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Bachelor of Science in Applied Biomedical Sciences

Many graduates of the Applied Biomedical Sciences degree program gain immediate employment.


Study Health Sciences and the Practice of Laboratory Medicine

Graduates are Highly Desirable in the Job Market

The Applied Biomedical Sciences degree program provides a high quality education in biomedical and laboratory sciences. 

Students take a robust core of basic and applied sciences, combined with multiple hands-on laboratory courses, and then choose between two options: 

  • Clinical Science Option - Prepare for employment in fields associated with diagnostics and research, such as pharmaceutical, forensic and research science and medical device research and development.
  • Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Option - Prepare for employment in hospital clinical laboratories and biotechnology companies. 
  • NOTE: Students in the MLS option are initially accepted into the Clinical Science option. After one successful semester in the CS option, students are eligible to apply to the MLS program.

All students must complete a basic core of science courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Physiological Chemistry, and Basic Clinical Microbiology. 

To learn about degree requirements for the Clinical and Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) options, visit the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.

NOTE: Students in the MLS option are initially accepted into the Clinical Science option. After one successful semester in the CS option, students are eligible to apply to the MLS program.
Nearly 100 % of program graduates are successfully employed.
Our graduates are employed in various laboratories and biotechnology companies. Recent employers include:
  • Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport 
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston 
  • Boston Medical Center, Boston 
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston 
  • Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge 
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston 
  • Emerson Hospital, Concord 
  • Genzyme, Framingham 
  • Holy Family Hospital, Methuen 
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington 
  • Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence 
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Hallmark Health, Medford 
  • Lowell General Hospital, Lowell 
  • Magellan Diagnostics, Billerica 
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 
  • Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Hallmark Health, Melrose 
  • Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill 
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton 
  • Pfizer, Inc., Andover 
  • Winchester Hospital, Winchester
Students who have completed Human Anatomy and Physiology and Physiological Chemistry may continue their interest in the Applied Biomedical Sciences by obtaining a minor. The minor enables students to select two additional advanced clinical courses for study depending upon their interest. Students in other majors in the College of Health Sciences will find that the minor can provide them with advanced and cutting edge knowledge in select biomedical courses, an opportunity to engage in clinical case problem-solving, and/or work on a specific research project in applied biomedical sciences.

Career Opportunities

Students from other majors within the College of Health Sciences may use the Applied Biomedical Sciences Minor to deepen their understanding in areas that can lead to professional specialization and career advancement. The minor courses are also highly recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate studies.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the Applied Biomedical Sciences Minor must apply to the Department for authorization and present 18 credits in the minor field with at least six credits obtained from select upper division courses.

Nicolas Troisi works at a piece of equipment in a medical laboratory.

"The professors in the medical laboratory science program set the bar high for how education should be designed and delivered."

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.

Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders

The Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences prepares students to work in biotechnology, biomedical device and pharmaceutical firms, medical and research laboratories, hospitals and public health agencies. Watch student testimonials in this video.

Katie McGourty works in a lab

"I liked that the applied biomedical sciences degree was broad enough where I could work in a clinical lab, an academic research lab or in an industry setting."

As an undergraduate, Katie McGourty gained valuable research experience working for Prof. Shannon Kelleher, who studies the role of diet, genetics and environmental factors on the gut microbiome, mucosal inflammation and gastrointestinal health.