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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Medical Laboratory Science Major, BS


Students who complete the medical laboratory science curriculum receive the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in medical laboratory science from the College of Arts and Sciences. The curriculum requires a minimum of 90 hours of credit which includes the foundations, perspectives, and connections requirements of the college and the University General Education Requirement prior to application for admission to a final year of study at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville (UTMCK). A grade of at least a C must be earned in each of the required chemistry, biology, and math courses. A bulletin describing the medical laboratory science program in detail may be obtained from Arts and Sciences Advising Services.

uTrack Requirements

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.

Following the sample academic plan and its uTrack milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. For specific course requirements, refer to the description of the major and the Arts and Sciences requirements  listed in the Catalog, and consult an academic advisor.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science – Medical Laboratory Science Major


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
BIOL 101 *-BIOL 102 * or BIOL 150 * or BIOL 158 * 3-8 MATH 119  or Math ACT score of 25 or higher
BIOL 159 * or BIOL 167 * 2 One course from BIOL 150 * or CHEM 120 * with a grade of C or better
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 * 4  
ENGL 101 * (or equivalent) 3  
1Quantitative Reasoning Electives* 3-4  
Term 2
BIOL 160 * or BIOL 168 * 3 One additional course from BIOL 150 *, CHEM 120 *, or CHEM 130 * with a grade of C or better
CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138 * 4 ENGL 101 *
ENGL 102 * (or equivalent) 3  
Communicating Orally Elective* 3  
1Quantitative Reasoning Electives* 3-4  
Term 3
BIOL 240   4 One additional course from BIOL 150 * or BIOL 160 * with a grade of C or better
CHEM 260  or CHEM 268   3  
Foreign Language (intermediate level)* 3  
Non-U.S. History* 3  
Social Sciences* 3  
Term 4
CHEM 360 -CHEM 369  or CHEM 368 -CHEM 369   5 One additional course from BIOL 160 * or BIOL 240  with a grade of C or better
Non-U.S. History (continuation of sequence)* 3 One additional course from CHEM 130 * or CHEM 260  with a grade of C or better
BIOL 220 -BIOL 229   4 ENGL 102 *
Foreign Language (intermediate level)* 3  
Global Challenges (if BIOL 150 * not taken) 0-3  
Term 5
Arts and Humanities (List A or B)* 3 One course from BCMB 230  or BIOL 220 -BIOL 229  with a grade of C or better
BCMB 230   5 CHEM 260  with a grade of C or better
MICR 330   3  
Communicating through Writing Elective* 3  
3Connections 3  
Term 6
Arts and Humanities (List A)* 3 Completion of at least 9 upper-division (300-400 level) hours
MICR 420 -MICR 429   5  
Social Sciences* 3  
3Connections 6  
4Term 7 and 8
Complete the 12-month Medical Laboratory Science program of study at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville by successfully completing the following 36 hours of coursework:   Term 7: Completion of at least 24 upper-division (300-400 level) hours and Term 8: Completion of at least 42 upper-division (300-400 level) hours
MLS 410 - Microbiology I   4  
MLS 411 - Microbiology II   4  
MLS 420 - Clinical Chemistry I   5  
MLS 421 - Clinical Chemistry II   5  
MLS 430 - Hematology and Clinical Microscopy I   4  
MLS 431 - Hematology and Clinical Microscopy II   4  
MLS 440 - Immunohematology I   3  
MLS 441 - Immunohematology II   3  
MLS 450 - Clinical Serology and Immunology   2  
MLS 470 - Orientation and Basic Techniques   1  
MLS 480 - Principles of Supervision and Education in Medicine   1  
TOTAL (minimum) 120  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 MATH 115 *-MATH 125 *, MATH 123 *-MATH 125 *, MATH 151 *-MATH 152 *, MATH 141 *-MATH 142 *, MATH 141 *-MATH 115 *, or MATH 151 *-STAT 201 * are required for pre-medical laboratory science students. Math placement depends on high school courses and grades, ACT scores, and BA/BS requirements.
2 CLAS 273  and MLS 101  are highly recommended electives.
3 The Connections requirement may be satisfied in one of three ways:
1) completing 9 hours from one of the approved Connections packages,
2) completing the requirements for a second major or minor, or
3) completing 9 hours of study abroad coursework.
4 Twelve-month program at UT Medical Center begins in January of each year. Deadline for application is May 15. Details can be found at the following website: http://www.utmedicalcenter.org/for-health-professionals/educational-opportunities/clinical-laboratory-science-medical-technology/.