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)

Program at a Glance

  • On Campus
  • Part-Time
  • 128 Credits
  • 24–36 Months
  • 2 Core Faculty
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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.

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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.

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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.

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