BioScience Academy

BioScience Academy (BSA) is a tuition-supported, two-semester education and biomedical training certificate program. BSA is part of the SCILS Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to put unemployed and underemployed Massachusetts residents back to work in the life sciences. Boston University is partnering with the City of Boston, greater Boston career centers, Quincy College, the Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC), and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). Students earn 12 Boston University Metropolitan College credits upon successful completion of:


  • Medical Terminology (2 credits)
  • Essential Methods in Biotechnology (4 credits)


  • a full-time internship (2 credits)
  • a four-credit elective in the Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences (BLCS) program (

BioScience Academy students also take non-credit seminars in critical thinking, workplace skills, and the business of biotechnology. Students are engaged in classes from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Requirements include two years STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) education and work experience, a passing score on our entrance math test, a completed application as well as DOL requirements. Please visit our website for more details.

The BSA program begins in September and ends in May. For more information, including dates for information sessions and our mandatory entrance math test dates, please visit: or email us at