Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

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

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

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


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements60
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

* 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.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select 9-10 credits:9-10
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Lab
Calculus I
General Physics I with Lab
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46


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.
  • If you have questions about Financial Aid, visit their website.
  • To view the SRU policy on senior undergraduate students earning graduate credit, click here.
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
Required Upper-Level Biology
BIOL 316Medical Immunology with Lab 11
BIOL 335Cell Biology/Lab 13
BIOL 470Histology with Lab 13
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
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
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 Cytotechnology 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


NSM 390Clinical Experience14

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

BIOLOGY - BS (6108)
Concentration in Cytotechnology (CYTE)
This program is effective as of Fall 2016.
Revised 12.14.2020