3
       IBIO  316 General Parasitology  3
       MMG  413 Virology  3
        MMG  421 Prokaryotic Cell Physiology  3
        MMG  431 Microbial Genetics  3
      Hematology and Hemostasis (9 to 11 credits)
    (1) All of the following courses (5 credits):
       BLD  424 Advanced Hematology and Hemostasis  2
       BLD  424L  Advanced Hematology, Hemostasis and Urinalysis Laboratory  1
       BLD  435L  Immunohematology Laboratory  1
       BLD  452L  Immunodiagnostics Laboratory  1
    (2) Two of the following courses (2 credits):
       BLD  439 Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics  1
       BLD  446 Immunobiology of Neoplasia  1
       BLD  447 Immunomodulation and Immunotherapy  1
    (3) One of the following courses (2 to 4 credits): 
    BLD  815 Cell Biology in Health and Disease I  2
       BLD  835 Hemostasis, Thrombosis and Effective Resource Management 3
          IBIO  408 Histology  4
       IBIO  425 Cells and Development (W) 4
       IBIO  450 Cancer Biology (W) 3
    MMG  409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology  3
    PHM  350 Introductory Human Pharmacology  3
    Medical Laboratory Science (13 credits)
       All of the following courses: 
       BLD  402 Advanced Clinical Chemistry  4
       BLD  424 Advanced Hematology and Hemostasis  2
       BLD  424L  Advanced Hematology, Hemostasis and Urinalysis Laboratory  1
       BLD  435L  Immunohematology Laboratory  1
       MMG  465 Advanced Medical Microbiology  3
       MMG  465L  Advanced Medical Microbiology Laboratory  2
       Molecular Diagnostics (10 credits)
    (1) All of the following courses (7 credits): 
        BLD  430L  Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory  1
       BLD  460 Advanced Molecular Diagnostics  2
       CMSE  201 Introduction to Computational Modeling  4
    (2) One of the following courses (3 credits):
       MMG  409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology  3
       MMG  431 Microbial Genetics  3
       MMG  433 Microbial Genomics  3
    Minor in Information Technology (19 credits)
    Students must apply to the Minor in Information Technology through the Eli Broad College of Business. Students interested in pursuing the minor must consult with the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics advisor prior to completion of the application.