Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences

Offered by Metropolitan College in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine, the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences (BLCS) 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.

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

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 requirements (48 credits)
  • Major required courses and major elective courses (62 credits)
  • Free electives (8 credits)
  • Externship/clinical practicum (10 credits)

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in communicating and applying the fundamental concepts of molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry.
  • Resourcefulness in researching and evaluating relevant and scientifically sound information from a variety of databases and academic sources.
  • Proficiency in applying essential technical and laboratory math skills to common laboratory procedures.
  • Competence in displaying and interpreting quantitative data.
  • An ability to identify appropriate career and continuing education goals based on self-assessment of academic, technical, and professional skills, and knowledge of opportunities in the biomedical field.

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Distribution Requirements

Distribution requirements comprise basic science and liberal arts courses. Courses taken at other institutions may satisfy some of these requirements.

A total of 48 credits is required.

English

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

Mathematics

  • Four 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 and
    MET CH 171 Principles of General Chemistry 1 or
    MET CH 101 General Chemistry 1

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)

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Specialization and Related Courses

Specialization Requirements

A total of 26 credits, completed with a grade of C or higher, is required. Major requirements are drawn from courses in the biomedical sciences taught at BU’s School of Medicine.
(Courses are four credits unless otherwise indicated.)

  • GMS BT 104 Medical Terminology 1 (2 credits)
  • 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

Major 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 major courses depends upon the specialty, the length of the externship, and the number of transfer credits (courses are four credits unless otherwise indicated). A grade of C or higher is required. Major course choices include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • GMS BT 106 Medical Terminology 2 (2 credits)
  • GMS BT 160 Biotechnology 1 (2 credits)
  • GMS BT 170 Biotechnology 2 (2 credits)
  • GMS BT 201 Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • GMS BT 202 Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • GMS BT 210 Technical Writing in Clinical Research
  • GMS BT 220 Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging (2 credits)
  • GMS BT 240 Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Quality Assurance
  • GMS BT 290 Disease and Public Health
  • GMS BT 305 Introductory Biochemistry
  • 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 432 Basic Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease
  • GMS BT 436 Human Genetics
  • GMS BT 440 Genetics, Ethics, and the Law (online course)
  • GMS BT 442 Issues in Assisted Reproduction (online course)
  • 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 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 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 credits)

Free Electives

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

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 major elective course credits required of students.

  • 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 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 1 credit. A culminating externship/practicum PowerPoint presentation to BLCS staff is factored into the final grade.

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Location

72 East Concord Street
Room R-1017C
Boston, MA 02118

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