BS in Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences

Offered in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences prepares students for jobs and careers in the fields of biotechnology and clinical research. Boston is one of the world’s preeminent biomedical centers; the rapid pace of innovation in these industries and the high demand for trained professionals ensures continual growth, and means a broad range of exciting opportunities at the forefront of life sciences 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. Courses are also available in clinical research to prepare students to work in clinical trials. Undergraduate certificate programs in clinical research and biotechnology are also available.

Distribution Requirements

(total 48 credits)

English

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

Mathematics

  • Four credits in MET MA 110 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 Life Sciences Chemistry I or MET CH 101 General Chemistry

Literature

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

Philosophy

  • Four credits

History

  • Four credits

Additional Courses

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

Specialization Requirements (total 26 credits)

Six courses completed with a grade of C or higher.

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

Specialization Electives (total 36 credits)

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 II (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 160 Biotechnology I (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 170 Biotechnology II (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 201 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • GMS BT 202 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • GMS BT 210 Technical Writing for Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 220 Principles of Instrumentation (2 cr)
  • GMS BT 240 Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Quality Assurance
  • GMS BT 270 Disease and Public Health
  • GMS BT 305 Introductory Biochemistry
  • GMS BT 320 Laboratory Automation and Robotics (2 cr)
  • 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 Techniques in Protein Purification and Analysis
  • GMS BT 426 Medical Microbiology
  • 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 484 Advanced Cell Culture Techniques
  • GMS BT 510 Ethico-Legal Issues in Bioscience
  • GMS BT 520 Biology of Cancer
  • GMS BT 530 Introductory Pharmacology
  • 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

Usually two courses (8 credits), but possibly more depending on transfer credits, chosen with the advice of an academic counselor.

Externship (10-credit minimum)

  • GMS BT 591/592 Directed Study Biomed Externship 
(total 10–20 cr)
  • 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 contract with objectives and a schedule is required before a student may register. Fifteen hours of externship activity equals 1 credit. A culminating externship/practicum PowerPoint presentation to BLCS staff is factored into the final grade. For students doing a clinical research practicum, 25 hours of work equals 1 credit, and the contract reflects that hands-on activities will not, under most circumstances, be laboratory based.