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    Our Bachelor of Science program has a more structured, professionally oriented curriculum designed to prepare students for advanced training in biology, including graduate school, and health careers. Students in this track may also specialize in bioinformatics. The courses in the major that are offered directly by the department provide rigorous training in both basic and advanced biological concepts. Most courses offered by the department include a specialized laboratory experience taught by department faculty.

    Cytotechnology & Medical Technology

    The Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a focus on the paramedical programs Cytotechnology and Medical Technology is also offered. Although most cytotechnologists work in hospital laboratories examining samples from any part of the body from which fluids can be obtained, opportunities also exist in private clinics, in private industry, and in research laboratories. Graduates of the Medical technology program provide both routine and specialized clinical laboratory testing on a variety of patient specimens in diverse settings, including hospital and independent laboratories, commercial and academic research laboratories, and public health services.

    Affiliated Programs

    We offer several year+ degree options with affiliated schools, thus facilitating a smooth transition to degrees in physical therapy at Slippery Rock University, osteopathic medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), pharmacy at the LECOM School of Pharmacy, dentistry at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine (Bradenton, FL campus) and West Virginia School of Dentistry - Dental Early Admission Program (D.E.A.P), chiropractic at Logan University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, and physician assistant studies at Chatham University. These affiliations provide for a limited number of guaranteed seats to qualified individuals as well accelerated degree completion in some instances.

    Requirements for the Major - Credits: 41Non-Independent Study Option - Credits: 41As in the Independent Study track except substitute an additional 300- or 400-level majors course in biology in place of BIOL 490. Additional electives may be selected from the Marine Science offerings.Independent Study Option - Credits: 41

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Basic Requirements - Credits: 20

    Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must achieve a minimum 2.000 average in the 100-level basic requirements course. Students may register in 200-level biology courses in any order but must maintain a biology average of 2.0 or better, before progressing to another course. A student must repeat any 200-level biology course that brings the biology average below a 2.000. Students should try to complete all 200-level biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.

    • BIOL 104 - Principles of Biology/Lab Credits: 4
    • BIOL 201 - General Botany/Lab Credits: 4
    • BIOL 212 - General Zoology/Lab Credits: 4
    • BIOL 250 - Genetics/Lab Credits: 4
    • BIOL 490 - Independent Study Credits: 3
    • BIOL 492 - Biology Seminar Credits: 1

    Additional Requirements - Credits: 15

    • BIOL 325 - Biometry / Lab Credits: 3
    • BIOL 330 - Microbiology/Lab Credits: 3
    • BIOL 335 - Cell Biology/Lab Credits: 3
    • BIOL 340 - Vertebrate Anatomy/Lab Credits: 3
    • BIOL 370 - Molecular Biology/Lab Credits: 3
    • BIOL 401 - Ecology/Lab Credits: 3
    • BIOL 410 - Animal Physiology/Lab Credits: 3
    • BIOL 451 - Plant Physiology / Lab Credits: 3

    Electives - Credits: 6

    Select two courses from the above or any approved 300 or 400-level biology major courses. Additional electives may be selected from the Marine Science offerings.Related Sciences 18 credits
    • CHEM 108 - General Chemistry II Credits: 3
    • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II Lab Credits: 1
    • CHEM 201 - Organic Chemistry I Credits: 3
    • CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II Credits: 3
    • CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: 1
    • CHEM 212 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credits: 1
    • CHEM 335 - Biochemistry I Credits: 3
    • PHYS 213 - General Physics III/ Lab Credits: 4
    College Requirements 12 credits
    • CHEM 107 - General Chemistry I Credits: 3
    • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I Lab Credits: 1
    • MATH 225 - Calculus I Credits: 4
    • PHYS 211 - General Physics I/ Lab Credits: 4
    Free Electives

    Any Computer Science (CPSC) course

    Concentration in BioInformatics - Biology

    Advances in genetics and molecular biology, and the impetus of the genome project, has generated a need for using computational sciences to understand biochemical processes. This concentration will prepare students in the interdisciplinary area of BioInformatics consisting of coursework from biology, computer science, chemistry and mathematics. The concentration in BioInformatics will allow students to either obtain jobs or pursue graduate school in the areas of bioinformatics, cellular and systems biology, genomics and proteomics, molecular structural biology, biochemistry, drug discovery, drug design, protein structure, gene finding and genome assembly to name a few.

    • CPSC 146 - Programming Principles Credits: 3
    • CPSC 246 - Advanced Programming Principles Credits: 4
    • CPSC 374 - Algorithms and Data Structures Credits: 3
    • CPSC 480 - Machine Learning and BioInformatics Credits: 3
    • MATH 230 - Calculus II Credits: 4

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT.

    We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

    In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

    • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable

    • SAT or ACT Scores

    • $30.00 application fee

    WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.

    Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Slippery Rock University.

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