BU’s BioScience Academy

Boston University’s BioScience Academy (BSA) is currently on hiatus. BSA was a grant-funded certificate and career preparation program designed specifically to help unemployed or underemployed individuals with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math) or healthcare background enter the biotech/ life sciences field. BSA was part of the Boston University Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences (BLCS) program.

The two-semester program, which ran from September to May from 2012 to 2017, included classes in biomedical science and clinical research, and an internship. Upon completion, graduates received twelve Boston University credits and a Certificate in Applied Biotechnology. All classes were held at the BU Medical Campus in the South End.

The goal of BioScience Academy was to prepare individuals for employment in biotechnology companies, medical centers and other life science institutions. Assistance with job searches was provided.

BioScience Academy program sponsorship

We are looking for a new BioScience Academy sponsor!

With your annual support of $250,000, BSA can help 15 – 20 unemployed and underemployed individuals (who have a solid STEM background) to secure meaningful employment in Boston’s thriving biomedical technology industry. If you are interested in discussing how to become a BSA sponsor, please contact BLCS director Constance Phillips at biomed@bu.edu.

Former Sponsors of BioScience Academy

2012 – 2016

The Department of Labor’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston,

2016 – 2017

Commonwealth Corporation’s Sector Regional Strategies – Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund,

2012 – 2017

Boston University, including Metropolitan College and the School of Medicine.

BioScience Academy program content

BSA program content provided individuals with a foundation in biomedical sciences and clinical research through academic and laboratory courses, a twelve week internship, and career preparation. BSA enabled participants to leverage their backgrounds for employment in biotech or other life science companies and institutions.


  • Two semesters:  September through May
  • Certificate in Applied Biotechnology
  • Twelve Boston University Metropolitan College undergraduate credits
  • Assistance with job search
  • Individual personal and academic counseling
  • Calculators & textbooks (loaned free of charge for duration of program)


Fall Semester:  Monday through Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm (and occasional Fridays)

  • Essential Methods in Biotech (includes Biotechnology, Clinical Research and Business of Biotechnology)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Professional Development Seminar

Spring Semester:

  • Full-time internship:  35-40 hours/week for twelve weeks; Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • One evening course 5:30-8:30pm one or two evenings/ week

BioScience Academy group photo

The BioScience Academy Program Schedule

September – December
(6 credits)

Students take one 4-credit course GMS BT 410 Essential Methods of Biotechnology and one 2-credit course: GMS BT 104 Medical Terminology. Students also attend three seminars held weekly throughout the semester.

Monday Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday
GMS BT 410
Essential Methods
GMS BT 104
BT 410
BT 100
Professional Development
Special Programming
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:00pm-3:00pm BT 410
Essential Methods
BT 410
Essential Methods
Business of Biotech
BT 410
Essential Methods
BT 410
Essential Methods
Topics in  Biotechnology and Clinical Research

January – May
(6 credits)

Students take one 4-credit evening course and complete a 2-credit internship (GMS BT 592 Biomed Externship). In the first few weeks of the semester, some students will participate in a project-based internship in BSA; others will begin internships in biotech or other life science companies or medical centers.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Full-time Internship

Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
35-40 hours/week for twelve weeks

One evening course
5:30 – 8:30pm
(1 or 2 evenings per week)

Paul Queenan Memorial Award

Paul Queenan graduated from CityLab Academy in 2006.  Before entering the program, Paul obtained his GED and took a few courses at a community college.

Paul wanted to change careers from construction to biomedical laboratory science, but he fully understood that he needed college and training to pursue his dream.  After graduation, Paul found a job at a Harvard Medical School laboratory and was happy in his new-found career.

Unexpectedly, Paul died in December 2007.  Because Paul shared with his family the enormous difference CityLab Academy made in his life, the Queenan family requested that donations in Paul’s memory be given to CityLab Academy.  Recently, the family generously agreed to give the award to a BioScience Academy student since CityLab Academy no longer exists.

At each year’s graduation ceremony, the Paul Queenan award is bestowed upon a graduate who shares similar qualities: conscientiousness, self-motivation and a strong academic record. Meet our BSA Paul Queenan Memorial Award recipients.

BioScience Academy thanks the Queenan family for their generosity.

To learn about the Boston University Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences program, click here.