This degree offers a cytogenetics or molecular biology track. These tracks require the same course work at NMU but differ in the senior practicum. Diagnostic genetics focuses on the identification of abnormalities of chromosomes or regions of DNA associated with pathology and disease. This field is growing rapidly and is driven in part by discoveries of genes associated with inherited disorders that are reported by the human genome project, and in part by advances in biotechnology. The small-group, high-tech laboratory environments at Northern prepare students to function in clinical, research and commercial work settings. Students participate in two clinical practicum experiences—one at the sophomore level and another at the senior level. The senior practicum is conducted at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
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*Note: Students may substitute any clinical laboratory science practicum (above 200) in place of the CLS 2XX series.
** MA 171 has a prerequisite of MA 103 or MA 104 or MA 105 or equivalent.