BS Four-Year Degree Plan

The clinical laboratory sciences program may be completed in eight semesters or four years. The four-year degree plan does not take into account transfer credit or summer courses. Course work in the clinical laboratory sciences program will total 95 hours; 30 – 45 credit hours are completed at a clinical program that is accepted by the university. Visit the program requirements page for more information on clinical programs accepted by the university.

Clinical laboratory sciences is a comprehensive degree that does not require a minor.

Prerequisites are required for some of the courses. Additional courses may be required in mathematics, biology, and chemistry depending on the student’s college admittance test scores. It is recommended you meet with an advisor in the program during your first semester to determine your plan of study.

Printable Sample Schedule

CLS_4YRPlan1.pdf

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 - First Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
BMS 110 Introduction to Human Biology 3
BMS 111 Introduction to Human Biology Laboratory 1
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BMS 231 Human Genetics with Laboratory 4
BMS 300 (231) Service Learning 1
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BMS 307 Human Anatomy 4
CHM 201 and 202 Organic Chemistry w/lab (or CHM 342) 5
Humanities - General Education 3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
GEC 114 - PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
BMS 321 (Molecular emphasis must take BMS 321 ; Microbiology and Management emphases could substitute BMS 321 with CHM 352 and 353) 4-5
Public Issues - General Education 3
MTH 340 (or one of the following: PSY 200, BIO 550, QBA 237, SOC 302) 3
BIO 310 Microbiology 5
Total hours18-19

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BIO 511 Immunology 4
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Written Communication & Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
The Arts - General Education 3
CLS/MT Emphasis Course: Microbiology Emphasis = BIO 520 (3) ; Management Emphasis = MGT 286 (3) ; Molecular Diagnostic Emphasis = BMS 521 (4) 3 or 4
Total hours16-17

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BMS 308 Human Physiology 4
Physical Sciences - General Education 3 - 4
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Advisor Approved Electives 3
Emphasis Course: Microbiology Emphasis = BMS 524 (3) ; Management Emphasis = MGT 340 (3) ; Molecular Diagnostic Emphasis = BMS 525 (4) 3 or 4
Total hours16-18

Seventh and Eighth semesters (fall and spring)

CoursesHours
Each Semester MTC - Clinical Studies Determined by Clinical Program 17-18 p/sem
Total hours17-18 per semester
Degree plan last reviewed 06-26-2018.

Tips for Success 

Maintain a GPA >3.0 to be competitive

  • Admission to an accredited clinical program is required to complete program.
  • Application to a clinical program should be completed before beginning third year.
  • Consider online Medical Terminology, LLT 102, for first summer session.

Degree Requirements

CLS/MT majors are required to choose an emphasis area from the following:

  1. Microbiology Emphasis:  BIO 520 (3) and BMS 524 (3)
  2. Management Emphasis: MGT 286 (3) AND 340 (3)
  3. Molecular Diagnostics Emphasis: BMS 321 (4), 521 (4), and 525 (4). Note: BMS 321 may also count as one of the required science courses.

Advisor approved electives

  • BIO 520 (3) 
  • BMS 321 (4) 
  • BMS 521 (4) 
  • BMS 524 (3) 
  • CHM 352/353 (4)
  • CHM 330 (5)
  • MGT 286 (3) 
  • MGT 340 (3).