Bachelor of Science in Biology/Master of Science in Cytotechnology

General Education Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the General Education Curriculum. A complete description of the gen ed and its requirements are available in the General Education Curriculum section of the Daemen catalog. Courses that satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.


  1. Major: 89 CREDITS

    • The following courses require C or better:
    • BCH313/L General Biochemistry (3/1)
    • BIO109/L General Biology I (3/1)
    • BIO110/L General Biology II (3/1)
    • BIO308/L Genetics (3/1)
    • BIO315/L General Microbiology (3/1)
    • BIO325/L Cell Biology (3/1)
    • BIO330/L General Anatomy (4/0)
    • BIO340/L General Physiology (4/0)
    • BIO417 Immunology (3)
    • BIO440/L Molecular Biology (3/1)
    • CHE110/L Chemistry I (4/0)
    • CHE111/L Chemistry II (4/0)
    • CHE301/L Organic Chemistry I (3/1)
    • CHE302/L Organic Chemistry II (3/1)
    • NSC231 Natural Science: Scientific Language and Literacy (3)
    • NSC310 Biostatistics (3)
    • NSC331 Natural Science Literature Survey (2)
    • NSC443 Natural Science Research Seminar (2)
    • PAS511 Clinical Microbiology/Immunology (3)
    • Select one sequence:
      • PHY201/L-202/L Physics I-II (3/1-3/1)
      • PHY151/L-152/L General Physics I-II (4/0-4/0)
    • Science electives: 7 credits to be selected from recommended Science courses.
    • CMP101 English Composition (3)  (This does not require min. grade C)
    • Service Learning (3)  (This does not require min. grade C)
  2. General Education Curriculum: 36 CREDITS

    • First Year Seminar (3)
    • Learning Communities (6)
    • Depth – Discovery (9)
    • Breadth – Exploration:  
      • Natural Sciences and Mathematics:
        • MTH144 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I (3)*
        • Choose one course from: Math and Computer Science. (3)
      • Social Sciences: 
        • Choose two courses from: Anthropology, Economics, History, Psychology, Linguistics, Political Science, and Sociology. (6)
      • Humanities:
        • PHI321 Medical Ethics (3) 
        • Choose one course from: Art, English, Language (French or Spanish), Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Theater. (3)

Note: *Minimum grade C required

MS, Cytotechnology: 36 credits

  • CYT507 Cytology of the Female Genital Tract – Squamous (2)
  • CYT509 Cytology of the Female Genital Tract – Glandular and Other (2)
  • CYT510 Introduction to Cytology, Cytopreparation (1)
  • CYT605 Cytology of Body Cavity Fluids and Cerebrospinal Fluid (2)
  • CYT606 Histotechnology and Gross Pathology (3)
  • CYT607 Cytology of the Respiratory Tract (3)
  • CYT609 Cytology of the Urinary Tract (1)
  • CYT610 Cytology Laboratory Management (1)
  • CYT612 Cytology of the Gastrointestinal Tract (2)
  • CYT614 Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology I: Collection Method, Breast, Thyroid, Lymph Node (3)
  • CYT618 Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology II: Salivary, Bone and Soft Tissue, Pancreas, Liver, Kidney, Adrenal, Metatases (3)
  • CYT620 Immunohistochemistry (1)
  • CYT641 Cytology Clinical Practicum I (1)
  • CYT642 Cytology Clinical Practicum II (2)
  • CYT643 Cytology Clinical Practicum III (3)
  • CYT650 Cytology Research and Professional Development I (1)
  • CYT652 Cytology Research and Professional Development II (1)
  • CYT653 Cytology Research and Professional Development III (1)
  • PAS514 Pathophysiology (3)


Program Structure

Degrees are conferred separately for this BS/MS program. No MS will be conferred without completion in full of the complete BS/MS curriculum.

First-Year Student Admission Criteria

Acceptance into the lower division of the Biology major requires successful completion of high school chemistry and mathematics through trigonometry

Admission into the Upper Division of the Program

Students pursuing a Biology degree must apply for upper division status during the spring of their sophomore year.  Students interested in pursuing the Cytotechnology degree program will be evaluated at this time by both Daemen College and Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) faculty and staff.  The following criteria will be used to evaluate students and determine acceptance into the program:

  1. A minimum grade of C in all science courses
  2. Minimum science grade point average (GPA) of 3.00
  3. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 or higher
  4. Completion of: BIO109/L-110/L; CHE110/L-111/L; BIO325/L, BIO328/L, CHE301/L-302/L; MTH134 (if required as prerequisite to MTH144), MTH144, NSC231
  5. Laboratory skills in histology and other molecular techniques (i.e., ability to use a microscope, patience in analysis of data, precision of data analysis)
  6. Demonstrated communication skills as evidenced in interviews with Daemen and RPCI faculty and staff

Transfer student admission to upper division will be based on prior academic performance, space availability, and the requirements referenced above.

Graduation Requirements


  1. A minimum grade of C in all science courses and MTH144.
  2. Minimum science grade point average (GPA) of 3.00.
  3. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.30.


  1. A minimum grade of B in all courses, thereby resulting in a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the BS/MS, Biology/Cytotechnology from the Natural Sciences Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.