Bachelor of Science Course Requirements

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A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Students who have completed the requirements for a B.S. degree in a related discipline at an accredited university, with preparation similar to that described above for the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree may apply to the program and, if accepted, complete the Medical Laboratory Science Professional Block, which would result in the award of a second B.S. degree. Completion of the minimum of a B.S degree and the professional block will qualify the student to sit for national certification exams. Credit may be given for experience and coursework at the discretion of the Medical Laboratory Science program director. Students whose preparation does not include the required courses listed under the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science may be required to take additional courses outside the professional block at the discretion of the Medical Laboratory Science program director. University policy requires a minimum of 32 additional credits earned beyond the first B.S. degree in order to award a second B.S. degree. Credits used to satisfy the requirements for the first degree may not be used toward the second degree’s 32 credit requirement.


A student may be awarded a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science by fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the University general education requirements (see Academic Information and Graduation Requirements). The following goal courses also satisfy specific program requirements:
    • Goal 3: MATH 1153 – Introduction to Statistics
    • Goal 4: BIOL 1101,1101L – Biology I, and Lab
    • Goal 5: CHEM 1111, 1111L, and CHEM 1112, 1112L plus additional chemistry courses to total a minimum of 16 credits and may include inorganic/organic/ biochemistry/analytical chemistry
  2. Completion of the following required courses:
    • MATH 1143 College Algebra 3 cr
    • BIOL 2206,2207 Cell Biology, and Lab 4 cr
    • BIOL 2235,2235L General Microbiology, and Lab 4 cr
    • BIOL 3301,3301L, 3302 3302L Anatomy and Physiology, and Labs 8 cr
    • BIOL 3358 Genetics 3 cr
    • BIOL 4451 Immunology 3 cr
    • BIOL 4463 Pathophysiology 4 cr OR BIOL 3305 Introduction to Pathobiology 3 cr
  3. Completion of the Medical Laboratory Science Professional degree Requirements (38 credits).
  4. Completion of elective courses. Elective courses should be selected according to the student’s interests and career needs, in conjunction with a faculty advisor. The total number of elective credit hours may include course prerequisites for general education requirements.
  5. Credits earned in the required prerequisites or Medical Laboratory Science professional block with a grade of lower than a “C-” will not be counted towards the Medical Laboratory Science requirement, but will be calculated in the total credit calculation toward graduation.


Required Courses:
CLS 4410 Phlebotomy Practicum 1 cr
CLS 4412 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 1 cr
CLS 4414 Hematology and Hemostasis 1 cr
CLS 4416 Medical Microbiology I 3 cr
CLS 4418 Medical Chemistry and Instrumentation 3 cr
CLS 4420 Medical Immunology 2 cr
CLS 4422 Basic Concepts Transfusion Medicine 2 cr
CLS 4424 Medical Laboratory Fundamentals 1 cr
CLS 4431 Medical Microbiology II 3 cr
CLS 4433 CLS Management and Education 2 cr
CLS 4435 Molecular Diagnostics 3 cr
CLS 4437 Critical Analysis of Lab Information 3 cr
CLS 4439 Advanced Concepts in Transfusion Medicine 2 cr
CLS 4441 CLS Research* 1-3 cr
CLS 4455 CLS Student Laboratory Practices 2 cr
CLS 4490 CLS General Site Practicum 1-6 cr
CLS 4491 Microbiology Practicum 2 cr
CLS 4492 Hematology and Urinalysis Practicum 2 cr
CLS 4493 Transfusion (Blood Bank) Practicum 1 cr
CLS 4494 Chemistry and Automation Practicum 1 cr

*This is a 1-credit course that may be taken for up to 3 credits. A total of 6 credits of Practicum experiences (minimum of 480 hours) is required to be eligible to take Board of Certification (BOC) national examinations. One (1) credit of Practicum experience (80 hours) is required for a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science but the graduate will NOT be eligible for BOC national certification.


Please refer to the ISU Academic Catalog for current program requirements and course descriptions.