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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

The medical laboratory science major culminates in the awarding of a bachelor of science degree. Students enter the University as freshmen or transfer students with a declared interest in medical laboratory and diagnostics (MTI) for the purpose of advisement. Consideration for admission to the major at the end of the sophomore year is based on the following criteria:

  • Minimal grade point index of 2.00 for the first 4 semesters;
  • Minimal grade point index of 2.00 for specific prerequisite courses in biology and chemistry; and
  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours, including the prerequisite science courses.

Only 36 students are admitted each year, resulting in a low student-to-instructor ratio in the medical laboratory science student laboratory courses. The first two years provide pre-professional courses in the basic sciences and liberal arts. The third and fourth years are an integration of professional and clinical courses. Students receive clinical experience in the fall of junior year and during the last 20 weeks of their senior year at three or more of our clinical laboratory affiliates.

Most students who complete the medical laboratory science major are interested in professional opportunities for medical laboratory scientists, including employment in hospital and private clinical laboratories, public health agencies, industrial medical and biomedical laboratories, research and forensic laboratories, educational institutions, pharmaceutical companies, fertility centers, physicians’ office laboratories, and veterinary laboratories. However, some students may adopt the premedical option of the medical laboratory science curriculum fulfilling requirements for application to quality medical schools. It is assumed that students opting for the combined curriculum demonstrate above-average academic aptitude and recognize the rigors necessary to successfully complete the curriculum.

Students adopting the premedical option will follow the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science with the following changes. Calculus I (MATH 221) is taken to satisfy the math requirement for the major, and an additional semester of Calculus II (MATH 222) is required for medical school entrance. Two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 321 and CHEM 322) must be taken instead of Elementary Organic Chemistry (CHEM 213/215) and Elementary Biochemistry (CHEM 214/216); in addition, a semester of Elementary Biochemistry lecture (CHEM 214) is recommended. Two semesters of Introductory Physics (PHYS 201 and 202) are also required. For those medical schools that require a second English course, Approaches to Literature (ENGL 280) is recommended following completion of 45 credit hours (fullfills a Creative Arts and Humanities breadth requirement and a second writing course required for graduation).

Students interested in medical school, optometry school, physician assistant graduate programs, etc. should review the information posted at http://www.bio.udel.edu/medical-and-dental-careers and at http://www.bio.udel.edu/health-science-advisement-and-evaluation-committee-hsaec. These web sites provide updated course requirements for medical schools and information on the University of Delaware Health Science Advisement and Evaluation Committee.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Diagnostics

The medical diagnostics major culminates in the awarding of a bachelor of science degree. Students enter the University as freshmen or transfer students with a declared interest in medical laboratory and diagnostics (MTI) for the purpose of advisement. Consideration for admission to the major at the end of the sophomore year is based on the following criteria:

  • Minimal grade point index of 3.00 for the first 4 semesters; and
  • Completion of at least 60 credits including designated chemistry, biological science, physics, mathematics, and kinesiology and applied physiology prerequisites prior to admission into the major. The science prerequisites include BISC 207, BISC 208, BISC 300, CHEM 103, CHEM 104, CHEM 321, CHEM 322, and the science sequence of BISC 276 and PHYS 201/PHYS 202 or KAAP 309/KAAP 310. The mathematics prerequisites include one of the following courses: MATH 114, MATH 115, MATH 117, MATH 221, or MATH 241. In addition, the student must have made satisfactory progress towards a baccalaureate degree.

The first two years provide courses in the basic sciences and liberal arts. The third and fourth years primarily focus on medical-related courses. Students pursuing this major are interested in attending professional or graduate schools immediately upon graduation. Medical schools and other professional graduate programs require that students complete volunteer experience in a health-related or a people-oriented environment.

Students interested in medical school, optometry school, physician assistant graduate programs, etc. should review the information posted at http://www.bio.udel.edu/medical-and-dental-careers and at http://www.bio.udel.edu/health-science-advisement-and-evaluation-committee-hsaec. These web sites provide updated course requirements for medical schools and information on the University of Delaware Health Science Advisement and Evaluation Committee.

Honors and Undergraduate Research

Well-qualified students may elect to pursue an Honors Degree and have opportunities for undergraduate research with Medical Laboratory Sciences Faculty.

Minor in Medical Diagnostics

A minor in medical diagnostics may be earned by a student in any University bachelor’s degree program through successful completion of a minimum of 15 credits as described below. This degree provides students, especially those preparing for admission to professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and to graduate programs for physicians assistant and other related health fields, with the basic knowledge to evaluate and interpret clinical laboratory data.

Before beginning these courses, the student must meet the required course prerequisites. Additional courses for satisfying the requirements for the minor may be approved by the department. A minimum of C- is required in all courses completed for the minor.

Curriculum
Required courses

BISC 208 Introductory Biology II – 4 credits
MEDT 200 The Language of Medicine – 3 credits

Students may select the additional credits from courses listed below
MEDT 220 Forensic Science – 3 credits
MEDT 360 Clinical Immunology & Medical Virology – 3 credits
MEDT 390 Introduction to Genetics & Molecular Diagnostics – 3 credits
MEDT 401 Clinical Physiological Chemistry I – 3 credits
MEDT 403 Clinical Physiological Chemistry II – 4 credits
MEDT 404 Hematology I – 2 credits
MEDT 405 Hematology II – 2 credits
MEDT 406 Medical Microbiology – 3 credits
MEDT 430 Diagnostic Bacteriology & Medical Mycology – 2 credits

Minor in Forensic Science

The interdisciplinary forensic science minor is designed to prepare students earning a Bachelor of Science degree in a life science (medical laboratory science) or basic science (biological science, biochemistry, or chemistry) for an entry level position in the field of forensic science. The minor is flexible so that it will also be of interest to students who do not want a strong laboratory science experience or a position as a forensic scientist but who will benefit from knowledge of forensic science, such as students in the social sciences (criminal justice).

Before beginning some elective courses, the student must meet the required course prerequisites. Additional courses for satisfying the requirements for the minor may be approved by the department. A minimum of C- is required in all courses completed for the minor.

Required Courses

CRJU 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice – 3 credits
MEDT 220 Forensic Science – 3 credits
MEDT 230 Forensic Pathology – 3 credits

Electives
Additional courses must be taken from the list below to have a total of 18 credits for the minor.

ANTH 404 Human Osteology – 4 credits
CHEM 214/216 Elementary Biochemistry – 4 credits
CRJU 457 Criminal Evidence – 3 credits
KAAP 220 Anatomy and Physiology – 3 credits

OR

KAAP 309 Anatomy and Physiology – 4 credits
MEDT 200 Language of Medicine – 3 credits
MEDT 240 Crime Scene Investigation – 3 credits
MEDT 390 Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Biology – 3 credits
MEDT 450 Forensic Science Internship – 2 credits


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