Laboratory Sciences, AS


Program Description

The Associate Degree in Laboratory Studies will train students in laboratory protocols and techniques and prepare them for jobs in clinical laboratory settings. It will give students exposure to coursework in biology, chemistry, and medical lab sciences. It is designed under the model of stackable credentials. Within the coursework, students can earn a Certificate of Medical Laboratory Assistant Technology that will serve as both an institutional as well as industry credential that would qualify students for jobs as a laboratory assistant. Certificate completion can occur in as little as two semesters. This stackable credential fits within the proposed associate degree. The associate degree itself would stack into any one of three existing bachelor's degrees, thus allowing a student to earn three awards during their undergraduate experience.


Program Curriculum

60 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
 
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 2890RLaboratory Internship2
or MLS 2890R Laboratory Internship
COMM 2110Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)3
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA) (prerequisite: MATH 1010 or equivalent placement score)3
or STAT 2040 Business Statistics
MATH 1050College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA) (or higher)4
MLS 1113Foundations of Medical Lab Science3
Select one of the below chemistry tracks:10
Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (LAB)
and Elem Organic / Bio Chemistry
and Elem Organic/Bio Chemistry Lab
Or
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
and Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab (Prerequisite to Organic Chemisty: CHEM 1220/1225)
 
 

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  3. Grade of C- or higher and cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher in all required courses.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
SSC 1010 Trailblazer Connections 2
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA) 3
 Hours13
Spring Semester
BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
4
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC) 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA) 4
 Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1115
Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (LAB)
5
MLS 1113 Foundations of Medical Lab Science 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 2890R Laboratory Internship 2
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1125
Elem Organic / Bio Chemistry
and Elem Organic/Bio Chemistry Lab
5
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
 Hours17
 Total Hours60

Laboratory Sciences Degree Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the foundational concepts of biology including cellular, organismic, ecological, and evolutionary biology.
  2. Evaluate hypotheses, design research, test hypotheses, conduct data analysis, and draw conclusions on biology related problems.
  3. Perform a full range of testing encompassing the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of contemporary laboratory services.
  4. Employ relevant experience in research design and practice.
  5. Adhere to safety, governmental regulations and standards as applied to medical laboratory practice.