B.S. Medical Laboratory Science

If you are interested in supporting the medical field from behind the scenes, Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is for you! The MLS program prepares students with an interest in medicine to be medical lab technicians.


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Affiliation Program

Southwestern Adventist University has partnered with Tarleton State University here in Texas and Andrews University in Michigan to give students the opportunity to train for 14 months in state of the art facilities either locally or in the beautiful Great Lakes Region!

General Education Requirements

To view general education requirements for this major please visit the catalog.


MLS technicians are in very high demand with almost all graduates being placed in a job immediately after graduation.

In addition to having an abundance of career opportunities in the labs, a MLS degree is the perfect stepping stone for someone who may eventually want to study medicine.

Sample Job Titles
Medical Technologist
Medical Tech Lab Scientist
MLS – Trauma Tech

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Your Future


Biology is the most common degree of medical professionals.  Most biology students go on to graduate or professional school to become physicians, dentists, therapists, pharmacists, researchers, etc.  Others become educators, entrepreneurs, or technicians in biotech, academic, or government positions.  



  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Technician
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Teacher

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Required Courses 
Item #Title Credits
BIOL 111General Biology I4
BIOL 112General Biology II4
BIOL 180Biology Research Seminar1
BIOL 318Microbiology & Immunology4
BIOL 320Genetics4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4
CHEM 112General Chemistry II4
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry II4
 MATH 141 or MATH 1803 - 4
 Sub-Total Credits39 - 40


Recommended Cognates
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 455Immunology3
CHEM 431Biochemistry I3
PHYS 121General Physics I4
PHYS 122General Physics II4
 Sub-Total Credits14


Senior Year

Click here to link to Andrews University Medical Laboratory Science page for a complete list of classes taken during Senior year.

Click here to link to Tarleton State University Medical Laboratory Science page for a complete list of classes taken during Senior year.


 Total Credits:120 - 150



Faculty Profiles

Arthur Schwarz, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Professor and Department Chair

Arthur Chadwick, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Paleontology Specialist

Jared Wood, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Professor