Diagnostic Genetic Sciences

Course descriptions

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

Professional Courses

AH 2001, 3121, 4241; DGS 3222, 3223, 4224, 4234W, 4235, 4236; DGS 4246 or AH 5700; MLSC 4500. Cytogenetics concentration students will take DGS 4248. Molecular concentration students will take one molecular elective, 2000 level or above, and two or more credits, as approved by their DGS advisor.

Cytogenetics Concentration Clinical Courses

DGS 4810, 4820, 4830, 4850 or 4997.

Molecular Concentration Practicum Courses

DGS 4402, 4503, 4604, 4850 or 4997; and one of the following: DGS 4510, 4512, 4513, 4515.

Writing in the Major

DGS 4234W

Information Literacy

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 the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, see Gainful Employment Information on the Department of Allied Health Sciences website.

For information about admission, supplemental academic standards, and clinical placement requirements, see Allied Health Sciences Professional Majors.

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