University of Kansas course numbers are noted in parentheses. Equivalent courses from other institutions may be accepted pending transcript evaluation.

Starting fall 2015 all matriculating freshmen and transfer students must meet requirements of the KU Core. Prerequisite classes and how they meet the KU Core requirements are listed in brackets following approved courses below. As courses are constantly being evaluated and approved for inclusion in the KU Core Curriculum, please check for the most up to date course listings which meet each goal. KU Core goals 1.1, 5, and 6 will be fulfilled through courses taken during the last two years of the clinical laboratory science program at KU Medical Center.

First Two Years

English (6 hours)

  • Composition (ENGL 101, 3 hrs.) [G 2.1]

  • Critical Reading and Writing (ENGL 102, 3 hrs.) [G 2.1]
    or Business Writing (BUS 105, 3 hrs.) [G 2.2]

Communication Studies (3 hours)

  • Speaker-Audience Communication (COMS 130 or COMS 131, 3 hrs.) [G 2.2]
    or Stand and Deliver (JOUR 150, 3 hrs.) [G 2.2]

Mathematics (6 hours)

  • Algebra (MATH 101, 3 hrs.) [G 1.2]
    or Precalculus Mathematics (MATH 104, 3 hrs.) [G 1.2]
    or Calculus I (MATH 115, 3 hrs.) [G 1.2]

  • Elementary Statistics (MATH 365, 3 hrs.) [G 1.2]
    or Introduction to Biostatistics (BIOL 570, 4 hrs.) [G1.2]

Biology (10 hours)

  • Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIOL 150, 4 hrs.) [G 3N]

  • Principles of Human Physiology (BIOL 246, 3 hrs.)
    or BIOL 419 Topics in Animal Physiology (3)
    or BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology (4) 
    – Combination Anatomy/Physiology courses do not fulfill this requirement

  • Principles of  Genetics (BIOL 350, 4 hrs.)
    The KU Division of Biological Sciences is now including BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology as a prerequisite for BIOL 350 Genetics. However, students having declared pre-CLS as their major do not need to take BIOL 152 in order to enroll in BIOL 350.

    Students having declared as other majors can take BIOL 350 without BIOL 152 by changing their major to pre-CLS or by contacting Jen Weghorst ( or Greg Burg ( to explain they are applying to the CLS program. Students will receive a permission number to enroll in BIOL 350 without having taken BIOL 152.

    – Some community college genetics courses may be accepted

Chemistry (13-15 hours)

  • Foundations of Chemistry I & II (CHEM 130 & 135, 10 hrs.) [G 3N]
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 310, 3 hrs.) [G 3N]
    or Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 330, 3 hrs.)
  • Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHEM 331, 2 hrs.)

Microbiology (5 hours)

  • Fundamentals of Microbiology (BIOL 400, 3 hrs.) [G 3N]

  • Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory (BIOL 402, 2 hrs.)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (6 hours)

  • Humanities: 1 course, 3 hrs. [G 3H]

  • Social sciences: 1 course, 3 hrs. [G 3S]


Clinical Laboratory Sciences (1 hour recommended)

  • Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS 210, 1 hr.)
    This course is only offered by the University of Kansas (Lawrence campus).

The following courses are included during the 1st year (junior year) of the professional program. Students with previous credit for these courses or equivalent will not need to enroll in them if they earned a C or better in the course:

  • Immunology (BIOL 503/CLS 538, 3 hrs.)

  • Biochemistry (BIOL 600/CLS 600 or equivalent, 3 hrs.)

Please note: all program requirements and prerequisites are subject to change at any time without notice. Please contact the program directly for more information.

Last modified: Dec 09, 2016

KU Core Requirements

All incoming KU freshmen are required to fulfill the KU Core requirements. The purpose of the KU Core is to establish a University-wide general curriculum for all baccalaureate degrees that meets six primary educational goals. The curriculum provided here has been updated to meet the KU Core requirements for fall 2016.

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is December 15. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

Learn about this program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
Tuition and fees
KU Core Courses PDF document
How to apply

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please contact Robin Merritt in the KU Undergraduate Advising Center, Strong Hall Room 132.

Students from other institutions: please contact Jan Hudzicki at KU Medical Center for advising assistance.