Prerequisite courses

Students enter the KU cytotechnology program after accumulating three years of college course work, totaling 90 hours as indicated below. Transfer students please note that a maximum of 64 credits are allowed to transfer from community colleges. Since missing specific courses may delay or prevent your entry into the problem, it is strongly recommended students contact the program as early in their college career as possible to ensure all requirements will be met on time.

KU course numbers are provided as a guide. Students from other institutions need to verify equivalent course work will meet the program requirements. All courses are required unless otherwise noted and substitutions or exceptions are not allowed.

Biological Sciences (20 hrs.)

Required courses:
BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (4 hrs.)
BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
   -OR- BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology (3 hrs.)
BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (3 hrs.)

In addition to the required courses above, 10 credit hours of biology course work may be chosen by the student. The following courses have been suggested by the program director as helpful to future study in cytotechnology but they are not required.
BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (3 hrs.)
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology (3 hrs.)
BIOL 405 Laboratory in Genetics (3 hrs.)
BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function (3 hrs.)
BIOL 417 Biology of Development (3 hrs.)
BIOL 450 Cancer Biology (3 hrs.)
BIOL 570 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 hrs.)
BIOL 590 Principles of Embryology (3 hrs.)
BIOL 595 Human Genetics (3 hrs.)
BIOL 636 Cytology and Cytogenetics (3 hrs.)

Chemistry (8-10 hrs.)

CHEM 184 Foundations of Chemistry I (5 hrs., includes lab)
CHEM 188 Foundations of Chemistry II (5 hrs., includes lab)

Math (3 hrs.)

MATH 101 College Algebra (or higher) (3 hrs.)

English (6 hrs.)

ENGL 101 Composition (3 hrs.)
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing (3 hrs.)

Oral Communication (3 hrs.)

COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (3 hrs.)
or COMS 150 or COMS 230 or PHIL 148

Western Civilization, Non-western Culture
and Humanities (12 hrs.)

See principle course list in Undergraduate Catalog

Social Sciences (6 hrs.)

See principle course list in Undergraduate Catalog

Optional Additional Courses:

These courses are not required for the cytotechnology degree; however, they will be very useful as you enter the program. Art History, for example, is extremely helpful for developing visual skills required by successful cytotechnologists. Additional mathematics and statistcs prearation has been beneficial to students as well.
MATH 111. MATH 365, or BIOL 570 (3 hrs.)
H A 100, H A 150 or H A 151 (3 hrs.)

Last modified: Mar 14, 2013