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Investigative and Medical Sciences

Saint Louis University’s degree in investigative and medical sciences is for students considering a variety of career paths in health sciences. Offered through the Doisy College of Health Sciences, the program is designed mainly as a preparatory degree for post-baccalaureate studies, especially medical school.

Major in Investigative and Medical Sciences

Students majoring in investigative and medical science can select from several curriculum tracks that include pre-med and pre-physician assistant options. The program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for degree completion and features a core of liberal arts courses complemented by strong basic science and medical courses.

You’ll additionally choose a minimum of 24 credit hours in a track that matches your professional goals. These hours may be applied to a minor or certificate, such as biology, health care ethics or health information management, or to a second bachelor’s degree in a major such as forensic science.

You’ll also have the opportunity to conduct research and produce projects and papers for publication and presentation at professional conferences.

Highlighted Courses
  • BLS 1100: Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science
  • BLS 1150: Foundations of Medical Laboratory Science Lab
  • BLS 3110: Urinalysis and Body Fluids
  • BLS 4110: Medical Chemistry I
  • BLS 4120: Medical Chemistry II
  • BLS 4130: Principles and Techniques in Molecular Biology
  • BLS 4210: Hematology
  • BLS 4220: Hemostasis and Thrombosis
  • BLS 4310: Immunohematology
  • BLS 4410: Medical Immunology
  • BLS 4510: Medical Microbiology
  • BLS 4610: Research Design/Critique/Presentation
  • BLS 4620: Senior Synthesis or BLS 4850 Research
  • BLS 4630: Senior Seminar
Internships and Careers

The majority of graduates continue on to post-baccalaureate study, including medical, dental, veterinary and pharmaceutical schools, graduate schools and forensic science programs.

Graduates can also find work as biotechnology technicians, pharmaceutical research associates and as pharmaceutical technical or sales representatives.


SLU’s investigative and medical sciences faculty are certified laboratory scientists who are nationally recognized within their profession and dedicated to developing competent graduates who are responsive to the needs of society.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Admission Requirements

Admission criteria include a minimum GPA of 3.0 in high school chemistry, biology, mathematics and English; four years of high school math and English, with some physics recommended; and a minimum ACT score of 20 in each subsection (or equivalent SAT score) in each area. The average GPA of admitted students is 3.6 on a 4.0 scale and the average ACT score is a 28.

Medical School Preparation

Setting Up for Success

Students in the program benefit from learning diagnostic lab medicine before going on to medical school.