As an applied biomedical sciences major, you will be prepared for a broad range of employment and professional education opportunities in health care. The degree offers two options: a Clinical Science (CS) Option and a Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Option.

What courses will you take?

The B.S. in Applied Biomedical Sciences begins with a robust core of basic and applied sciences courses in anatomy and physiology, physiological chemistry and basic clinical microbiology. You will also take multiple hands-on laboratory courses, including clinical chemistry, clinical hematology, clinical immunology and medical bacteriology.

At UMass Lowell, we offer two options, which lead to a wide range of career opportunities.

  • Clinical Science (CS) Option — Gain work-ready knowledge and skills for employment in industry, academia and government in fields associated with diagnostics and biomedical research, as well as for graduate and professional degrees, including medicine and related fields (e.g., veterinary, dental, and physician assistant). All students pursuing the ABS degree begin their studies in this option.
  • Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Option — Graduate with approximately 450 hours of intensive experience in clinical laboratories, including those at top Boston hospitals. You will be prepared to work in hospital and free-standing clinical/diagnostic and forensic laboratories, as well as biotechnology companies. Students can apply to this option after at least one successful semester in the CS Option. Learn more about the two-step admission process.
Many students engage in collaborative learning with exercise physiology, nursing, nutrition and public health majors through the College’s Interprofessional Education Program (IPE).

Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing and to learn about the Applied Biomedical Sciences minor.

  • Degree Pathways are a semester-by-semester sequence of courses recommended for successful completion of a degree, diploma, credential or certificate from the university. The most current degree pathways are:

    Visit the Academic Catalog for all degree pathways, including those from prior enrollment years.
    1. Apply analytical and critical thinking in trouble shooting laboratory instrumentation and procedures.
    2. Demonstrate leadership skills of accountability, delegation, education, and supervision.
    3. Clearly communicate scientific information both orally and in writing.
    4. Generate, analyze and present research results.
    5. Be admitted to and be successful in graduate/professional programs.
    6. Advance in their chosen fields.
    7. Work safely with potential chemical and biological hazards using the standards established in the workplace chemical hygiene plan, safety manual, and the blood-borne pathogen policy.

Why study applied biomedical sciences at UMass Lowell?

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Clinical Placements

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Option has more than 20 clinical affiliate sites, including Boston hospitals, community hospitals and reference laboratories. Student-to-faculty ratios for undergraduate clinical placement do not exceed 2:1.

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Advanced Facilities

Our student laboratories are equipped with the most current available technology in instrumentation, allowing you to work in simulated labs that prepare you for the real world.

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Experiential Learning

Build career-ready skills through experiences outside the classroom, including:

  • Research in a faculty laboratory 
  • Co-ops and internships 
  • Paid work on campus 
  • Service learning 
  • Study abroad
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Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our combined bachelor's-to-master's program.

  • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a degree in applied biomedical sciences?

Graduates of UMass Lowell's Applied Biomedical Sciences degree program are prepared for careers in laboratory and research environments, including industry, government, medical diagnostics, forensics and more. Graduates are also equipped for graduate and professional degree programs in medicine and related fields.

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Nearly 100% of program graduates are successfully employed. Our alumni have worked at:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Genzyme
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
  • Lowell General Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Winchester Hospital

Meet Our Students

Marita Merheb using a microscope in a UMass Lowell lab
Marita Merheb '24
Pharmaceutical Sciences

As a pharmaceutical sciences major interested in research and business, Marita Merheb pursues all opportunities to advance her goals.

All in all, UML provides high value for a lower cost, which you can’t find at other colleges.
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Bryanna Ippolito sitting on a bench outside working on her laptop
Bryanna Ippolito '20
Nutritional Science

After working with Alzheimer’s patients while in high school, Bryanna Ippolito is pursuing her bachelor's in nutritional science and developed a program for students who someday may be working with Alzheimer’s patients to understand what it’s like to live with the disease.

I fell in love with UMass Lowell when I toured here. It's close to my home in Billerica, and South Campus was the homelike feeling that I wanted to find in a school.
Read More About Bryanna Ippolito 
Michael McCormack seated at lab desk looking into microscope
Michael McCormack '20
Medical Laboratory Science

The Medical Lab Science program helped Michael McCormack use his problem-solving skills to land a job learning how diseases occur.

The MLS curriculum gives you the tools you need to consider multiple factors contributing to diseases when interpreting laboratory data.
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Kyle Mehan at his desk
Kyle Mehan '21
Nutritional Science

Kyle Mehan began researching nutrition when trying to heal his own injuries. Now he promotes a plant-based diet.

I knew that fitness and nutrition go hand in hand, so I thought if I wasn’t going to go into sports medicine, I’d go into the nutrition side of it.
Read More About Kyle Mehan 
Haylee Dussault shows of some fresh herbs and veggies in a small garden
Haylee Dussault '16, '18
Nutritional Science, Public Health

Haylee Dussault was a part of the first class of students in the Master of Public Heath Dietetics program. Shortly after graduation, she passed the registered dietitian exam and landed her dream job.

I’ve been given the opportunity not just to make valuable connections in the dietetics industry, but to also focus on making a real impact on school food service.
Read More About Haylee Dussault 
Christianto Putra poses in a lab at UMass Lowell
Christianto Putra '16, '21
Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Christianto Putra conducted research on titanium dioxide, a common food additive, for his dissertation and published the results in the Journal of Nutrition.

UMass Lowell offered me a place to learn about nutritional sciences, experience the campus culture and conduct research.
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Nicolas Troisi works at a piece of equipment in a medical laboratory.
Nicolas Troisi '20
Medical Laboratory Science

Nicolas Troisi gained extensive experience from his clinical lab rotations and landed a full-time job as a medical laboratory scientist at Winchester Hospital. He started in April, before he even graduated.

The professors in the medical laboratory science program set the bar high for how education should be designed and delivered.
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UMass Lowell student Ellen Panetto pictured in a lab coat looking into a microscope in one of the health sciences labs
Ellen Panetto '18
Medical Laboratory Science

Ellen Panetto was always interested in anatomy and how the body works, but wasn't sure exactly what area she wanted to work in. Her clinical rotation experiences led to her decision to pursue a career as a pathologists' assistant.

I've been able to see how labs are run in small and large hospitals. These experiences gave me the ability to see what kind of environment I might want to work in and to learn from technicians in all stages of their careers.
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Lindsay Roberts works at a Stop the Spread event
Lindsey Roberts ’14 ’19
Clinical Laboratory Science

Lindsey Roberts worked her way through the clinical laboratory science program and a master’s degree, too. Now she’s the laboratory supervisor at Lowell Community Health Center.

I’m the middle person between the lab and the rest of the world.
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Katie McGourty works in a lab
Katie McGourty '18, '19
Applied Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Katie McGourty took advantage of UML's Bachelor’s-to-Master’s program and completed her master’s in one year. She landed a job with Pfizer Inc. in the inflammation and immunology department before she graduated.

I decided to do the accelerated B.S.-M.S. program in pharmaceutical sciences because it was a cost-effective way to get my master’s in a growing field.
Read More About Katie McGourty 
UMass Lowell alumni Michelle Palladino pictured in a school cafeteria with a table full of healthy snacks and information on leading a healthy lifestyle
Michelle Palladino '11, '17
Nutritional Sciences & Public Health

Once Michelle Palladino started taking courses in nutrition as an undergraduate, she knew right away that she wanted a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

I love that nutrition is ever-changing and offers so many career options for dietitians.
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Jessica Ross
Jessica Ross '22
Applied Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Science Option

Jessica Ross landed a job after graduation as a research associate in the gene therapy analytical development department at Sarepta Therapeutics.

All of my professors loved their jobs and were passionate about teaching, and it showed in the classroom and in their labs.
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UMass Lowell alumni Mindasari Daniar stands outside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital where she works
Mindasari Daniar '17, '19
Nutritional Science, Public Health

Mindasari Daniar's upbringing in Indonesia inspired her to study nutrition. She now works at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is pursing her Master of Public Health degree.

I really love my job and am appreciative of the real-world experiences I gained at UML.
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Jose Archila Quezada in front of Emergency Room doors
José Archila Quezada '22
Applied Biomedical Sciences

José Archila Quezada found support and a network of friends in the MAGIC program, which helps students from underrepresented groups pursue medical school.

Through MAGIC, I saw that we could help each other. That’s where I got a community.
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