Chemistry programs

Northwestern’s chemistry department is recognized by Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges as a top program that attracts top students. Whether you’re thinking about research, science teaching, medicine or another career, studying chemistry at Northwestern will prepare you to bring your faith to the complex research and ethical questions facing today’s scientists.

Medical Laboratory Science Major

The medical laboratory science program is designed to furnish the student with a liberal arts education and with the skills required to serve as a medical lab scientist. The program is based upon three years of college preparatory work and one year in clinical, professional training at one of several hospital-based programs affiliated with Northwestern College. Upon satisfactory completion of the four years of study, the student will receive the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in medical laboratory science. (Students may elect to spend four years at Northwestern before entering the clinical year, a so-called 4+1 program.) At the conclusion of the program, a national registration examination is taken, leading to certification in medical laboratory science. A certificate of completion will be issued by the affiliated hospital-based school.

The medical laboratory science student must fulfill all of Northwestern College’s Bachelor of Arts degree requirements, and a minimum of 96 credits must be earned at Northwestern. Additionally, between 30 and 40 credits are received for the course work completed while enrolled in the hospital-based clinical program.

Courses in anatomy, biochemistry, computer science, statistics, physics, communication (speech), management, psychology, parasitology, and education are also recommended. A minimum of 96 credits must be earned with a minimum grade point average of 2.80 for admission into the clinical year. The clinical year of professional study at an affiliated hospital includes the following courses:

Clinical Chemistry 6-12
Clinical Hematology 5-8
Clinical Immunohematology 3-6
Clinical Immunology 2-5
Clinical Microbiology 6-12
Clinical Urinalysis/Microscopy/Body Fluids 1-3

Northwestern College is affiliated with hospital-based schools of medical laboratory science located at:

Mercy Medical Center
Sioux City, Iowa

St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center
Sioux City, Iowa

Sanford Health
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Applications to the hospital-based programs are usually made early in the academic year preceding the clinical year. The application deadline is October 1. Specific information regarding each hospital program, including application deadlines and procedures, credit hours awarded by each hospital program, fees, and other information is available from the coordinator on Northwestern’s campus. Students must register at Northwestern in order to receive financial aid. An administrative fee is charged for all off-campus programs. Northwestern does not charge tuition for the year of professional training. Costs vary with each hospital-based program. Students interested in careers in medical laboratory science are urged to consult with the coordinator for this program at the earliest possible time.

Program Coordinator: T. Lubben

The pre-professional preparation at Northwestern must include the following courses:

BIO 115 - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIO 202WI - Genetics
BIO 203 - Microbiology
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
BIO 315WI - Immunology
CHE 315 - Instrumental Analysis
CHE 321 - Organic Chemistry
CHE 322 - Organic Chemistry
MAT 208 - Biostatistics
Choose one course: 4
BIO 326x - Biochemistry:Proteins and Metabolism
CHE 326x - Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism
Choose one sequence: 8
CHE 101 - College Chemistry
CHE 102 - College Chemistry
CHE 111 - General Chemistry*
CHE 112 - General Chemistry
Total credits required: 48


*Recommended option