Jun 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Special Programs

Medical Laboratory Science (Clinical Program)

Charleston Southern offers a Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Science.   Students will take the first three years of MLS coursework at Charleston Southern.  Once completed, the students may apply to approved lab programs for the purpose of earning 8 lab credit hours. Graduates are eligible to apply for ASCP board certification as medical laboratory scientists upon completion of the program.   However, the 8 external lab hours are not required for graduation.

The MLS Program has three phases: the degree work at CSU; clinical rotations at the Medical University of South Carolina, and, should the student wish to sit for the ASCP certification, student laboratory  hours (8 credit hours, 13 weeks) at approved clinical sites. At each phase of the program, students must learn to integrate practice with theoretical knowledge and understanding.

In addition to transferred credit, the student must complete all outstanding core courses, the cognate, and any elective courses to total at least 120 credit hours. Refer to the Biology: Medical Laboratory Science Emphasis (BS Degree)  section of this catalog for more details.

Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is a comprehensive developmental program designed for those students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission to the university, and for those who are not prepared to enroll in Math 111 and/or English 111. The focus is primarily on reviewing basic algebraic skills, composing cogent error-reduced written prose, and developing effective learning and studying strategies. For details, refer to the types of acceptance under Enrollment Services and departmental information under the Bridge Program found in this catalog.

Preprofessional Programs

Charleston Southern University offers students an opportunity to pursue preprofessional studies in the areas of predentistry, pre-engineering, prelaw, and premedicine and then transfer to the professional school of their choice. For specific courses in each preprofessional program students should consult the entrance requirements of the professional institutions they wish to attend upon graduation from Charleston Southern University. The fields included are:


Most students entering dental schools have the baccalaureate degree. Some schools, however, will accept applicants with three years of prescribed study. Predental students are advised to consult with the catalogs of their prospective dental schools for specific requirements and to consult the Chairperson of the Biology or Chemistry Department at CSU.


Prelaw refers to a student’s engaging in a course of study, including the selection of a major and a minor and the selection of elective courses, under the guidance of the prelaw advisor in the Department of History and Political Science. The goals are preparing the student to perform well in law school and increasing the likelihood of admission to the law school of the student’s choice.

Although a prelaw student may select any major/minor combination and any courses needed for general elective credit, the Supreme Court of South Carolina has found that taking courses in Accounting, Economics, English, Communication, History, Literature, Logic, Political Science, and Philosophy are very beneficial in taking the bar examinations.


Because of the competition, the majority of students entering medical schools have a baccalaureate degree. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required and it should be taken in the spring of the Junior year. Premedical students should be advised by the Chairperson of the Biology or Chemistry Department at CSU.


Pharmacy schools require two years of prepharmacy courses and three years of the professional pharmacy curriculum. Students desiring to major in prepharmacy should consult the School of Pharmacy of the university in which they plan to transfer for prerequisite requirements. For advising, the student should consult the Chairperson of the Biology or Chemistry Department at CSU.


ROTC Programs

Charleston Southern University offers Air Force and Army ROTC programs. For more information, see the College of Science and Mathematics  section of this catalog.