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Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor of Science

The B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science may be earned by following a "combined program," which includes a one year medical laboratory internship at a Miami University-affiliated hospital, following either three or four years of pre-internship study at Miami. The Medical Laboratory Science major consists of 43-51 pre-internship hours, and and additional 32 internship hours completed during the final internship year at one of the teaching hospitals affiliated with the program. (See most recent catalog.)

These internships are awarded at the sole discretion of the hospital's Admissions Committee. Admission is based upon curriculum, performance and personal interview. Miami University establishes the requirements of the three academic years for students who wish to compete for these internships, and will award the degree upon successful completion of the fourth year.

Students may also elect to earn an A.B. in Microbiology first, then apply for admission to any ASCP accredited teaching hospital to fulfill the internship requirement of the National Registry program. For more complete details of these and other options within this area, you are urged to contact, early and frequently, the Medical Laboratory Science Program Director, Dr. Marcia Lee. Current policies regarding requirements, applications, petitions, etc., are available only through her office, 42 Pearson Hall, Department of Microbiology, 529-5425.


Suggested Schedule for B.S. Degree in Medical Laboratory Science

This schedule integrates requirements for the major, the College of Arts and Science (CAS), and the Miami Plan, and provides a structure for completing them within the 3+1 or 4+1 year options.  The required and recommended courses in the major are specifically noted because many of them must be taken in sequence, and some of them may be offered only once a year. To fulfill the Miami Plan and CAS requirements, you will take a certain number of credit hours from several categories of courses. Progress towards fulfillment of the requirements for the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science is provided online for each student (and their advisor) through their Degree Audit Report (DAR).

All students in the College of Arts and Science must pass satisfy the CAS A requirement for a foreign language, which is to complete a course at the 202 level or higher. Although we have built in a two-year sequence beginning with 101 in our suggested schedule, you may be able to leverage your previous foreign language study in high school, and bypass some of the introductory foreign language coursework.  Alternatively, the schedule will accommodate the study of a new language. 

Ask your advisor how certain elective courses may contribute to your particular professional goals. Some students will devote their elective course hours to obtain a second major or co-major, such as Chemistry, Spanish or Premedical Studies; other students may use these hours for additional preparation for professional school standardized tests.

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Biological Concepts I: MBI 115 (4) Biological Concepts II: MBI 116 (4)
General Chemistry: CHM 141, 144 (3,2) General Chemistry: CHM 142, 145 (3,2)
Composition and Literature: ENG 111 (3) Miami Plan/Elective (3)
Foreign Language: 101 (4) Foreign Language: 102 (4)
Introductory Seminar: MBI 147 (1)


Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
General Microbiology: MBI 201 (4) Molecular and Cell Biology: MBI 365 (3)
Organic Chemistry: CHM 231 (4)
or CHM 241/244 (5)
Biochemistry: CHM 332 (3)
or CHM 242/245(5)
Calculus: MTH 151 (5)
or Statistics: STA 261 (4)
Miami Plan/Electives (4-6)
Foreign Language: 201 (3) Foreign Language: 202 (3)


Third Year

Fall and Spring Semester
Select at least one elective course from Group A and one course from Group B (7)
Complete Biochemistry and Molecular Biology requirements if necessary (0-7)
Miami Plan/Electives (16-25)


3+1 MLS option - Fourth Year

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Medical Laboratory Science Practicum: MBI 487 (8) Medical Laboratory Science Practicum: MBI 488 (12) Medical Laboratory Science Practicum: MBI 489 (12) 


4+1 MLS option - Fourth year

Fall and Spring Semesters
Complete B.A. degree requirements in chemistry, microbiology or zoology

4+1 MLS option - Fifth Year

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Medical Laboratory Science Practicum: MBI 487 (8) Medical Laboratory Science Practicum: MBI 488 (12) Medical Laboratory Science Practicum: MBI 489 (12) 


MLS Group A Elective Courses - select at least 1 in the 3rd year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Medical Mycology: MBI 435 (3) Human Viruses: MBI 464 (3)
Analytical Chemistry: CHM 363 (3) Analytical Chemistry: CHM 363 (3)
Physics: PHY 161 (4)
formerly PHY 171/173 (3,1)
Physics: PHY 161 (4)
formerly PHY 171/173 (3,1)
Cell Biology: BIO 203 (3) Cell Biology: BIO 203 (3)

MLS Group B Elective Courses - select at least 1 in the 3rd year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Immunology Principles/Practice: MBI 415 (4) Medical Bacteriology: MBI 405 (4)
Human Physiology: BIO 161 or BIO 305 (3) Human Physiology: BIO 161 or BIO 305 (3)


Course Requirements for the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences:

Chemistry 17-24 hours

  • College Chemistry (3,3) and College Chemistry Laboratory (2,2)
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4)
    or Organic Chemistry (3,3) and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2,2)
  • Outlines of Biochemistry (3) or Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4)

Biology, 15 hours

  • Biological Concepts I and II (4,4)
  • General Microbiology I (4)
  • Molecular and Cell Biology or Molecular Cell Biology or Molecular Biology (3)

Math, 4-5 hours

  • Calculus (5) or Statistics (4)

Elective 7 hours

  • One Group A Course:
    • Analytical Chemistry (3)
    • Physics for Life Sciences (4)
    • Medical Mycology (3)
    • Human Viruses (3)
    • or Cell Biology (3)
  • One Group B Course:
    • Medical Bacteriology (4)
    • Immunology Principles and Practice(4)
    • Principles of Human Physiology (4)
    • or Human Physiology (4)

Internship, 32 hours

  • Medical Laboratory Science Practicum (8,12,12)

Note: No required course may be taken on credit/no credit basis.