About this Bachelor's Degree

This is a fast-track program to the Medical Laboratory Science degree for certified Medical Laboratory Technology students who have completed a NAACLS accredited program and hold an associate's degree.

NAACLS is the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences


General Education Curriculum


GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)


  • ENG 101 - Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 - Composition Two 3 hrs.

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)


Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs: ♦

  • AST 111 - General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L - General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • AST 112 - General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L - General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 103 - Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 103L - Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. ◊*AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. ◊*

  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. ◊*AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr. ◊*

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • CHE 104 - Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L - Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 104 - Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 105 - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 103 - Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L - Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PSC 190 - Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L - Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

Select 1 course:

  • MAT 100 - Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs. *
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)


  • ENG 203 - World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required

  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 - The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 - Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 - Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (3 hours)


  • CSC 100 - Introduction to Computing 3 hrs.

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (3 hours)


  • ENG 333 - Technical Writing 3 hrs.
  • ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (3 hours)


  • CMS 111 - Oral Communication 3 hrs.

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


  • MLS 402 - Clinical Bacteriology II 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • MLS 406 - Hematology I 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • MLS 408 - Clinical Immunohematology 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • MLS 409 - Clinical Chemistry II 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

Note:


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here .

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum


DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (74 hours)


  • MLS 101 - Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science 1 hr.
  • MLS 110 - Phlebotomy I 1 hr.
  • MLS 202 - Safety for Health Care Settings 1 hr.
  • MLS 203 - Clinical Laboratory Calculations 3 hrs.
  • MLS 302 - Clinical Bacteriology I 3 hrs. AND
  • MLS 302L - Clinical Bacteriology I Laboratory 2 hrs.

  • MLS 306 - Fundamentals of Hematology 3 hrs. AND
  • MLS 306L - Fundamentals of Hematology Laboratory 2 hrs.

  • MLS 309 - Clinical Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • MLS 309L - Clinical Chemistry I Laboratory 2 hrs.

  • MLS 311 - MLT to MLS Transition 3 hrs.
  • MLS 319 - Clinical Chemistry Review 3 hrs.
  • MLS 401 - Body Fluids 1 hr.
  • MLS 402 - Clinical Bacteriology II 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • MLS 403 - Clinical Mycology 1 hr.
  • MLS 405 - Clinical Parasitology 1 hr.
  • MLS 406 - Hematology I 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • MLS 407 - Clinical Immunodiagnostics I 2 hrs.
  • MLS 408 - Clinical Immunohematology 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • MLS 409 - Clinical Chemistry II 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • MLS 410 - Special Chemistry 1 hr.
  • MLS 411 - Coagulation 1 hr.
  • MLS 412 - Principles of Clinical Administration and Education 1 hr.
  • MLS 450 - Certification Prep I 4 hrs.
  • MLS 451 - Urinalysis 1 hr.
  • MLS 452 - Clinical Microbiology 4 hrs.
  • MLS 456 - Hematology II 3 hrs.
  • MLS 457 - Clinical Immunodiagnostics II 1 hr.
  • MLS 458 - Blood Bank 3 hrs.
  • MLS 459 - Clinical Chemistry III 4 hrs.
  • MLS 460 - Certification Prep II 4 hrs.

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (8-19 hours)


  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. *
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs. *
Select 1 sequence:♦

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • AND

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr. *
  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr. *
Select 1 course and lab:

  • BSC 380 - General Microbiology 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 380L - General Microbiology Laboratory 1 hr.
  •  

  • or

  • BSC 381 - Microorganisms in Health and Disease 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 381L - Microorganisms in Health and Disease Lab 1 hr.

DEG 03. Electives


Choose electives as needed with advisor's approval. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Note:


♦ This major requires the selection of a sequence to fulfill the GEC Science Requirement.

Students who choose BSC 110 /BSC 110L  and BSC 111 /BSC 111L  can choose either BSC 380 /BSC 380L  or BSC 381 /BSC 381L .

Students who choose BSC 250 /BSC 250L  and BSC 251 /BSC 251L  must choose BSC 381 /BSC 381L .

BSC 110 /BSC 110L  and BSC 111 /BSC 111L  must be taken as a sequence.

BSC 250 /BSC 250L  and BSC 251 /BSC 251L  must be taken as a sequence.

Hours to Degree


124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Medical Technology (MLT to MLS completion). At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements  for more information.