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Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.)

If you are looking for a career path that marries chemistry, biology, medicine, and problem solving, then a degree in medical laboratory science may be a good fit for you. The Medical Laboratory Science program prepares its graduates for employment in hospital or medical laboratories. The curriculum emphasizes basic science, medical laboratory science, critical thinking and communication skills, including structured learning in the laboratories of clinical affiliated laboratories. The program provides the scientific background in hematology, immunohematology, urinalysis, phlebotomy, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, clinical chemistry, and management necessary for a laboratory career.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy chemistry and biology
  • Like solving complex problems
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Are interested in caring for people's health
  • Appreciate working with others, as part of a team

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical medical laboratory scientist
  • Clinical specialists (clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology)
  • Clinical researcher
  • Cytotechnologist

Recent Employers

  • Avera Health
  • Rapid City Regional Hospital
  • Sanford Health
  • VA Health System

Suggested Minors

  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Clubs and Organizations

  • Medical Laboratory Science Club
  • American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • National Lambda Tau Honor Society

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

View the recommended academic plan.

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.