Traditional Curriculum - NIU - Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Curriculum for Traditional B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Refer to the undergraduate catalog for more information, including pre-requisites.

Pre-Professional MLS Freshman Semester 1Semester 2 
Pre-Professional MLS Sophomore Semester 1Semester 2 
Major MLS Junior Semester 1Semester 2 
Major MLS Senior Semester 1Semester 2


Pre-Professional MLS Freshman Semester 1

  • CHEM 210*/212 (4)
  • Quantitative Literacy (MATH*) (3)
  • ENGL 103 (3)
  • GEN ED: Creativity & Critical Analysis (3)
  • GEN ED: Society & Culture (3)
  • UNIV 101 (1)

Total: 17 
* Placement exam scores in math and chemistry, as well as the completion of college coursework, may change the plan.


Pre-Professional MLS Freshman Semester 2

  • CHEM 211/213 - Gen Chemistry II (4)
  • BIOS 208/210 (4)
  • COMS 100 (3)
  • ENG 203 (3)
  • GEN ED: Creativity & Critical Analysis (3)

Total: 17


Pre-Professional MLS Sophomore Semester 1

  • AHLS 211 (3)
  • STAT 208 (3)
  • GEN ED: Society & Culture (3)
  • BIOS 213 (3)
  • BIOS 209/211 (4)

Total: 16


Pre-Professional MLS Sophomore Semester 2

  • BIOS 357 (5)
  • AHCD 318* (3)
  • CHEM 230/231 (4)
  • GEN ED: Knowledge Domain Elective (3)

Total: 15
* May be taken in summer prior to start of program.


Major MLS Junior Semester 1

  • AHLS 301* - Immunology/Immunohematology Lecture (2)
  • AHLS 311 - Immunology/Immunohematology  Lab (1)
  • AHLS 302 - Hematology/Hemostasis Lecture (3)
  • AHLS 312 - Hematology/Hemostasis Lab (2)
  • AHLS 448 - Intro Rsch MLS (3) or 
    UHHS 460 - Intro Rsch HHS (3)
  • AHLS 303 - Immunohematology Lecture (2)
  • AHLS 313 - Immunohematology Lab (1)
  • AHCD 440 - Intro to Teaching in the Allied Health Professions (1)

Total: 15

*Only if admitted to the program.

Student laboratory fees range from $30.00 - $100.00 per lab course


Major MLS Junior Semester 2

  • CHEM 370 - Intro Biochemistry (3)
  • AHLS 300 - Urinalysis (2)
  • AHLS 308 - Body Fluids (1)
  • AHLS 336 - Clinical Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology Lecture (3)
  • AHLS 337 - Clinical Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology Lab (2)
  • AHLS 344 - Clinical Biochemistry (3)
  • AHLS 345 - Clinical Biochemistry Lab (2) 

Total: 16


Major MLS Senior Semester 1

  • Practicum I* (9-11)
  • AHLS 471 - Molecular Testing and Advanced Lectures (3)
  • Total: 12-14
    * Practicum includes AHLS 481,482,483,484 and 485

Major MLS Senior Semester 2

  • Practicum II* (7-11)
  • AHLS 471 - Molecular Testing and Advanced Lectures (3)
  • AHLS 446 - Principles of Lab Management and Practice (1)
    or UHHS 450 - Administration for Professionals in Health and Human Sciences (3)
  • AHLS 475 - MLS Competency (1)

Total: 12-18
* Practicum includes AHLS 481,482,483,484 and 485