Medical & Molecular Sciences Majors
The interdisciplinary forensic science minor is designed to prepare students earning a Bachelor of Science degree in a life science or basic science for an entry-level position in the field of forensic science. In addition, this minor will appeal to students wanting a fundamental knowledge of forensic science who do not want a position as a forensic scientist. The minor provides students with an understanding of the judicial system, procedures for proper collection and preservation of physical evidence, laboratory skills, and knowledge about the methods of analysis of physical evidence. The minor requires a minimum of 18 credits. Students must earn grades of C- or higher in all required and elective courses.
The interdisciplinary minor in Genetic Counseling is designed to help students interested in pursuing a career in genetic counseling become well prepared to meet the criteria to apply for an advanced degree (MS) in genetic counseling. Genetic counselors are professionals who have completed specialized education in genetics and counseling in order to provide the personalized medical guidance patients may need as they make decisions about their genetic health. With the genetic testing market size predicted to double from 2020 to 2030, the number of genetic counselors is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics(superscript 1 needs to be added).
The minor requires 22 credits plus prerequisites*. All courses require a minimum grade of C-.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Genetic Counselors, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/genetic-counselors.htm (visited July 26, 2022).
- National Society of Genetic Counselors
- Become a Genetic Counselor
- List of Genetic Counseling Graduate Programs
- Bureau of Labor Statistics for Genetic Counselors
- Future Genetic Counselors Club
A minor in Medical Diagnostics may be earned by a student in any University bachelor’s degree program through successful completion of a minimum of 15 credits as described below. This minor provides students, especially those preparing for admission to professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and to graduate programs in related health fields, with the basic knowledge to evaluate and interpret clinical laboratory data. Before beginning these courses, the student must meet the required course prerequisites. Additional courses for satisfying the requirements for the minor may be approved by the Department. A minimum of C- is required in all courses completed for the minor.
The Molecular Diagnostics minor is designed to assist students earning a Bachelor of Science degree in such majors as: Animal and Food Sciences, Food Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Earth Science Education, Geological Sciences, Marine Science, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Medical Diagnostics, Exercise Science, and Nutritional Sciences, for an entry-level position in a laboratory utilizing molecular diagnostic techniques.
This program is a hybrid online and on-campus post-baccalaureate certificate program. The courses are designed for the mature medical laboratory scientist working in the clinical laboratory, in addition to the fields of forensics, biotechnology, and pharmaceutics. The information presented in each course will provide scientists with the opportunity to update their skills and knowledge, allowing them to meet the increasing demands of modern molecular biology theory and application.