BS in Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences

Offered in collaboration with Boston University Metropolitan College.

The bachelor’s program in Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences (BLCS) combines general undergraduate education with special technical training that prepares students for positions in biomedical or clinical research. Courses are available in basic and more advanced theoretical and practical biomedical scientific areas. Lecture and laboratory courses in molecular biology, protein purification, tissue culture, Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), and other topics relevant to the biotech and biopharmaceutical industries help prepare students for fulfilling jobs and careers. Students can also choose to concentrate in clinical research courses, which prepare them for work in the world of clinical trials.

The time required to earn the degree varies based on individual schedules, transferable credits, and the pace students establish for themselves to complete the program.

The BLCS curriculum consists of 128 credits, to be earned in four distinct components:

  • Distribution/specialization requirements (74 credits)
  • Specialization electives (36 credits)
  • Free electives (8 credits)
  • Externship/clinical practicum (10–16 credits)

Undergraduate certificate programs in clinical research and biotechnology are also available.

Distribution Requirements (48 credits)

Distribution requirements comprise basic science and liberal arts courses, while specialization requirements are drawn from courses in the biomedical sciences taught at BU’s School of Medicine. Courses taken at other institutions may satisfy some of these requirements.


  • MET EN 104 English Composition
  • MET EN 201 Intermediate Composition


  • 4 credits in MET MA 120 or higher

Computer Science

  • GMS BT 280 Computing for the Laboratory or MET CS 101 Computers and their Applications

Natural Science

  • MET BI 105 Introductory Biology for Health Sciences
  • MET CH 171 Principles of General Chemistry 1 or MET CH 101 General Chemistry 1


  • 4 credits in a 100- or 200-level MET EN literature course or 
MET HU 221


  • 4 credits


  • 4 credits

Additional Courses

  • 4 credits in the humanities (H)
  • 4 credits in the social sciences (S)
  • 4 credits in the humanities (H) or social sciences (S)

Specialization Requirements (26 credits)

Six courses completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • GMS BT 104 Medical Terminology (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 110 Introduction to Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
  • GMS BT 208 Essential Math for Biotechnology
  • GMS BT 342 Cell Biology
  • GMS BT 405 Biochemistry
  • GMS BT 413 Techniques in Molecular Biology
  • MET CH 172 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry or MET CH 102 General Chemistry 2 or MET PY 105 Elementary Physics

Specialization Electives (36 credits)

Specialization electives provide working knowledge in a range of relevant fields, including regulatory and compliance issues, molecular biology, protein purification, and bioinformatics. Students choose from a wide range of offerings, and may concentrate on an area of their choosing.

The number of specialized courses depends upon the specialty, the length of the externship, and the number of transfer credits. A grade of C or higher is required. Specialized course choices include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • GMS BT 106 Medical Terminology 2 (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 160 Biotechnology 1 (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 170 Biotechnology 2 (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 201 Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • GMS BT 202 Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • GMS BT 210 Technical Writing for Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 240 Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Quality Assurance
  • GMS BT 290 Disease & Public Health
  • GMS BT 330 Medical Devices
  • GMS BT 336 Bioinformatics
  • GMS BT 360 Auditing in Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 404 Medical Virology
  • GMS BT 406 Cytogenetics
  • GMS BT 407 Molecular Genetics
  • GMS BT 408 Immunology
  • GMS BT 411 Protein Purification and Analysis
  • GMS BT 422 Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging
  • GMS BT 426 Medical Microbiology
  • GMS BT 430 Laboratory Management
  • GMS BT 432 Basic Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease
  • GMS BT 436 Human Genetics
  • GMS BT 440 Genetics, Ethics, and the Law (online)
  • GMS BT 442 Issues in Assisted Reproduction (online)
  • GMS BT 443 Advanced Molecular Biology Lecture
  • GMS BT 444 The Business of Biotechnology
  • GMS BT 450 Forensic Toxicology
  • GMS BT 454 Cell Culture Techniques
  • GMS BT 456 Endocrinology
  • GMS BT 460 Drug Discovery
  • GMS BT 462 Drug Development
  • GMS BT 465 Cell Signaling in Health and Disease
  • GMS BT 470 Technologies in Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 475 Infectious Diseases
  • GMS BT 480 Planning and Operations in Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 484 Advanced Cell Culture Techniques
  • GMS BT 520 Biology of Cancer
  • GMS BT 530 Introductory Pharmacology
  • GMS BT 532 Histopathology
  • GMS BT 540 Regulatory and Compliance Issues
  • GMS BT 550 Clinical Data Management
  • GMS BT 560 Good Clinical Practices (GCP) in Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 575 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
  • GMS BT 580 Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Research (2 cr)

Free Electives (8 credits)

Free electives allow students to complement and broaden their academic background based on career objectives and personal interests. Usually, two courses (8 credits) are required—possibly more, depending on transfer credits—chosen with the advice of an academic counselor.

Externship/Clinical Research Practicum (10 credits)

Students gain hands-on professional experience in their chosen field by working in a laboratory or clinical research environment. Externships and practicums are available in clinical, industrial, and university settings, and assist students in meeting individual goals. Students must earn a minimum of 10 credits and may earn up to 20 credits with the director’s approval. The total number of credits earned in the externship will determine the number of specialization elective course credits required of students.

  • GMS BT 591/592 Directed Study Biomed Externship (10–20 cr total)
  • GMS BT 594/595 Clinical Research Practicum

All externships/practicums are chosen based on students’ professional and academic backgrounds, as well as their goals. Biotechnology firms, clinical research organizations, and medical centers may accommodate students according to mutual needs. Students must discuss their externship with the program director at least six months before starting. A signed Memo of Agreement (MOA) with objectives and a schedule is required before a student may register. Twenty-five hours of externship or clinical research practicum activity equals one credit. A culminating externship/practicum PowerPoint presentation to BLCS staff is factored into the final grade.