Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Biology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Cytotechnology - Rock Studies

Beginning Spring 2021, students will no longer be able to select this concentration. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Stacy Hrizo.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Respective program graduates should demonstrate synthetic, analytical, and interpretive skills.  
  • Knowledge/Content: Graduates should demonstrate that they are founded in the discipline at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels and that they have a fundamental understanding of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. 
  • Practical Skills: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory related skills.
  • Communication Skills: Respective program graduates should demonstrate strong oral, digital, and written communication skills.
  • Professional Attitude: Graduates demonstrate professional attitude, behavior, and ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in writing based on longitudinal data as opposed to point in time data.

Related Links

Biology - Cytotechnology, BS Program Page

Biology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
Science GPA: 2.0 or higher
Core GPA: 2.0 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements44
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements60
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives16

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4
Subtotal17
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours44

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements 

  • 60 credits = 42 coursework credits; 18 clinical credits
  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Students desiring a Biology Major must maintain at least a 2.000 average in Biology.
  • Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must achieve a 2.000 average in Principles of Biology -BIOL 104.
  • Students may register in 200-level courses in any order, but must maintain a Biology average of 2.000 or better and must complete the 200 core sequence before progressing to 300 and 400-level courses in the major.
  • A student must repeat any 200-level course that brings the Biology average below a 2.000.
  • Students should complete all 200-level Biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.
Biology Core Requirements
BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab 1,24
BIOL 210Medical Microbiology with Lab 1,23
BIOL 216Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 1,23
BIOL 217Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 1,23
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab 1,24
Subtotal17
Required Upper-Level Biology
BIOL 316Medical Immunology with Lab 11
BIOL 335Cell Biology/Lab 13
BIOL 470Histology with Lab 13
Subtotal7
Upper-Level Biology Elective
Students must take 2 of the following courses:2
Medical Parasitology with Lab 1
Medical Mycology/Lab 1
Medical Virology with a Lab 1
Subtotal2
Related Sciences - Chemistry
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 33
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 31
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I 33
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II 33
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 31
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 31
CHEM 335Biochemistry I 33
CHEM 336Biochemistry Laboratory I 31
Subtotal16
Clinical Experience (18 credits to complete 120 hrs in degree)
Minimum of 91 hrs on campus plus 1 yr (12 months) at an affiliated School of Medical Technology or one acceptable to SRU
NSM 390Experimental 318
Total Hours60

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 225Calculus I4
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab4

Electives

NSM 390Clinical Experience14

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. Career education and development
  2. Student-faculty research
  3. Volunteering
  4. Job Shadowing

BIOLOGY - BS (6108)
Concentration in Cytotechnology (CYTE)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 7.2019
UCC 2.5.2019

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
BIOL 104 Principles of Biology with Lab 4
CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I Lab 1
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
CHEM 108 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II Lab 1
BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 3
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
 Hours14
Second Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
BIOL 210 Medical Microbiology with Lab 3
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
BIOL 217 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
 Hours16
Spring
BIOL 335 Cell Biology/Lab 3
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall
MATH 225 Calculus I 4
CHEM 335 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 336 Biochemistry Laboratory I 1
Thematic Thread (#1) 3
Thematic Thread (#2) 3
 Hours14
Spring
Select two of the following: 2
Medical Parasitology with Lab  
Medical Mycology/Lab  
Medical Virology with a Lab  
BIOL 316 Medical Immunology with Lab 1
BIOL 470 Histology with Lab 3
PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab 4
Thematic Thread (#3) 3
Thematic Thread (#4) 3
 Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
NSM 390School of Cytotechnology 18
 Hours18
Spring
NSM 390School of Cytotechnology 14
 Hours14
 Total Hours**123

Major Code: 6108
Concentration Code: CYTE
Revised date: 9-2019

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.