At this time, MET is not accepting applications to the Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences bachelor’s degree program. Consider exploring our other bachelor’s degree completion programs. Please email metess@bu.edu with any questions you may have. Our undergraduate admissions advisors are available to connect with you and see how a BU education can help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

Offered part-time by Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) in collaboration with BU’s 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.

As one of the world’s preeminent biomedical centers, Boston offers excellent job opportunities in biotechnology and clinical research. You can enter into this rewarding sector with the BLCS program, which combines general undergraduate education with special technical training that reflects the rapid pace of innovation at the forefront of life sciences research. In this BU MET program, you’ll find courses in both basic and advanced theoretical and practical biomedical scientific areas, along with 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. Clinical research courses offered prepare you 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 BLCS 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 (56–62 credits)
Free electives (8 credits)
Externship/clinical research practicum (10–16 credits)

A Foundation for Success in Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences

Metropolitan College’s Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences undergraduate degree will equip you with:

  • 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.
Charles River Campus

Request Information

Stay connected! Learn more about our program.

Learn More

Why Complete Your Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences Bachelor’s at BU MET?

  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences bachelor’s program, an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio ensures close interaction with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as biomedical sciences, clinical and scientific research, and biotech.
  • Medical Practice: Our partnership with BU’s School of Medicine helps you get invaluable field experience in world-class environments.
  • Extensive Network: Study principles of bioscience and lab work alongside peers with professional experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts in the sciences, and benefit from a global alumni community with strong connections.
  • Student Support: Benefit from access to personalized professional academic advice from the team of academic counselors in MET Student Services.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
  • Flexible Schedule: Pursue your studies part-time, at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus.
  • Affordable Tuition: Complete your bachelor’s part-time at BU at a substantial savings compared to full-time study.
  • Financial Assistance: Undergraduate students at BU MET are eligible for a range of financial aid and community-minded scholarship opportunities designed to support those investing in their education part-time who still need to navigate full-time responsibilities.

More at MET:

Biology, Bachelor's Degree

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology provides fundamental knowledge in biological and related sciences. Students learn to appreciate the unity and diversity of living systems and gain an understanding of basic biological principles and processes.

Learn More

Biotechnology, Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in Biotechnology is designed for professionals looking to acquire additional skills and knowledge in one of Massachusetts’ strongest growth industries.

Learn More

Clinical Research, Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in Clinical Research trains health professionals to contribute to the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials.

Learn More

Flexible, Part-Time Degree Completion—at Boston University

The BS in Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences at Boston University’s Metropolitan College is a self-paced bachelor’s degree completion program offered in a convenient, part-time evening format—ideal for busy professionals who seek to earn a Boston University degree without turning their personal lives upside down or putting their careers on hold. Along with self-paced programs in a variety of majors, MET also offers the structured, two-year Accelerated Degree Completion Program—leading to bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science or Management Studies—and an online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program.

A variety of undergraduate certificate programs provide the opportunity for focused study in a specific subject. Certificates can work into select degree programs at MET, offer breadth to current studies, or build professional skills and knowledge.

Certification Opportunities

In addition to the Biomedical Laboratory & Clinical Sciences program, BU MET and the School of Medicine also offer undergraduate certificates in Biotechnology and Clinical Research, ideal for those looking to acquire in-demand skills that have less time for a degree program.

Additionally, MET’s Certificate in Biotechnology is an approved training program under Section 30 of the Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Law. Section 30 allows the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to waive an active work search by claimants who meet certain eligibility requirements. In addition, claimants can continue to collect their UI benefits while in approved training. For information about the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development Training Opportunities Program (TOP), or for a list of Section 30-approved training programs, visit mass.gov/lwd/unemployment-insur/programs-and-services-for-claimants.


A total of 32 courses (128 credits) is required.

Distribution Requirements

(Twelve courses/48 credits)

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

English

Mathematics

Four credits in MET MA 113 or higher

Computer Science

Natural Science

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)

Major and Related Courses

Major Requirements

(30 credits)

A total of 30 credits, completed with a grade of C or higher, is required. Major requirements are drawn from courses in the biomedical sciences taught on BU’s School of Medicine campus. (Courses are four credits unless otherwise indicated.)

And one selected from the following:

Major Electives

(26–32 credits)

Major electives provide working knowledge in a range of relevant fields, including molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, pathology, regulatory and compliance issues, 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 area of interest, length of the research practicum, and the number of transfer credits (courses are four credits unless otherwise indicated). A grade of C or higher is required. Students select courses in consultation with their academic advisor. Major course choices include, but are not limited to, the following:

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.

Research Practicum

(10–16 credits)

Students gain hands-on professional experience in their chosen field by working in a laboratory or clinical research environment. Research and Clinical Research 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 16 credits with the director’s approval. The total number of credits earned in the Research Practicum will determine the number of major elective course credits required of students.

GMS BT 594/595 Clinical Research Practicum

Fall and Summer 1 semesters. Prereq: 16 credits in clinical research. This is course is a directed study that will provide BLCS students hands-on exposure to the clinical research field. The clinical research practicum will give students the opportunity to work closely with a mentor who is actively conducting clinical research studies within a clinical research institution or hospital setting. Students will be actively engaged in the development, execution, and/or evaluation of a clinical research project. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to: clinical trial planning, protocol development, Institutional Review Board and regulatory affairs, study monitoring and data analysis. Students may earn up to 4 credits for the clinical research practicum. The clinical research practicum is an un-paid internship course. Students who work in a clinical research lab can choose to conduct their practicum at their work site but their project must be distinct and separate from their job in order to receive credit. Clinical Research study is for matriculated students only; registration requires program director approval.

GMS BT 596/597 Research Practicum (total 10–16 credits)

This course will provide senior BLCS students the opportunity to gain hands-on laboratory research experience. The research practicum will give each student the opportunity to work closely with a BUSM faculty member on a hypothesis-driven research project. Students will be trained in a cutting-edge laboratory setting that will allow them to develop and practice various research methods/techniques in a guided/mentored study. Research projects will be either part of a study faculty are currently involved and/or a project faculty would like to pursue. Students will discuss and design a project with their faculty mentor and work in the lab to fulfill the calculated work hour requirements. (Biotechnology firms, clinical research organizations, and medical centers may accommodate students according to mutual needs.)

Electives

(Nine courses/36 credits)

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

Learn More

Comprehensive Financial Assistance

Our services include scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans.

Learn More

Get Started

Please visit the BU MET admissions page for details on how to apply, financial assistance, tuition and fees, requirements for international students, and more.

Apply Now

Back to Programs