Biomedical Science Major: Medical Laboratory Sciences Option (B.S.)

https://colsa.unh.edu/molecular-cellular-biomedical-sciences/program/bs/biomedical-science-major-medical-laboratory

The Biomedical Science: Medical Laboratory Science (BMS:MLS) program provides you with the medical knowledge and understanding of diagnostic testing needed for a fulfilling career in the biomedical sciences, including as an American College of Clinical Pathology-certified Medical Laboratory Scientist.

As a Biomedical Science: Medical Laboratory Science major, you will:

  • learn to determine the presence, extent, or absence of human disease through understanding the diagnostic testing that medical professionals use to make these determinations (70% of physician decisions are based on diagnostic testing results)
  • obtain hands-on experience by performing immunological, biochemical, molecular, and microbiological procedures that aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease

Unique features of the MLS option include:

  • the only 4-year degree program in NH that includes a path for students to become certified as Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and that is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
  • Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists are in high demand and easily find employment in hospitals and medical centers throughout the country
  • the MLS program is affiliated with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and NorDx/Maine Medical Center

Careers or post-baccalaureate education of previous Medical Laboratory Science graduates include:

  • certified medical laboratory scientists (ASCP) in diagnostic testing  laboratories in hospitals and industry
  • research scientists/laboratory technicians
    • biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
    • biomedical research facilities
    • forensic laboratories
    • hospital reference laboratories
    • government public health laboratories
  • secondary school educators (with additional coursework in education)
  • diagnostic product development
  • sales and marketing
  • state and federal government agencies (e.g., U.S. Food and Drug Administration).
  • professional health programs
  • graduate programs
    • microbiology
    • biomedical science
    • biochemistry
    • nursing
    • public health
    • business administration

The Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program is NAACLS accredited and follows accreditation requirements. Students in this option take four Foundation courses, five Bioscience Core courses, six BMS:MLS core courses, and five Major Elective courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  In addition, all other University academic requirements must be completed, including those for Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement.

A grade of C-minus or above is required in BMS:MLS Core Courses.

Foundation Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
5
Select one of the following statistics courses: 3
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
or PSYC 402 Statistics in Psychology
or SOC 402 Statistics
or MATH 439 Statistical Discovery for Everyone

Bioscience Core Courses

BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
Select one of the following:
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
4-5
or BMS 501 Microbes in Human Disease
Select one of the following:
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 2, 40 or 4

BMS-MLS Core Courses

BMS 401Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences1
BMS 560
BMS 561
Body Fluids
and Body Fluids Laboratory
4
BMS 602
BMS 603
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMS 642
BMS 643
Clinical Immunology and Serology
and Clinical Serology Laboratory
4
BMS 650Molecular Diagnostics4
BMS 720Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology 53

BMS-MLS Major Electives

A total of five unique Major Electives is required.  Two courses must have a laboratory component.

Choose TWO Major Electives with a Laboratory
BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 644
BMS 645
Clinical Hematology
and Clinical Hematology Laboratory 6
5
BMS 656
BMS 657
Immunohematology
and Blood Banking Laboratory 6
4
BMS 658
BMS 659
Medical Biochemistry
and Clinical Chemistry Laboratory 6
5
BMS 706
BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
5
BMS 721Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology Laboratory 5,62
BMS 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
Choose THREE Major Electives from the list below (FOUR if BMS 721 is counted as a Laboratory course)
BMS 610Biomedical Lab Management 64
BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 635Preceptorial in Prehospital Care2
BMS 640Phlebotomy Theory 62
BMS 641Phlebotomy Clinical Internship 61-2
BMS 644Clinical Hematology 63
BMS 644
BMS 645
Clinical Hematology
and Clinical Hematology Laboratory 6
5
BMS 644
BMS 646
Clinical Hematology
and Clinical Hemostasis 6
4
BMS 656
BMS 657
Immunohematology
and Blood Banking Laboratory 6
4
BMS 658
BMS 659
Medical Biochemistry
and Clinical Chemistry Laboratory 6
5
BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 703Infectious Disease and Health4
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 706
BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
5
BMS 711Toxicology4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions4
BMS 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory4
BMS 730Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMS 749Case Studies in Hematology and Immunology2
BMS 750Case Studies in Microbiology 62
BMS 751Advanced Clinical Microbiology Internship 65
BMS 752Advanced Hematology Internship 65
BMS 753Advanced Immunohematology Internship 65
BMS 754Advanced Clinical Chemistry Internship 65
BMS 761Clinical Microbiology Internship20
BMS 763Clinical Immunohematology Internship20
BMS #764Clinical Chemistry Internship20
BMS 790Undergraduate Teaching Experience1-4
BMS 795Investigations in Biomedical Science1-8
BMS 795WInvestigations in Biomedical Science1-8
BMS 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMCB 605Principles of Cell Biology4
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
GEN 706Human Genetics4
GEN 721Comparative Genomics4
SOC 635WMedical Sociology4
Other Internships 7

Approved BMS:MLS Capstone Courses

The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).  Students may take more than one capstone course.  Capstone completion is never displayed on Degree Works; your advisor will certify capstone completion at the time of graduation. Students must have 90 credits or more when completing their capstone requirement.  See your advisor for questions about capstones.

BMS 635Preceptorial in Prehospital Care2
BMS 656Immunohematology3
BMS 658Medical Biochemistry3
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions4
BMS 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMS 747Case Studies in Bloodbanking1
BMS 748Case Studies in Medical Biochemistry1
BMS 749Case Studies in Hematology and Immunology2
BMS 750Case Studies in Microbiology2
BMS 751Advanced Clinical Microbiology Internship5
BMS 752Advanced Hematology Internship5
BMS 753Advanced Immunohematology Internship5
BMS 754Advanced Clinical Chemistry Internship5
BMS 761Clinical Microbiology Internship20
BMS 763Clinical Immunohematology Internship20
BMS #764Clinical Chemistry Internship20
BMS 790Undergraduate Teaching Experience (2 semesters, including lab presentation or instruction)1-4
BMS 795Investigations in Biomedical Science1-8
BMS 795WInvestigations in Biomedical Science1-8
BMS 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4
Other Internships 7

For a Capstone experience not listed above, such as an internship, submit a Capstone Experience Approval form prior to beginning the experience. 

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Medical Laboratory Science

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BMS 401 Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences 1
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
BMS 507
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
or Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Statistics 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BMS 602
BMS 603
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMS 560
BMS 561
Body Fluids
and Body Fluids Laboratory
4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
Major Elective 4
 Credits18
Third Year
Fall
Major Elective with lab 4-6
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
BMS 650 Molecular Diagnostics 4
 Credits13-15
Spring
BMS 642
BMS 643
Clinical Immunology and Serology
and Clinical Serology Laboratory
4
BMS 720 Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology 3
Major Elective with lab 4-5
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits15-16
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective (WI) 4
Major Elective (Capstone) 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16
Spring
Four Electives (any courses) or BMS 751, BMS 752, BMS 753, and BMS 754 16-20
 Credits16-20
 Total Credits128-135

SLO: Core Knowledge in Biomedical Science with an emphasis on Medical Laboratory Sciences.

  • Students will be able to correlate patient history, symptoms and laboratory test results with the diagnosis and treatment of clinical disease state
  • Students will be able to interpret, analyze, and identify clinical laboratory results.
  • Students will be able to define the mechanisms that give rise to human diseases and/or organ system dysfunction, including hypersensitivity, renal disease, acid-base disorders, etc.
  • Students will be able to recognize risk factors for the development of disease
  • Students will be able to identify and explain the underlying principle(s) of appropriate testing methodologies and assays for diagnosis of clinical diseases and organ system dysfunction.

SLO: Quantitative Literacy, Inquiry & Analysis

  • Students will be able to apply the scientific method to examine experimental evidence and draw informed conclusions.
  • Students will be able to use graphs to represent scientific data.
  • Students will be able to apply statistical methods to interpret scientific data.

SLO: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Students will be able to use data to troubleshoot an unexpected outcome.
  • Students will be able to apply core knowledge to critically interpret scientific data.

SLO: Written Communication

  • Students will demonstrate written skills to communicate scientific knowledge and experimental data.

SLO: Oral Communication

  • Students will be able to demonstrate oral presentation skills to communicate scientific knowledge and experimental data.