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Medical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Science

The purpose of the medical laboratory science major is to provide students who wish to become medical laboratory scientists a broad liberal arts background which they can take advantage of throughout their professional careers.

The program consists of three years of academic coursework on the campus of Briar Cliff University, followed by a clinical year at one of a variety of medical laboratory science programs approved by the American Medical Association. Students who are beginning their junior year will be applying for admission to these programs. The clinical year of such programs is credited as one year of academic work at Briar Cliff University (31 semester hours).

The successful completion of the clinical portion of the program results in the awarding of the baccalaureate degree. Representative courses in the clinical year are:

  • Clinical Microscopy/Urinalysis
  • Clinical Hematology/Coagulation
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Clinical Serology/Immunology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Clinical Immunohematology
  • Orientation to Medical Laboratory Science
  • Management and Supervision/Education/Methodologies/Introduction to Research

Core Medical Laboratory Science Courses

BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy

A study of the structure of the human body at the four structural levels (cells, tissues, organs and systems) and the relationship of its parts. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 222 - Human Physiology

A study of the functions of the cells and organ systems of the human body. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 339 - Principles of Microbiology

An in-depth study of microorganisms, including ultra structure, growth characteristics, metabolism and genetics. Read more »

BIOL 357 - Genetics

The scientific study of heredity including transmission genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics (DNA structure and function). Four lectures. Read more »

BIOL 400 - Immunology

A comprehensive study of immunology designed especially for students in the medical laboratory science program and other health-related areas. Topics discussed: chemical properties of antibodies, antigen recognition, immune response, techniques of immunoassay and diseases with immunological bases. Read more »

CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I

A presentation of the basic principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular properties, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. Read more »

CHEM 111L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I

An introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of stoichiometry, gas properties and calorimetry. Read more »

CHEM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II

A utilization of the basic principles of chemistry learned in CHEM 111 in complex chemical systems. Included are solution properties, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Read more »

CHEM 112L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II

An introduction of experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of acids and bases, redox reactions, equilibrium and kinetics. Read more »

CHEM 337 - Organic Chemistry I

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols and ethers. General reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry are also discussed. Read more »

CHEM 337L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Experimental work involving the synthesis, separation and identification of organic compounds, including the use of gas-liquid chromatography. Read more »

CHEM 338 - Organic Chemistry II

An examination of the structures, properties and reactions of aromatic compounds and organic compounds containing oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur. Biological applications and multistep synthesis are also studied. Read more »

CHEM 338L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

A continuation of CHEM 337L, spectrophotometric methods are included. Read more »

CHEM 442 - Biochemistry I

A study of the molecules found in living organisms, emphasizing the relationship of their structure to their function. Also examined are the methods used to separate and characterize these molecules. Read more »

CHEM 442L - Biochemistry I Laboratory

Experimental treatment of topics covered in CHEM 442. Read more »

MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read more »

PHYS 121 - Basic Physics I

An introductory physics course for students of moderate mathematical ability. Topics include vectors, motion, force, energy, momentum, mechanical waves, oscillations, fluids and thermal physics. Recommended for pre-medics, pre-dental, biology majors, psychology majors, medical technologists and liberal arts students interested in science. An elementary understanding of algebra and trigonometry is required. Three lectures, one lab. Read more »

PHYS 122 - Basic Physics II

A continuation of PHYS 121. Topics include electricity, magnetism, circuits, optics, relativity, quantum physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics. Three lectures, one lab. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

The bachelor of science degree in medical laboratory science consists of three years of academic coursework on the campus of Briar Cliff University followed by a clinical year at one of a variety of medical laboratory science programs approved by the American Medical Association. Students who are beginning their junior year will be applying for admission to these programs.