major photo
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, and biochemistry. 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 UT Admissions 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 or contact Mandy Davidson in the Biology Advising Center.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.