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

of our Biology graduates
are working in a field they

Required Courses   
Item #Title Credits
BIOL 111General Biology 14
BIOL 112General Biology 24
BIOL 180Biology Research Seminar1
BIOL 318Microbiology & Immunology4
BIOL 320Genetics4
CHEM 111General Chemistry 14
CHEM 112General Chemistry 24
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry 14
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry 24
CSIS 102Computer Literacy and Applications3
 MATH 121 or 1413
 Sub-Total Credits39


Recomended Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
BIOL 455Immunology3
CHEM 431Biochemistry 13
PHYS 121General Physics 14
PHYS 122General Physics 24
 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.


Faculty Profiles

Arthur Schwarz, PhD

Biological Sciences
Associate Professor

Arthur Chadwick, PhD

Biological Sciences
Research Professor

Amy McHenry, PhD

Biological Sciences
Adjunct Faculty

Jared Wood, PhD

Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor