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Clinical Laboratory Sciences B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40
  • This program is 9 terms (4½ years) long.
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • We have two performance sites - Mpls. and Rochester which were approved with the initial program proposal. No additional sites requested at this time.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The clinical laboratory sciences program prepares students to work in hospital, clinical, and medical research laboratories. Students can be accepted in either the junior or senior year. All courses for the major are taken in the fall and spring semester of the senior year, followed by 22 weeks of clinical coursework. Starting fall 2008 courses will be offered at two locations, Minneapolis and Rochester.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 9 courses before admission to the program.
Freshmen are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Upon admission, students are required to submit proof of certain immunizations and vaccinations.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Courses
Students must take one statistics course and either pre-calculus or calculus.
MATH 1051 - Precalculus I [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1142 - Short Calculus [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1021 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1022 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
MICB 4131, INMD 3001, LAMP 4177, and CLSP 1010 are highly recommended but not required for students pursuing a B.S. degree in clinical laboratory sciences. Students are placed in a variety of clinical settings during their clinical coursework. In accord with Minnesota law, a criminal background check is required of each student before clinical courses. The program arranges this check.
Junior Year Courses
BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
BIOL 4003 - Genetics (3.0 cr)
or GCD 3022 - Genetics (3.0 cr)
VBS 2032 - General Microbiology With Laboratory (5.0 cr)
or MICB 3301 - Biology of Microorganisms (5.0 cr)
Senior Year Courses
CLSP 4501 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4502 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4101 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4102 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4103 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4602 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
CLSP 4203 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
CLSP 4302 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
CLSP 4304 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4305 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4401 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
CLSP 4402 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4601W {Inactive} [WI] (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4301 {Inactive} (1.0 cr)
CAHP 5110 - Foundations of Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration (1.0 cr)
CLSP 4201 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
CLSP 4202 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
Clinical Courses
These courses should be completed during the clinical rotations in the summer and fall terms following the senior year, including clinical chemistry, hematology and coagulation, tranfusion medicine, microbiology, and a specialty laboratory area.
CLSP 4703 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4702 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4704 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
CLSP 4701 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
The clinical laboratory sciences major is available at two campus locations, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota, Rochester. Policies, application materials, and course content are the same at both campuses.
Prerequisites are the same for both performance locations.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
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MATH 1051 - Precalculus I (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Graphs of equations and functions, transformations of graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, and rational functions with applications; zeroes of polynomials; inverses and compositions of functions; exponential and logarithmic functions with applications; coverage beyond that found in the usual 3 years of high school math. prereq: 3 yrs of high school math or satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [PSTL 731 or PSTL 732 or CI 0832]
MATH 1142 - Short Calculus (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
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MATH 1271 - Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00067 - Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/
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STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
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Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Standard statistical reasoning. Simple statistical methods. Social/physical sciences. Mathematical reasoning behind facts in daily news. Basic computing environment.
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01525 - Biol 1009/Biol 1009H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things, energy recruitment/utilization, flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Includes lab. prereq: high school chemistry
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01929 - Chem 2301/Chem 2331H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
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CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01741 - Chem 2302/Chem 2304
Prerequisites: Grade of at least C- in 2301
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
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PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01828
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BIOC 3021 - Biochemistry
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Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
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Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00052 - Biol 4003/GCD 3022
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VBS 2032 - General Microbiology With Laboratory
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
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