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Bachelor of Science – Biological Laboratory Science (120 credits)
Gain the strong foundation you need to launch your career as a laboratory scientist or to pursue a postgraduate degree in areas like science, biomedical research, biotech and pharma with the bachelor of science in biological laboratory science at Davenport University. Delivered on Davenport’s W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids, along with some Online+ course offerings, this biomedical science degree program is the only one of its kind in Michigan and one of only a few in the nation. What's more, you can take your biological laboratory science focus to the next level by becoming a STEM educator in Davenport's urban education program. By applying for the FUSE scholarship you may gain full ride tuition during your junior and senior years.
You’ll graduate with a unique combination of lab science skills and soft skills, such as communication and teamwork, through this biomedical science degree program. You’ll learn lab science from expert faculty who bring a mix of academic and industry experience to the classroom from fields like biology, chemistry, pharmacy, chiropractic and environmental sciences.
Already have an associate degree in biotechnology? Great! We’ll shorten your time to degree completion and put you on the fast-track to your career or post-undergraduate schooling.
What is biological lab science?
Biological lab science involves researching, analyzing or producing medications, vaccines or other genetically modified products, such as plants or animals for human consumption. If you like to solve problems and want a hands-on science career, the laboratory science degree at Davenport may be ideal for you. You’ll be prepared to work as a laboratory scientist, research associate or technician in academic, industrial and government settings — or to go on to med school or other professional programs such as dentistry, veterinary, occupational therapy, physical therapy or even pharmacy school.
Explore laboratory science classes for Davenport’s BS biological laboratory science
Through the BS biological laboratory science program, you’ll build on Davenport’s core courses with laboratory science classes and labs in chemistry, organic chemistry and physics as well as courses specific to the laboratory science degree such as bioinformatics, laboratory techniques, cell biology, organisms, microbiology, genetics, science ethics and forensic science.
Foundations of Excellence
|BITS211||Microcomp Appl Spreadsheet||3|
|BITS212||Microcomputer Apps Database||3|
|MATH120 or MATH125||College Mathematics or Intermediate Algebra||3|
|SOSC201||Diversity in Society||3|
|SOSC301||Global & World Diversity||3|
|STAT219||Introduction to Biostatistics||3|
|CHEM160||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM160L||General Chemistry I Lab||1|
|CHEM161||General Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM161L||General Chemistry II Lab||1|
|CHEM250||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM250L||Organic Chemistry I Lab||1|
|CHEM255||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM255L||Organic Chemistry II Lab||1|
|PHYS210||Fundamentals of Physics I||3|
|PHYS210L||Fundamentals of Physics I Lab||1|
|PHYS220||Fundamentals of Physics II||3|
|PHYS220L||Fundamentals of Physics II Lab||1|
|BIOL110||Foundations of Cell Biology||3|
|BIOL110L||Foundation of Cell Biology Lab||1|
|BIOL111||Organisms and Populations||3|
|BIOL111L||Organisms and Populations Lab||1|
|BIOL209||Techniques in Lab Science||4|
|BIOL354||Cell & Molecular Biology||3|
|BIOL354L||Cell & Molecular Biology Lab||1|
|BIOL430L||Advanced Microbiology Lab||1|
|BIOL458L||Forensic Science Lab||1|
|BIOL486||Introduction to Bioinformatics||3|
|BIOL494||Foundations of Research||1|
Open Electives - Student may choose any discipline for the electives. Recommended Elective:
Recommended Electives if Interested in Education and Teaching:
|SOSC238||Risk & Resilience in Family||3|
|UEDU191||Tutoring in Urban Schools||1 - 6|
|UEDU192||Teacher Assist Urban Schools||1 - 6|
|UEDU330||Multicultural Teaching Pract||3|
Which class should I take? When should I take it?
See our Recommended Program Sequences:
Why study lab science at Davenport?
You’ll learn from Davenport’s expert faculty who have real-life experience in a wide range of areas, from biology and pharmacy to chiropractic and environmental science. Labs, simulations and internships are woven into the curriculum of the BS biological laboratory science so you graduate with real-world experience and practical knowledge.
Experience the Davenport difference:
One and only
Davenport’s laboratory science degree is the only one of its kind in Michigan and one of only a few in the country.
Get into med school
Davenport’s biomedical science degree program is great prep for med school, pharmacy school and other professional programs.
Become an expert problem-solver
Through labs, simulations and internships you can apply what you learn to improve your problem-solving capabilities.
Work in a range of science research labs, including biotech manufacturers of genetically engineered vaccines, drugs and more.
Fast-track your career
Shorten your time to degree completion when you bring your associate degree in biotech to BS biological laboratory science.
Get started on your laboratory science degree
Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your laboratory science degree at Davenport.
Upon completion of this program the student will obtain a well-rounded and diverse science education. They will possess the knowledge, laboratory skills and soft skills necessary to hit the ground running, and to be successful upon graduating and entering into a growing and solid job market in the Science field.
Students will learn the skills necessary to think critically, communicate effectively and to solve problems collaboratively in a team environment or working independently.
In addition, through unique case study coursework, students will possess competencies in intercultural awareness and ethical reasoning.
All BIOL, CHEM and PHYS prefixed courses required for the BS Biological Sciences degree program require a C or better grade for successful completion.
*If the career intent is pre-medicine/pre-dental/pre-veterinary medicine, consider completing BIOL221/221L Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL222/222L Anatomy and Physiology II as electives
Department Chair & Assistant Professor - Science: Sharon Sutliff, D.C.
Associate Department Chair & Assistant Professor - Science: Daniel Palmatier, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor - Science: Saleela Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
Lab Coordinator & Full-Time Faculty - Science: Ahlam Kader, M.Sc.
Assistant Professor & Science Laboratory Coordinator - Lansing Campus: Laura Harris, M.S.
Assistant Professor & Science Laboratory Coordinator - Midland Campus: Kris Baumgarten, Ph.D.
Associate Department Chair & Associate Professor - Science: Melissa Haswell, Ph.D.