Diagnostic Genetic Sciences
The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and offers two concentrations: Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics. Cytogenetic technologists study blood, bone marrow, solid tissues, and amniotic fluid for chromosomal abnormalities that are associated with genetic malformations and diseases like cancer. Molecular technologists evaluate and investigate DNA and RNA with regards to disease, identity, cancer and forensics. The on-campus course requirements for the two emphasis areas are the same, but the clinical courses differ.
Both concentrations are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS):National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
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Graduates are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) certification examination in their concentration (Cytogenetics or Molecular Biology) 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
University entry-level competencies have been reviewed and satisfy all program requirements
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 Med-ical 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 Mo-lecular 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.