Medical Lab Science 3+1

The MLS 3+1 emphasis area is designed for students who wish to earn a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, and become board certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Certified Medical Lab Scientists are in very high demand. Most are employed in hospitals, but private laboratories, government agencies, industrial and pharmaceutical laboratories offer alternative career opportunities.

Students who pursue this emphasis area complete three years of course work at Missouri S&T. The fourth year of clinical/professional study takes place at an affiliated accredited school of medical technology. Students who wish to complete this emphasis area will apply to University affiliated clinical programs in their third year, and must be accepted into a clinical program in order to complete this emphasis area. Students who are interested in the MLS 3+1 emphasis area should seek advisement early in their degree program from the Biological Sciences MLS 3+1 emphasis area advisor (contact to insure adherence to special program requirements.

Affiliated Clinical Program Partnerships

Program Requirements

Required Biological Sciences Courses

  • Principles or General Biology with lab
  • Biodiversity with lab
  • Cell Biology with lab
  • General Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Immunology
  • Senior Seminar

Recommended Biological Sciences Electives
(consult recommendations of clinical partners)

  • Pathogenic Microbiology
  • General Virology
  • Human A&P I & II
  • Physiology Lab

Chemistry Requirements

  • General Chemistry I with lab
  • General Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry I with lab
  • Organic Chemistry II with lab
  • General Biochemistry

Math and Physics Requirements

  • College Physics I & II
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Biostatistics

Affiliated Clinical Program Coursework
(minimum of 32 hours, varies by program)