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Medical Laboratory Science

Research microorganisms to develop a crucial understanding of ecosystems, human health and beyond for a focus in medical laboratory science.

Medical Laboratory Science – B.S. in Microbiology, Medical Laboratory Science Emphasis

In the Medical Laboratory Science option at Montana State, students are prepared for a career in clinical laboratory science by taking coursework in a range of medically-oriented fields including immunology, medical bacteriology, virology, parasitology, hematology, mycology and chemistry. Depending on the student’s needs, the Medical Laboratory Science program offers two plans for students to complete the program. Once training is complete, Medical Laboratory Science students will be qualified to take a national registry exam and become certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

The Microbiology major at Montana State offers five additional Options Within the Major: Microbiology, Microbiology: Pre-Medical Track, Microbiology: Pre-Veterinary Track, Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Health.



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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.

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Top Of The Class
Since 2015, the Montana Medical Laboratory Science Training Program has held an 100% pass rate for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification MLS exam within one year of graduation, as well as an 100% rate of graduates finding employment or continuing their education within one year of graduation.

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Montana’s Research Leader
Montana State leverages more than $120 million annually to support pioneering research across our departments, institutes and centers.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Medical Laboratory Science students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Clinical Microbiologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Diagnostics
  • Biosafety

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.