Laboratory Studies, 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

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

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

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
BIOL 2890RIntroductory Life Science 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
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 Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  3. Grade of C- or higher and cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher in all required courses.