Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.C.L.S.) Major in Clinical Laboratory Science

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.C.L.S.) degree with a major in Clinical Laboratory Science requires admission to the university and admission to the program.  For more information visit:
  2. University application deadlines are different than the Clinical Laboratory Science (C.L.S.) program deadline. Any student entering Texas State may declare Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science as their major. It is recommended that students arrange academic advising at least once prior to making application, and, if possible, arrange to learn about the profession through clinical laboratory tours, personal research, and interviewing a practicing C.L.S. professional. Admission and acceptance to Texas State and declaration as a C.L.S. major does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission to the program is competitive and selective. The academic sequence begins during the fall semester of the junior year. Students are selected in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Enrollment is limited by student/faculty ratios and clinical placement availability.
  3. The deadline for submission of applications to the C.L.S. program is February 15th. A typical cohort size of 20 students will be admitted. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 30th or sooner. The criteria for student selection for the junior class includes scholastic ability, particularly in the sciences, essays, and a personal interview, and not on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, veteran status or condition of disability, or national origin. Due to performance standards of the profession, students must meet specific ADA standards in accordance with physical and emotional requirements of the academic program to qualify for admission.
  4. Potential applicants are encouraged to complete the University process early (six to eight weeks prior to the C.L.S. application deadline of February 15th) to facilitate review of transcripts during the C.L.S. program application process.
  5. A minimum overall GPA and science GPA of 2.50; however, an overall GPA and a science GPA of 3.0 is recommended in order to be competitive in the application process.
  6. Science courses require a minimum grade of “C” or higher.
  7. Students must complete the following five prerequisite courses prior to submitting the C.L.S. application: BIO 1330 and BIO 1130, BIO 1331 and BIO 1131, CHEM 1341 and CHEM 1141, CHEM 1342 andCHEM 1142, and the mathematics course. Students may only have a maximum of the nine remaining prerequisite hours, with no remaining credit hours in prerequisite science and mathematics courses prior to beginning the C.L.S. program. While students are encouraged to complete all prerequisite courses prior to admission, the C.L.S. course sequence only offers 10 hours in the first fall semester and 11 hours in the first spring semester. For students requiring 12 hours for full-time status, please contact the C.L.S. program.
  8. Completion of the C.L.S. application packet for admission is required by the deadline (February 15th).
  9. Successful interview of selected candidate with admission committee is also required.
  10. Other requirements are necessary by clinical placements (e.g. immunization, background check, and drug testing).

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  3. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  4. Any student who did not complete at least two years of the same foreign language in high school is required to take 6-8 hours of the same foreign language.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO 1330 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3BIO 13313 
BIO 11301BIO 11311 
CHEM 1341 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3CHEM 13423 
CHEM 11411CHEM 11421 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3Select one of the following (Mathematics Component Code 020):3 
US 110011  
 15 14 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO 2440 or 24004HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3 
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3 
HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3 
Select one of the following:4Select one of the following:3 
 MATH 23283 
 14 15 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CLS 33053CLS 33233 
CLS 34104CLS 34244 
CLS 33263CLS 34124 
Select one of the following:4Social and Behavoir Sciences23 
 14 14 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
CLS 43333CLS 43403CLS 42252
CLS 43183CLS 43413CLS 43613
CLS 44404CLS 43703CLS 43643
CLS 44604CLS 44634 
 14 13 8
Total Hours: 121