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Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science (Day)

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The major in Forensic Science is designed to academically prepare students seeking to work in a forensic science laboratory or who are planning to pursue careers closely related to the field of forensic science. The major draws from the biological sciences, chemistry, and physics, as well as from the fields of criminal justice and the law, and includes significant hands-on laboratory training. The degree is generated from a cross-disciplinary perspective, blending faculty expertise from both the criminal justice and science program areas. A principal focus of the program is to prepare students for entry-level positions and for advancement in various occupations and professions in the criminal justice and forensic science areas. The faculty encourages wide and varied preparation in both the liberal arts and sciences to provide students with an appreciation of the scientific and social environment of crime and criminal justice. As students prepare for a career in forensic science, they should be aware of various sub-disciplines within the broad category of forensic science, in which they may direct their focus. For example, forensic laboratory positions may be categorized as Forensic Scientist, Forensic Technician, Forensic Examiner or Criminalist, but various disciplines will require specific coursework. Examples are as follows:
    DNA/Serology. Coursework should follow the Biology Emphasis and include genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology and other subjects, such as statistics, which provide a basic understanding of the foundations of forensic DNA analysis. Trace Evidence. Coursework should follow the Chemistry Emphasis and include organic and inorganic chemistry, as well as other subjects, such as forensic chemistry and forensic microscopy, which focus on the application of various techniques to the analysis of forensic evidence. Drug Chemistry/Toxicology. Coursework should follow the Chemistry Emphasis and include organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry, as well as forensic chemistry and other subjects, such as psychopharmacology. Students will learn how analytical techniques are applied to the analysis of illicit drugs and toxicological specimens. Physical Evidence. Coursework may follow either the Biology or Chemistry Emphases and may include additional subjects, such as fingerprint evidence and forensic microscopy, which provide a scientific foundation for the analysis of forensic evidence, such as firearms and toolmarks, questioned documents and fingerprint evidence.
Students majoring in this degree should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure proper coursework is taken for the student’s preferred career option.

Degree Requirements

A.

General Education Requirements

38-41 sem. hrs

  For a complete list of general education courses click here. For additional information on general education requirements click here.
 
  Ethics Course Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  CJAD 345View Syllabus Ethics & Morality in Criminal Justice or 3 hrs
  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics 3 hrs

B.

Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  All courses that meet this requirement can be found here.

C.

Core Requirements

60 sem. hrs

  Core requirements for both Chemistry and Biology Emphasis Areas
  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.
 
  BIOL 110View Syllabus Principles of Biology I 3 hrs
  BIOL 110LView Syllabus Principles of Biology I Laboratory 2 hrs
 
  BIOL 324View Syllabus Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or 3 hrs
  PSYC 324View Syllabus Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or 3 hrs
  SOCI 324View Syllabus Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences 3 hrs
 
  CHEM 110View Syllabus Chemistry I 3 hrs
  CHEM 111LView Syllabus Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience 2 hrs
  CHEM 112View Syllabus Chemistry II 3 hrs
  CHEM 112LView Syllabus Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs
  CHEM 310View Syllabus Organic Chemistry I 3 hrs
  CHEM 310LView Syllabus Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 hrs
  CHEM 312View Syllabus Organic Chemistry II 3 hrs
  CHEM 312LView Syllabus Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs
  FRSC 210View Syllabus Introduction to Forensic Science 3 hrs
  FRSC 310View Syllabus Professional Issues in Forensic Science 3 hrs
  FRSC 475View Syllabus Senior Seminar in Forensic Science 3 hrs
  MATH 201View Syllabus Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 5 hrs
  MATH 222View Syllabus Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 5 hrs
 
  PHYS 111View Syllabus College Physics I and 3 hrs
  PHYS 111LView Syllabus Physics I Laboratory or 2 hrs
  PHYS 211View Syllabus Calculus-based Physics I 5 hrs
 
  PHYS 112View Syllabus College Physics II and 3 hrs
  PHYS 112LView Syllabus Physics II Laboratory or 2 hrs
  PHYS 212View Syllabus Calculus-Based Physics II 5 hrs
 
  FRSC 406View Syllabus Expert and Scientific Evidence or 3 hrs
  CJAD 405View Syllabus Laws of Criminal Evidence 3 hrs
 
  In addition to successful completion of the core requirements listed above, students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree must complete one of two tracks: Chemistry or Biology.
  The decision to choose one of these two options is based on the student's career objectives which can be very specific about which coursework is required. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the student to be familiar with their targeted career track to ensure they have taken the correct coursework to be a competitive candidate for the position desired.

  Please note: As you schedule your classes, please ensure that you have a sufficient number of upper-level hours to satisfy the 39 upper-level requirement.

D.

Chemistry Emphasis

23 sem. hrs

  CHEM 306View Syllabus Analytical Chemistry I 5 hrs
  CHEM 307View Syllabus Analytical Chemistry II 5 hrs
 
  CHEM 401View Syllabus Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics or 3 hrs
  PHYS 401View Syllabus Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics 3 hrs
 
  FRSC 425View Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I or 3 hrs
  CHEM 425View Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I 3 hrs
 
  FRSC 425LView Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I Lab or 2 hrs
  CHEM 425LView Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I Lab 2 hrs
 
  FRSC 430View Syllabus (CHEM 430) Forensic Chemistry II 3 hrs
  FRSC 430LView Syllabus (CHEM 430L) Forensic Chemistry II Lab 2 hrs

E.

Biology Emphasis

29 sem. hrs

  BIOL 290View Syllabus Principles of Cell Biology 3 hrs
  BIOL 290LView Syllabus Principles of Cell Biology Laboratory 2 hrs
  BIOL 342View Syllabus Genetics 3 hrs
  BIOL 342LView Syllabus Genetics Laboratory 2 hrs
  BIOL 391View Syllabus Molecular Biology 3 hrs
  BIOL 410View Syllabus Molecular Biotechnology 3 hrs
  BIOL 410LView Syllabus Methods in Molecular Biotechnology 2 hrs
 
  BIOL 420View Syllabus Biochemistry I or 3 hrs
  CHEM 420View Syllabus Biochemistry I 3 hrs
 
  BIOL 420LView Syllabus Biochemistry Laboratory or 2 hrs
  CHEM 420LView Syllabus Biochemistry Laboratory 2 hrs
 
  BIOL 112View Syllabus Principles of Biology II 3 hrs
  BIOL 112LView Syllabus Principles of Biology II Laboratory 2 hrs
  FRSC 415View Syllabus Forensic Biology 4 hrs

F.

At least 5 hours from the following FRSC courses:

  FRSC 305View Syllabus Forensic Anthropology 3 hrs
  FRSC 315View Syllabus Forensic Microscopy 3 hrs
 
  FRSC 425View Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I or 3 hrs
  CHEM 425View Syllabus Forensic Chamistry I and 3 hrs
  FRSC 425LView Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I Laboratory or 2 hrs
  CHEM 425LView Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 hrs
 
  FRSC 430View Syllabus Forensic Chemistry II and 3 hrs
  FRSC 430LView Syllabus Forensic Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs
 
  FRSC 327View Syllabus Fingerprint Evidence 3 hrs

G.

Biology Emphasis Upper Level Electives

6 sem. hrs

  For the Biology Emphasis the 5 hours of FRSC courses mentioned above, do not fulfill the requirement of 6 elective credits of upper level electives in this section.

H.

Chemistry Emphasis Upper Level Electives

13 sem. hrs

  BIOL 221View Syllabus Clinical Microbiology 3 hrs
  BIOL 221LView Syllabus Clinical Microbiology Laboratory 2 hrs
  BIOL 223View Syllabus Anatomy 3 hrs
  BIOL 223LView Syllabus Anatomy Laboratory 2 hrs
  BIOL 312View Syllabus Microbiology 3 hrs
  BIOL 312LView Syllabus Microbiology Laboratory 2 hrs
  BIOL 342View Syllabus Genetics 1 3 hrs
  BIOL 342LView Syllabus Genetics Laboratory 1 2 hrs
  BIOL 391View Syllabus Molecular Biology 1 3 hrs
 
  BIOL 395View Syllabus Research Design in the Sciences or 3 hrs
  CHEM 395View Syllabus Research Design in the Sciences or 3 hrs
  ENVS 395View Syllabus Research Design in the Sciences 3 hrs
 
  BIOL 410View Syllabus Molecular Biotechnology 1 3 hrs
  BIOL 410LView Syllabus Methods in Molecular Biotechnology 1 2 hrs
 
  BIOL 420View Syllabus Biochemistry 1 or 3 hrs
  CHEM 420View Syllabus Biochemistry 1 or 3 hrs
 
  BIOL 420LView Syllabus Biochemistry Laboratory 1 2 hrs
  CHEM 420LView Syllabus Biochemistry Laboratory 1 2 hrs
 
  BIOL 422View Syllabus Biochemistry II or 3 hrs
  CHEM 422View Syllabus Biochemistry II 3 hrs
 
  BIOL 472View Syllabus Psychopharmacology or 3 hrs
  PSYC 472View Syllabus Psychopharmacology 3 hrs
 
  CHEM 306View Syllabus Analytical Chemistry I 2 5 hrs
  CHEM 307View Syllabus Analytical Chemistry II 2 5 hrs
  CHEM 322View Syllabus Inorganic Chemistry 3 hrs
 
  CHEM 401View Syllabus Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics 2 or 3 hrs
  PHYS 401View Syllabus Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics 2 3 hrs
 
  CHEM 412View Syllabus Advanced Experimental Chemistry 3 hrs
  CJAD 201View Syllabus Criminal Investigation 3 hrs
  CJAD 203View Syllabus Crime Scene Investigation 3 hrs
  CJAD 303View Syllabus Crime Scene Photography 3 hrs
  CJAD 405View Syllabus Laws of Criminal Evidence 3 hrs
  CJAD 399View Syllabus Criminal Justice Internship 1-3 hrs
  CJAD 406View Syllabus Expert and Scientific Evidence 3 hrs
  CJAD 415View Syllabus Criminal Procedures 3 hrs
  CJAD 413View Syllabus Bloodstain Evidence 3 hrs
  CJAD 499View Syllabus Advanced Criminal Justice Internship 1-3 hrs
  FRSC 305View Syllabus Forensic Anthropology 3 hrs
  FRSC 315View Syllabus Forensic Microscopy 3 hrs
  FRSC 327View Syllabus Fingerprint Evidence 3 hrs
  FRSC 333Syllabus Not Available Topics 1-3 hrs
  FRSC 406View Syllabus Expert and Scientific Evidence 3 hrs
  FRSC 415View Syllabus Forensic Biology 1 4 hrs
 
  FRSC 425View Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I 2 or 3 hrs
  CHEM 425View Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I 2 3 hrs
 
  FRSC 425LView Syllabus Forensic Chemistry II Laboratory 2 or 2 hrs
  CHEM 425LView Syllabus Forensic Chemistry II Laboratory 2
 
  FRSC 430View Syllabus Forensic Chemistry II 2 3 hrs
  FRSC 430LView Syllabus Forensic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 2 hrs
  FRSC 433Syllabus Not Available Topics 1-3 hrs
  FRSC 445View Syllabus Forensic Pathology 3 hrs
  PSYC 450View Syllabus Abnormal Psychology 3 hrs

I.

Crime Scene Investigation Certificate (Optional)

15 sem. hrs

J.

TOTAL

137 - 147 sem. hrs

K.

Note(s)

  The total semester hours required for the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science degree are variable and dependent, in part, upon preparatory coursework requirements and core requirements that simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.
  A candidate for a baccalaureate degree with a major in Forensic Science must pass, with a satisfactory rating (grade of C or higher), FRSC 475 - Senior Seminar in Forensic Science 3 hours, as a culminating evaluative experience.

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