The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences (DGS) major is an educational and clinical training program in genetic testing leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Diagnostic genetic science is the evaluation of chromosomes and DNA for the prediction of risk for disease, diagnosis of disease, and/or identification of prognostic biomarkers of survival or therapy. There are two concentrations in the DGS major, cytogenetics and molecular diagnostic sciences, both accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) (5600 N. River Rd, Suite 70, Rosemont IL 60018-5119; 773-714-8880). The DGS curriculum includes on-campus didactic and laboratory coursework and an off-site laboratory internship at an affiliated genetics laboratory. Graduates are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification examination in the respective concentration, immediately upon graduation.
The course requirements listed below may also be used to satisfy the University’s General Education requirements.
Mathematics and Science Courses
- BIOL 1107;
- CHEM 1124Q and 1125Q or CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q; CHEM 2241 or CHEM 2443;
- MATH 1040Q or 1060Q or 1125Q or above;
- MCB 2400 or 2410, 2610;
- STAT 1000Q or 1100Q.
Cytogenetics Concentration Clinical Courses
Molecular Concentration Practicum Courses
Writing in the Major
Competencies will be met through successful completion of program major courses
Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Certificate Program
The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Certificate Program is open to individuals with a baccalaureate degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, or the biological or natural sciences, and who meet the specific course prerequisites and academic standards. Students apply to one of two concentrations within this program: Cytogenetics or Molecular Diagnostics. Upon completion, the student receives a certificate from the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Upon successful completion of the Program, students are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) certification examination in their concentration (Cytogenetics or Molecular Biology), immediately upon graduation.
For information about admission, supplemental academic standards, and clinical placement requirements, see Allied Health Sciences Professional Majors.