The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences (DGS) major is an educational and clinical training program in genetic and genomic testing leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Genetic and genomic testing information is used for screening, diagnosing, prognosticating and monitoring many human diseases. Diagnostic genetic scientists are credentialed professionals critical to the research, application and translation of genetics and genomics to personalized or precision medicine. Students in the DGS professional degree program complete requirements for diagnostic molecular sciences which is 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 clinical and research internship at an affiliated laboratory. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification examination in molecular biology (MB) 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 1060Q or 1125Q or above;
- MCB 2400 or 2410, 2610;
- STAT 1000Q or 1100Q.
Molecular Practicum Courses
Writing in the Major
Competencies will be met through successful completion of program major courses
Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Certificate Program
The Department of Allied Health Sciences also offers a Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Certificate. Please see the University of Connecticut Graduate Catalog for more information