Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Pursue your passion for medicine and gain critical laboratory skills for operating and repairing advanced laboratory instruments.
Course work for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences teaches you to perform tests on blood, tissue and body fluids to determine proper treatment for illnesses and diseases. These technical skills may be used in operating and repairing laboratory instruments and monitoring quality-control programs.

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Why Earn a Medical Laboratory Sciences Degree?

UNT's Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences lets students combine classroom instruction with lab and practical experiences.

Students in the program have opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning. You will learn how to use advanced tools and gain valuble skills needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The curriculum has been developed in cooperation with some of the state’s top hospitals and medical centers. Our affiliations are with:

  • Baylor Scott & White in Temple
  • Comanche County Memorial Hospital (School of Medical Technology) in Lawton, OK
  • Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston
  • Parkview School of Medical Laboratory Science in Pueblo, CO
  • Tarleton State University at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth
  • United Regional Medical Health Care System (School of Medical Technology) in Wichita Falls

Coursework covers topics including:

  • amino acids, carbohydrates, enzymes, proteins and vitamins in humans
  • bacteria and disease
  • the immune system
  • organic chemistry
  • scientific methods for analyzing chemical reactions
  • the structure and function of cells, tissues and organ systems in animals and humans
  • animal parasites
  • genetics
  • techniques for examining cells and body fluids under a microscope
  • management
  • technical writing
  • statistics
Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Plan, organize and prioritize work
  • Operate modern clinical instrumentation
  • In-depth knowledge of clinical science

Medical Laboratory Sciences Degree Highlights

Faculty members in the biological sciences and chemistry departments are dedicated to high-quality teaching and have earned recognition for their work.
We support several scholarships, including the Gladys Crawford Award, to help you pursue your degree.
You can become a member of Lambda Alpha Beta, a pre-professional student organization for Medical Laboratory Sciences majors.
Additional research and learning opportunities are provided through our student chapters of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society or the Alpha Epsilon Delta Health Pre-Professional Honor Society.
Our collaborative program with the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth combines college and medical school if you’re interested in a medical career.
Our laboratory facilities in the Chemistry Building and the Life Sciences Complex feature state-of-the-art equipment that allows you to research cell structure and microorganisms.

Career Outlook

Your Future in Medical Laboratory Sciences

  • Medical laboratory scientists perform tests on blood, tissue and body fluids to properly treat illnesses and diseases. Their technical skills may be used in operating and repairing laboratory instruments and monitoring quality control programs. Medical laboratory scientists work in:
  • Blood banks
  • Coroner's offices
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Independent laboratories serving hospitals and physicians
  • Insurance companies
  • Laboratories at hospitals or clinics
  • Pharmaceutical firms
  • Physician’s offices
  • Research laboratories

Some medical laboratory scientists work for the armed forces, Peace Corps, Red Cross, U.S. Public Health Service or Veterans Affairs hospitals. Others provide educational programs, work in quality control, or pursue product development or sales jobs for laboratory equipment and supply manufacturers.

Medical Laboratory Sciences Degree Courses You Could Take

Cell Biology (3 hrs)
Structure and function of animal and plant cells with emphasis on cell membranes, cytoplasmic organelles and the nucleus.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hrs)
Functional anatomy and physiology of the human body including biological chemistry, cell morphology, membrane and tissue physiology, musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.
Immunology (3 hrs)
Immune defense mechanisms including immunobiology, immunochemistry, immunogenetics, immune response to infectious agents, allergy and autoimmune diseases.
Parasitology (3 hrs)
Biology, ecology and classification of animal parasites; immunology and physiology of host-parasite interaction.
Principles of Biochemistry (3 hrs)
Chemistry of biomolecules; amino acids, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleotides, nucleic acids, vitamins and coenzymes; metabolism of biomolecules, generation and utilization of energy.
Medical Bacteriology (3 hrs)
Bacteria and disease; host-parasite relationships, immunology and epidemiology.

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