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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.

Curriculum
  • 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.

Faculty

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.

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 an SAT of 500 or above 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.


SLU lab

Undergraduate students in SLU's investigative and medical sciences program have opportunities to conduct research acceptable for publication and presentation at professional conferences.

Medical School Preparation

100 Percent Placement Rate

IMS majors at SLU who apply to medical school have a 100 percent placement rate. Students in the program benefit from learning diagnostic lab medicine before going on to medical school.