Inspired by the sciences.

Your curiosity about the world around you has inspired you to seek a degree in biology. Yet, your curiosity also lies in the area of cytotechnology, or the study of cells removed from the body for determination of cancer. At Marian, you’ll be inspired to pair your interest in biology with a specialization in cytotechnology, allowing you to make the most of your interests and graduate with more possibilities.

Marian's Biology-Cytotechnology Program prepares you for personal and professional success after graduation through applied learning experiences. Graduates of the program go on to work in medical laboratories, where they prepare, screen and diagnose specimens, with other going on to become oncologists, pathologists, researchers, writers and teachers. 


Program Information

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .

The Program
The Biology-Cytotechnology Program combines the liberal arts core curriculum with challenging, hands-on learning associated with Marian’s biology degree, with a specialization in cytotechnology. You’ll be met with numerous opportunities to conduct research in the laboratory, as well as receive personalized support and instruction from passionate faculty and staff. The program includes a requirement for acceptance into a year-long specialized training in cytotechnology at the School of Cytotechnology, State Laboratory of Hygiene, in Madison.

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements

Biology courses
16 credits:
CHE 101 Principles of Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHE 102 Principles of Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I - Lecture, 3 cr.
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II - Lecture, 3 cr.
CHE 251 Organic Chemistry I - Laboratory, 1 cr.
CHE 252 Organic Chemistry II - Laboratory, 1 cr.

28 credits:
BIO 010 Biology Seminar I, 0 cr.
BIO 020 Biology Seminar II, 0 cr.
BIO 101 Biological Principles I & Lab, 4 cr.
BIO 102 Biological Principles II & Lab, 4 cr.
BIO 231 Botany & Lab, 4 cr.
BIO 300 Biology Literature and Seminar, 2 cr.
BIO 301 Genetics & Lab, 4 cr.
BIO 302 Cell and Molecular Biology, 4 cr.
BIO 311 Molecular and Physiological Microbiology, 4 cr.
BIO 425 Biology Senior Research I, 1 cr.
BIO 426 Biology Senior Research II, 1 cr.

4-8 credits from the following:
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIO 310 Invertebrate Zoology & Lab, 4 cr.
BIO 312 Developmental Biology & Lab, 4 cr.
BIO 322 Vertebrate Zoology & Lab, 4 cr.

2-6 credits:
Biology electives

Cytotechnology courses
8 credits:
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.

3-4 credits from the following:
BIO 402 Virology & Lab, 4 cr.
BIO 422 Immunology, 3 cr.

4 credits:
MAT 122 Introduction to Probability and Statistics, 4 cr.

32 credits:
School of Cytotechnology

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

As a student in the Biology-Cytotechnology Program, you’ll explore the world of biology, with valuable insights into human anatomy, cell biology and research projects in your area of interest. Marian University is one of a few colleges in the area to provide undergraduate students access to human cadavers, allowing you hands-on experience with dissection of real human parts – not just plastic models.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

John Morris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Chair
Biology & Chemistry Department

At Marian, you’ll immerse yourself in both theory and practical application of biology and cytotechnology principles, while enhancing your degree with a well-rounded liberal arts perspective. The Marian University experience features personalized support and quality hands-on learning and teaching experiences, all of which aim to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
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Fun Fact

To conserve water and reduce plastic bottle waste, Marian installed four hydration centers as part of their “going green” and sustainability efforts (Source: Marian University Sustainability Committee, 2014).

Campus Info

Marian University
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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