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Overview Admissions Program Outcomes Essential Program Requirements

Undergraduate Major — Overview

The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences (DGS) major offered by the Department of Allied Health Sciences is available for UConn students in their junior and senior years. Students will apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year as part of a competitive application process. The average program class size is 14 students.

Students in the DGS Program take coursework and laboratory training for 3 semesters on the UConn Storrs campus. During their 4th and final semester, they'll complete an internship at an affiliated laboratory. The plan of study is a one-cohort plan and courses are offered once per year. Therefore, students enter the program in the fall semester only. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

See the sample sequence of courses for additional information about program requirements.