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Medical Technology Major

The Bachelor of Science Medical Technology major is only available to students admitted to Drury’s traditional day school as first-time freshmen (i.e., non-transfer students with the exception of up to 30 credit hours of dual, IB, and/or AP credit from high school) who also complete one year of clinical coursework at the CoxHealth School of Medical Technology. Your Drury Fusion and all courses listed below also must be completed during the first three years at Drury. Upon completion of all coursework at Drury and CoxHealth, students will have earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Medical Technology from Drury. Graduates of the program will be qualified to serve as medical technologists and/or pursue further certification to specialize within medical laboratory science.


The Medical Technology major requires a minimum of 41 credit hours.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.
Co-requisites must be taken during the same semester.

Required Courses

BIOL 172: Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite or Co-Requisite: DAY-CHEM 115 or CHEM 208 or CHEM 238. CCPS-BIOL 102.
This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. The molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription, mRNA processing and translation will be emphasized. In addition, regulation of these processes will be explored. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in biology or related disciplines.

BIOL 181: Genetics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Day-BIOL 172. CCPS-Co-requisite: BIOL 181-L. This course will apply the knowledge acquired in BIOL 172 to the inheritance patterns of genetic traits between individuals and within populations. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 182: Evolution
2 credit hours

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: DAY- BIOL 181. CCPS-BIOL 172. An introduction to the principles of evolutionary biology, including the history, processes and patterns of evolution as well as systematic biology.

BIOL 208: Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-BIOL 110 or BIOL 172. CCPS-CHEM 103 and CHEM 107. A study of bacterial diversity, physiology, biochemistry and genetics as they relate to the environment and to human welfare. Fungi and viruses also are discussed. Laboratory methods for the identification of bacteria are introduced. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 308: Immunology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: DAY-BIOL 181 and CHEM 238. CCPS-BIOL 102, BIOL 172, and CHEM 107.
A study of the immune response and its relationship to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. Topics include immune systems, immunopathology and antibodies.

BIOL 313: Advanced Microbiology
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Day-BIOL 181 and CHEM 238. CCPS BIOL 181 and CHEM 107.
This course will examine the unique physiology of the Archaea and Procaryotae and their roles in ecology and human disease. Techniques for identification of these organisms also will be studied. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 351: Junior Seminar I
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 181. This course provides biology majors with information on pre? and post?graduate opportunities, prepares them for graduate studies related to biology by developing a resume and statement of purpose, and gives them experience speaking publicly on biological topics using appropriate technology. S/U Grading.

CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
3 credit hours

A fundamental course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, fundamentals of inorganic complexes and an introduction to the chemistry of main group elements.

CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

A fundamental laboratory course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the preparation of inorganic complexes, resolution of chiral transition metal compounds, ion conductivity and a preparation of a main group inorganic compound.

CHEM 312: Organic Chemistry Reactions
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238. This lecture course studies the chemistry of all major organic functional groups in one semester. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry and some mechanisms and theory. Emphasis is placed on the reactions and their application in synthesis.

CHEM 312-L: Organic Chemistry Reactions Lab
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 238-LThis laboratory course develops organic lab skills and techniques through organic reaction experiments and characterization of organic compounds using NMR and IR spectroscopy and instrumentation.

MATH 109: College Algebra
3 credit hours

It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry or MATH 100 in order to be successful in this course. A study of functions and graphs, solutions of equations and inequalities and the properties of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

 It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.

Choose one (4 hrs.): 

CHEM 115: General Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in Chemistry; declared major in Biochemistry; declared major or minor in Exercise Physiology; declared major or minor in Health Science; or, declared minor in Pre-Engineering. A lecture course that covers general chemistry concepts and introduces topics to be covered in more detail in the foundational courses. Topics include percent composition, stoichiometry, balancing equations, limiting reagent, thermodynamics, periodic table trends and nomenclature.

CHEM 115-L: General Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in Chemistry; declared major in Biochemistry; declared major or minor in Exercise Physiology; declared major or minor in Health Science; or, declared minor in Pre-Engineering. A laboratory course that introduces the student to laboratory equipment and techniques they will use later in the curriculum. Topics and techniques include stoichiometry, making solutions, building apparatuses and exposure to equipment. There will be an emphasis placed on how to keep a proper lab notebook. This course is designed to augment CHEM 115.

CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
3 credit hours

A lecture course that covers analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include statistical analysis, quantitative chemical analysis, chemical equilibria, eletroanalytical techniques and fundamentals of spectroscopy.

CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
1 credit hours

A laboratory course designed to give students experiences with analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include data analysis, chemical equilibria (acid-base and complexation), redox titrations and spectroscopy.

Choose one (4 hrs.): 

BIOL 324: Cellular and Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 181. It is recommended that students have completed CHEM 336 and CHEM 315 in order to be successful in this course. Advanced molecular mechanisms of gene expression and control. Methods of genetic engineering and production of transgenic organisms. Lecture.

CHEM 336: Biochemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. It is recommended that students have completed CHEM 327 in order to be successful in this course. A lecture course that studies the structure and function of biological molecules. Topics include enzyme kinetics, synthesis and degradation of biological molecules, and energy production. Emphasis will be placed on enzyme mechanisms and regulation.

A minimum of 94 semester hours and all Your Drury Fusion courses are required prior to entrance in the CoxHealth School of Medical Technology, and the final year of the curriculum will be at the Cox-South campus in Springfield. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Medical Technology will eventually be granted from Drury.