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Are you a problem solver? Do you enjoy investigative research? Are you interested in a health-related field of research and laboratory work? Would you like to work with other health care professionals in an exciting, ever-changing high-tech environment?

This specialized degree prepares students for a career in Medical Laboratory Science (medical technology). A degree in MLS provides students with specific training in biology and chemistry, including courses in microbiology, immunology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. In this pre-professional program, after completion of 100 semester hours of course work (about 3 years) in residence at the University of Texas at Austin, the student enters a school of medical laboratory science accredited by the National Agency for Medical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) for an additional year of professional training away from UT. Upon successful completion of the training program and approval of the faculty advisor, the student is awarded the degree and is eligible for national certifying examination.

Declare This Major

Step 1: Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Step 2: Once accepted into the College of Natural Sciences, all students will start as entry-level medical laboratory science majors until they successfully complete the entry-level requirements.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view the Medical Laboratory Science degree plan. For additional information, view course descriptions by major options and Frequently Asked Questions related to the Department of Integrative Biology.


The Medical Laboratory Science degree offers four options:

  • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science or Medical Laboratory Science
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Allied Health Sciences Pre-professional Curriculum
  • Integrated Program
  • A small sample of directly related careers

    Clinical Lab Technician
    Biological Technician
    Conservation Scientist
    Medical Scientist

    Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.