Medical Laboratory Science

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Major Requirements

Medical Laboratory Science Major

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses number 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institituion. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU residence credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Residence credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

 Major Requirements

Medical Laboratory Science Major Requirements
CHP 190Critical Thinking and Academic Success2
MLS 200Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science1
MLS 435Hematology2
MLS 49630
Professional education (internship) within an accredited affiliated school of medical laboratory science includes the capstone experience.
Related Courses Required:
BIOC 460
Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
and Foundations of Biochemistry I Laboratory
BIOL 150
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 220
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (May satisfy a general education category S)
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory (May satisfy a general education category S)
BIOL 221
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
CHEM 122
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy a general education category S)3
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
MATH 103College Algebra (or higher level; excluding MATH 104)3
MICR 350
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
MICR 463Clinical Parasitology2
MICR 460
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
MICR 470Basic Immunology3
MICR 471Immunology and Serology Laboratory2
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy a general education category R)3
ZOO 315
and Genetics Laboratory
Select one group of the following:6-7
Group One:
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
Group Two:
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
Total Credits95-96

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • All required courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or above. All students must maintain a semester GPA of 2.0 or above for each semester in the College. A student who fails to meet this standard for two successive or three non-successive semesters may be terminated from enrollment in the College.
  • Completion of the prerequisites does not guarantee a student internship. Selection of interns is competitive. Please consult your MLS advisor for more information.