Five-Year MHS with Biomedical Sciences Concentration

The biomedical science industry is constantly innovating. From the latest breakthrough in cancer treatment to a retinal implant that allows blind people to regain some vision, scientists are constantly working to improve the human condition.

Program Overview

Whether you plan to work in pharmaceuticals or biotechnology, or wish to join the effort to combat genetic disorders with advanced gene therapy, this accelerated BS and MHS program will prepare you to embark on an exciting career in a growing and dynamic field. Because of the versatility of this program and the comprehensive foundation it builds in biology, chemistry and scientific research, you’ll also be well positioned to pursue further education in areas such as medicine, neurobiology or forensics. 

You’ll receive guidance and individualized attention at every step, and your academic adviser will work with you to customize your experience in a way that reflects your particular interests and career goals. You’ll gain hands-on experience in our highly sophisticated teaching and learning labs and by using state-of-the-art equipment that will familiarize you with the specialized skills necessary to excel in a professional setting. There are also chances to collaborate one-on-one with faculty members on research projects that relate to the specific field you plan to enter once you graduate.

Quinnipiac provides a multitude of career development services, with job fairs and alumni networking events that draw recruiters from prestigious firms within the biomedical industry including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Covidien. We’ll also help arrange a variety of experiential learning opportunities at companies both in Connecticut and throughout the northeast. 

Curriculum and Requirements

Five-Year Master of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences Curriculum
(Concentration in Biomedical Sciences)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 150 General Biology for Majors 4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
MA 140
or MA 141
Pre-Calculus 1
or Calculus of a Single Variable I
3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 151 Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics 4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
BMS 278 Research and Technology 3
UC Disciplinary Inquiry 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
4
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
UC Disciplinary Inquiry 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
BMS 370
& 370L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
UC Disciplinary Inquiry 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall Semester
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
BMS 375
& 375L
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
4
Science Elective 4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Choose one of the following 4
BMS 472
Biotechnology (Lecture & Lab Combined)  
BIO 471
& 471L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
 
Science Elective 3-4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BMS 518 Pathophysiology 3
CHE 315
& 315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
4
Science Elective 3-4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Spring Semester
QU 420 Integrative Capstone 3
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/MLS Elective 4
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/MLS Elective 3-4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
BMS 502 Research Methods 4
BMS 522 Immunology 3
BMS 532
& 532L
Histology
and Histology Lab
4
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/MLS Elective 3-4
 Credits14-15
Spring Semester
BMS 670 Comp Exam/Medical Laboratory Sciences 2 2
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/MLS Elective 3-4
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/MLS Elective 3-4
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/MLS Elective 3
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/MLS Elective 3
 Credits14-16
 Total Credits153-158
1

Minimum mathematics requirement: MA 140. For those interested in graduate or professional schools, MA 141 is recommended.

2

The comprehensive exam must be completed by April 15 of the fifth year.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination in medical laboratory sciences (2 credits) is a requirement for the non-thesis option in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program. The purpose of the exam is two-fold. First, the student must demonstrate broad and specific knowledge expected of someone holding a master’s degree. Second, the student must be able to integrate knowledge obtained from individual courses into unified concepts which link the student’s own specialization to other fields of study. The student is given two opportunities to demonstrate competency. A written essay exam is administered by a designated faculty member. Students should schedule an appointment with the program director before registering for the comprehensive exam.

Areas of Specialization

Biomedical Sciences

Core Courses
BMS 502Research Methods4
BMS 518Pathophysiology3
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 532Histology4
Specialization Electives
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 508Advanced Biology of Aging3
BMS 520Neuropharmacology3
BMS 521Advances in Hematology3
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 527Pharmacology3
BMS 532Histology4
BMS 535Histochemistry3
BMS 552Toxicology3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 562Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis3
BMS 563Anemias3
BMS 564Fundamentals of Oncology4
BMS 565Leukemia3
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 578Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 583Forensic Pathology3
BMS 591The New Genetics and Human Future3
BMS 598Synaptic Organization of the Brain3
BMS 599Biomarkers3
PA 515Human Physiology4

Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)

Open Electives
BIO 505Writing and Science3
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 508Advanced Biology of Aging3
BMS 510Biostatistics3
BMS 511Writing for Scientists3
BMS 517Human Embryology3
BMS 518Pathophysiology3
BMS 520Neuropharmacology3
BMS 521Advances in Hematology3
BMS 525Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases3
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 527Pharmacology3
BMS 528Advanced Clinical Parasitology4
BMS 532Histology4
BMS 535Histochemistry3
BMS 552Toxicology3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 562Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis3
BMS 563Anemias3
BMS 564Fundamentals of Oncology4
BMS 565Leukemia3
BMS 569Antimicrobial Therapy3
BMS 570Virology4
BMS 572Pathogenic Microbiology4
BMS 573Mycology3
BMS 575Food Microbiology4
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 578Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 583Forensic Pathology3
BMS 584Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases3
BMS 585Outbreak Control3
BMS 591The New Genetics and Human Future3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3
BMS 598Synaptic Organization of the Brain3
BMS 599Biomarkers3
BMS 688Independent Study2
BMS 689Independent Study2
PA 515Human Physiology4
PA 535Disease Mechanisms4