Biomedical Laboratory Science

Whether your goal is to work in a hospital or lead groundbreaking research, our biomedical laboratory science major will teach you to analyze and interpret medical tests used to diagnose and treat disease.

Your hands-on medical lab training gives you the necessary experience to specialize in a career focused on microbiology, virology, immunology, hematology, and more.

This new major will be offered in Fall 2019!

Ambrose Advantages

  • Close Faculty Guidance & Support
  • Hands-on Clinical Laboratory Practicum
  • Study Anatomy and Physiology with Human Cadavers

woman using lab equipment

person wearing blue gloves

students in lab

At SAU, you'll get a state-of-the-art education full of unique opportunities, including research. Our biology-based programs are well-established, highly challenging and give you the skills to reach your goals. In fact, 90% of our biology program graduates enter a healthcare field. You can expand your education with a second major and our faculty will guide you, every step of the way.

More Information about Biomedical Laboratory Science

More Information About Biomedical Laboratory Science

What Will I Learn?

With a strong background in the liberal arts, you'll receive a balanced education to mold you into a well-rounded laboratory scientist.

You'll take classes in biology and chemistry, as well as genetics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. You'll study cell structure and function; design and implement experiments to test your hypotheses; and cite and discuss chemical hygiene issues.

All of your classroom and laboratory preparation will culminate in a clinical laboratory practicum in your fourth year.

Learn more about our biology and chemistry alumni

What are some possible job outcomes?

Coming in second only to nursing, Medical Laboratory Technologists are the most desired occupation in healthcare.1

Most medical laboratory scientists work in the hospital setting, where an estimated 98% of inpatients require at least one laboratory test. Graduates also would be prepared for employment in diagnostic laboratories, physicians' offices, and outpatient care centers, which have a need for laboratory testing albeit with reduced frequency.

Your median salary for such a job is around $60,000 (2015). And, the demand for medical and clinical laboratory technologists is expected to be pretty high: nearly 20,000 people will be needed for that sector through 2026.2

1Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Health Sector Study
2Bureau of Labor Statistics


Amy Blair, PhD, Assoc. Professor and Chair

Neil Aschliman, PhD, Assoc. Professor
Dale Broder, PhD, Asst. Professor
Matt Halfhill
, PhD, Professor
Bill Hixon, PhD, Professor
Kirk Kelley, PhD, Professor
Joseph Ly, Lab Coordinator
Shannon Mackey, PhD, Professor
Brenda Peters, PhD, Professor
Dennis Tarasi, PhD, Asst. Professor
Mike Vitalini, PhD, Assoc. Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science

Your first three years at SAU will be coursework followed by a 12-15 month clinical laboratory practicum with an institution accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

BIOL 199+Lab General Biology I: Foundation of Living Systems, 4 credits
BIOL 200+Lab General Biology II: Functioning of Living Systems, 4 credits
BIOL 201+Lab Diversity of Living Systems, 4 credits
BIOL 230+Lab Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 credits
BIOL 232+Lab Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 credits
BIOL 211+Lab Intro to Microbiology, 4 credits or 251+Lab Fundamentals of Microbiology, 4 credits
WI-BIOL 300 Biological Literature and Communication, 3 credits
BIOL 303+Lab Genetics, 4 credits
CHEM 105+Lab General Chemistry I, 4 credits
CHEM 106+Lab General Chemistry II, 4 credits
CHEM 110 Lab Safety, 1 credit
CHEM 207/209 Organic Chemistry+Lab I, 4 credits
CHEM 208/210 Organic Chemistry+Lab II, 4 credits
CHEM 319/320 Biochemistry+Lab, 4 credits
STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences, 3 credits

12-15 months clinical laboratory practicum

WI=writing intensive

Plan to Graduate

This is a sample of courses to take and graduate within four years. This plan assumes the student has taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Check the online course catalog for course prerequisites.

Year One

BIOL 199+Lab 4 BIOL 200+Lab 4
CHEM 105 4 CHEM 106+Lab 4
MATH171 3 THEO 100-level 3
ENGL 101 3 Oral Communication 3
New Student Seminar 1 InfoLit 1
KIN 149 1 CHEM 110 1
Total 16 Total 16

Year Two

BIOL 201 4 BIOL 211+Lab or BIOL 251+Lab 4
CHEM 207 3 CHEM 208 3
CHEM 209 1 CHEM 210 1
STAT 213 3 Social Science 3
PHIL 100-level 3 Humanities 3
KIN activity 1-2 Creative Arts 3
Total 15-16 Total; 17

Year Three

BIOL 300 3 BIOL 303+Lab 4
BIOL 230+Lab 4 BIOL 232+Lab 4
CHEM 319 3 THEO/PHIL 300-level 3
CHEM 320 1 WI-Humanities 3
PHIL/THEO 3 Medical Terminology 1
Total 14 Total 15


Clinical Laboratory Practicum, 8 credits

Year Four

Fall – Clinical Laboratory Practicum, 16 credits
Spring – Clinical Laboratory Practicum, 16 credits

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