BSHS in Medical Genetics and Molecular Biology and MSHS in Clinical Microbiology

The Dual Degree BSHS in Medical Genetics and Molecular Biology and MSHS in Clinical Microbiology is an accelerated pathway to the graduate degree by incorporating graduate courses into the undergraduate program at the tuition rate of an undergraduate course.  Students who pursue this pathway have fewer credits to complete at the graduate level.  

Completion of this combined program prepares graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for careers in hospitals, diagnostic clinical molecular laboratories, public health laboratories, biotechnology companies, government agencies, and research institutes. Graduates of the Dual Degree program are prepared to solve complex issues in medical genetics and molecular biology and diagnose and prevent the spread of infectious disease.  In addition, students who complete this dual degree program will be eligible to take the Technologist Board of Certification examinations in Molecular Biology and Microbiology offered by the American Society for Clinical pathology (ASCP).

Admission/Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of an applicable associate degree from a partner community college.
  • Graduated with a cumulative GPA in the applicable associate degree of 3.00 or greater.
  • Completed each transferable coursework with a grade of C (C minus will not meet the requirement) or higher. If a science prerequisite is repeated, all grades will be factored into the GPA.
  • To remain eligible to continue into the MSHS portion, students must graduate from the BSHS program and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Completed GW application process.


Prerequisite Courses Examples
6 credits in English composition composition I and composition II.
3 credits in humanities art theory/history, literature, religion, ethics, history, foreign language, etc...
3 credits in college math (college algebra, statistics, or higher) college algebra, precalculus, calculus, statistics, etc..
6 credits in social sciences sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology, criminology, government, etc...
8 credits of biology with lab general biology I & II, anatomy & physiology I & II, biology for the health sciences I & II, etc...
8 credits of chemistry with lab general chemistry I & II, chemistry for the health sciences I & II, college chemistry I & II, etc..

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Program Director: Graciela Lopez Gamboa
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