Medical Laboratory Science B.S.

Bachelor of Science - Medical Laboratory Science

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 86 (4+1), 99 (3+1)

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2021-22

Note: A Medical Laboratory Science degree prepares students to perform various chemical, histological, and microbial laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis, study, and treatment of disease. Students with this degree seek employment in hospital laboratories, physicians' offices, and health departments. For clinical practice, a student must be certified through the Board of Registry by completing a one-year clinical practicum.

General Education Requirement

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog.

Summary

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Lower-Division Biology Courses

8

Required Courses Outside the Major

8

Tracks

70-83

4 + 1 Track

3 + 1 Track

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Total Hours

86-99


Lower Division Biology Courses

Note: Either BIOB 160N (C- or better) or BCH 110/BCH 111 (C- or better) or BIOH 112 (B- or better) must be taken as a prerequisite for BIOB 260, unless a student has AP Biology credit.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOB 260

Cellular and Molecular Biology

4

BIOB 272

Genetics and Evolution

4

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Courses Outside the Major

Mathematics - Calculus

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

4

M 162

Applied Calculus

M 171

Calculus I

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics

4

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Medical Laboratory Science; Track: 4 + 1

Note: The 4+1 track is the more flexible option, in which students complete the four years of the Bachelor's degree on the UM campus. Students may apply to a clinical practicum program anywhere in the country.

Required Major Courses for Medical Laboratory Science 4 + 1 Track

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BCH 380

Biochemistry

4

BIOB 410

Immunology

3

BIOB 411

Immunology Laboratory

2

BIOH 365
& BIOH 366

Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions I Laboratory

4

BIOH 405

Hematology

3

BIOM 360

General Microbiology

3

BIOM 361

General Microbiology Lab

2

BIOM 402

Medical Bacteriology& Mycology

3

BIOM 403

Medicl Bacteriolgy & Myclgy Lb

2

BIOM 407

Clinical Diagnosis

2

BIOM 408

Clinical Diagnosis Lab

1

BIOM 427

General Parasitology

2

BIOM 428

General Parasitology Lab

2

BIOM 435

Virology

3

Total Hours

36

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

CHMY 141N
& CHMY 142N

College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab

5

CHMY 143N
& CHMY 144N

College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab

5

CHMY 221
& CHMY 222

Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab

5

CHMY 223
& CHMY 224

Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab

5

CHMY 311

Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis

4

Total Hours

24

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:

10

Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:

PHSX 205N
& PHSX 206N

College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory

PHSX 207N
& PHSX 208N

College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory

Calculus-based Physics:

PHSX 215N
& PHSX 216N

Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc

PHSX 217N
& PHSX 218N

Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc

Total Hours

10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Medical Laboratory Science; Track: 3 + 1

Note: The 3+1 track is the faster option, as the clinical practicum year is part of the degree. Three years are spent on the UM campus, and then the clinical practicum year with the Montana University System Medical Laboratory Training program (or with one of our affiliated programs) is the fourth year of the Bachelor's degree. Note: this degree requires a total of 130 credits.

Required Major Courses for Medical Laboratory Science 3 + 1

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BCH 380

Biochemistry

4

BIOB 410

Immunology

3

BIOH 365
& BIOH 366

Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions I Laboratory

4

BIOH 405

Hematology

3

BIOM 360

General Microbiology

3

BIOM 361

General Microbiology Lab

2

BIOM 402

Medical Bacteriology& Mycology

3

BIOM 403

Medicl Bacteriolgy & Myclgy Lb

2

BIOM 427

General Parasitology

2

BIOM 428

General Parasitology Lab

2

BIOM 435

Virology

3

Total Hours

31

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Required Professional Practicum

Note: The student must apply for the professional practicum to one of our affiliated programs during the autumn prior to enrollment. To be competitive for this practicum, a student must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of ~3.0, and demonstrate a commitment to the clinical laboratory profession. For more information, visit the Medical Laboratory Sciences website. Contact Dr. Mike Minnick to apply for the practicum.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOH 470

Summer Clinical Laboratory

12

BIOH 471

Professional Training I

13

BIOH 472

Professional Training II

12

Total Hours

37

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

CHMY 141N
& CHMY 142N

College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab

5

CHMY 143N
& CHMY 144N

College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab

5

CHMY 221
& CHMY 222

Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab

5

Total Hours

15

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule:

  • Complete the equivalent of a full writing course (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 2/3 writing course + one 1/3 writing course or one complete writing course).

  • To meet the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Medical Laboratory Science 4+1 students take BIOB 410 (a 1/3 writing course) and BIOB 411 (a 2/3 writing course).

  • To meet the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Medical Laboratory Science 3+1 students take two 1/3 writing courses (BIOB 410 and BIOM 402). The Advanced College Writing Requirement is completed with one more course, chosen from any of the following. (BIOB 411 is recommended by clinical practicum programs).

1/3 Advanced Writing Courses

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

BCH 482

Advanced Biochemistry II

3

BIOB 410

Immunology

3

BIOB 425

Adv Cell & Molecular Biology

3

BIOB 483

Phylogenics and Evolution

3

BIOE 403

Comparative Vert Anatomy

4

BIOE 409

Behavior & Evolution Discussion

1

BIOE 428

Freshwater Ecology

5

BIOL 484

Plant Evolution

3

BIOM 402

Medical Bacteriology& Mycology

3

BIOO 320

General Botany

5

BIOO 434

Plant Physiology Lab

1

BIOO 470

Ornithology

4

BIOO 475

Mammalogy

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

BCH 486

Biochemistry Research Lab

3

BCH 499

Senior Thesis/Capstone

3-6

BIOB 411

Immunology Laboratory (recommended)

2

BIOB 499

Undergraduate Thesis

3-6

BIOE 342

Field Ecology

5

BIOE 371

Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)

2

BIOM 411

Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab

1

BIOM 499

Undergraduate Thesis

3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete Advanced Writing Course

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

BIOH 462

Principles Medical Physiology

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-