Discontinued Program - Diagnostic Molecular Science

Diagnostic Molecular Science
Program Code:
7056 Diagnostic Molecular Science
Program Level:
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
End Term:
Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Natural Science

Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program

Undergraduate Programs
Diagnostic Molecular Science

Diagnostic molecular science is the allied health profession whose practitioners specialize in performing medical laboratory tests on DNA and RNA. These tests are used to diagnose and monitor hereditary conditions and acquired diseases such as leukemia and infectious diseases. The diagnostic molecular science major is a professional program designed to prepare students for national certification in diagnostic molecular science qualifying them to work in medical laboratories performing molecular testing. Graduates will also be prepared for positions in research and industrial laboratories. The program includes courses in mathematics and statistics, molecular biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, and clinical laboratory sciences and includes a semester-long practicum experience in clinical and other laboratories. The first phase of the program is the pre-professional and preparatory courses that include the university and college requirements as well as prerequisites to the major courses. The second phase is the on-campus professional (major) courses. The third phase is a clinical practicum in clinical and other laboratories.

Admission as a Junior

Enrollment in the diagnostic molecular science major is limited. A new class is admitted at the junior level each calendar year. Applications for admission must be received by December 1 in the year in which admission is sought.

To be considered for admission, the applicant must meet the following minimal criteria, in addition to the College of Natural Science requirements:

  1. Have an overall grade-point average of 2.5.
  2. Have completed a minimum of 56 credits which must include the following courses:
    1. Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics 213.
    2. Chemistry 162, 251, and 252.
    3. Mathematics 116 or equivalent.
    4. Biological Science 161 and 171.

Applications for admission to the diagnostic molecular science major are reviewed by a committee of the faculty. Factors considered by the admission committee in the applicant’s review and admission action are (1) grade-point average in science and non-science courses, (2) grade-point average for selected preclinical laboratory science courses, (3) diagnostic laboratory exposure, (4) interview, and (5) written compositions.

Academic Standards

To progress to the clinical phase of the curriculum, students must earn a 2.0 or higher in Zoology 341, and Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics 436 and 438.

A specific statement of the policies for the clinical phase is provided in the Student Policies for Diagnostic Molecular Science Students. These policies are provided to all students upon acceptance to the major, but may be obtained earlier from the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program, 322 N. Kedzie Hall. Admitted students are responsible for knowing and adhering to these program policies.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Diagnostic Molecular 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 Diagnostic Molecular Science.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Diagnostic Molecular Science major is met by completing Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics 455. 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.

    The completion of Statistics 200 or 201 referenced in item 3. a. (4) may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
  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 diagnostics (46 or 47 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (33 credits):
    BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
    BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3
    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
    PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
    PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
    ZOL 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    (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 (4 credits):
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    PSL 310 Physiology for Pre-Health Professionals 4
    (4) 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 421 Statistics I 3
    (5) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    STT 371 Statistical Biology 3
    STT 422 Statistics II 3
    STT 464 Statistics for Biologists 3
    b. All of the following biomedical laboratory diagnostics courses (29 credits):
    BLD 204 Mechanisms of Disease 3
    BLD 213 Application of Clinical Laboratory Principles 2
    BLD 220 Preparing for a Health Professions Career 1
    BLD 414 Clinical Chemistry Analysis and Practice 3
    BLD 436 Principles of Diagnostic Molecular Science 2
    BLD 437 Clinical Applications of Diagnostic Molecular Science 2
    BLD 438 Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory 2
    BLD 442 Education and Management in the Clinical Laboratory 2
    BLD 455 Integrating Clinical Laboratory Science Discipline (W) 2
    BLD 482 Advanced Diagnostic Molecular Science 2
    BLD 483 Molecular Diagnostic Experience in Hematopathology and Oncology 2
    BLD 484 Molecular Diagnostic Experience in Infectious Disease 2
    BLD 485 Molecular Diagnostic Experience in Inherited and Predictive Genetics 2
    BLD 486 Molecular Diagnostic Experience in Genotyping and Individual Identification 2
    c. At least two of the following courses (5 to 7 credits):
    BLD 324 Fundamentals of Hematology, Hemostasis, and Urinalysis 3
    BLD 416 Clinical Chemistry 4
    BLD 424 Advanced Hematology, Hemostasis, and Urinalysis 2
    BLD 434 Clinical Immunology 3
    MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
    MMG 431 Microbial Genetics 3
    MMG 433 Microbial Genomics 3
    MMG 445 Microbial Biotechnology (W) 3
    MMG 463 Medical Microbiology 3
    ZOL 450 Cancer Biology (W) 3