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Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science (Day)

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.

Department

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements: 38-41 sem.

  • 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 345 Ethics & Morality in Criminal Justice or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • All courses that meet this requirement can be found here.

Core Requirements 65 sem. hrs

  • Core requirements for both Chemistry and Biology Emphasis Areas
  • Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better. All core requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better. Courses in the major may not be taken Pass/Fail.
  • BIOL 110 Principles of Biology I 3 hrs
  • BIOL 110L Principles of Biology I Laboratory

    2 hrs

  • BIOL 324 Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or 3 hrs
  • PSYC 324 Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences or 3 hrs
  • SOCI 324 Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences

    3 hrs

  • CHEM 110 Chemistry I 3 hrs
  • CHEM 111L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience 2 hrs
  • CHEM 112 Chemistry II 3 hrs
  • CHEM 112L Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs
  • CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I 3 hrs
  • CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 hrs
  • CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry II 3 hrs
  • CHEM 312L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs
  • FRSC 210 Introduction to Forensic Science 3 hrs
  • FRSC 310 Professional Issues in Forensic Science 3 hrs
  • FRSC 475 Senior Seminar in Forensic Science 3 hrs
  • MATH 201 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 5 hrs
  • MATH 222 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II

    5 hrs

  • PHYS 111 College Physics I and 3 hrs
  • PHYS 111L Physics I Laboratory or 2 hrs
  • PHYS 211 Calculus-based Physics I

    5 hrs

  • PHYS 112 College Physics II and 3 hrs
  • PHYS 112L Physics II Laboratory or 2 hrs
  • PHYS 212 Calculus-Based Physics II

    5 hrs

  • FRSC 406 Expert and Scientific Evidence or 3 hrs
  • CJAD 405 Laws of Criminal Evidence 3 hrs
  • FRSC 430 Physical and Chemical Methods in Forensic Science 3 hrs
  • FRSC 430L Physical and Chemical Methods in Forensic Science Laboratory 2 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.

Chemistry Emphasis 21 sem. hrs

  • Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better. All core requirements, within each emplasis area, must be completed with a grade of C or better. Courses in the major may not be taken Pass/Fail
  • CHEM 337 Instrumental Analysis

    5 hrs

  • CHEM 401 Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics or 3 hrs
  • PHYS 401 Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics

    3 hrs

  • FRSC 425 Forensic Chemistry I or 3 hrs
  • CHEM 425 Forensic Chemistry I

    3 hrs

  • FRSC 425L Forensic Chemistry I Lab or 2 hrs
  • CHEM 425L Forensic Chemistry I Lab

    2 hrs

  • CHEM 335 Quantitative Analysis 5 hrs
  • FRSC 315 Forensic Microscopy 3 hrs

Biology Emphasis 32-34 sem. hrs

  • Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better. All core requirements, within each emplasis area, must be completed with a grade of C or better. Courses in the major may not be taken Pass/Fail
  • BIOL 112 Principles of Biology II 3 hrs
  • BIOL 112L Principles of Biology II Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 254L Genetics Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 254 Genetics 3 hrs
  • BIOL 345 Principles of Cell Biology 3 hrs
  • BIOL 345L Principles of Cell Biology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 391 Molecular Biology 3 hrs
  • BIOL 410 Molecular Biotechnology 3 hrs
  • BIOL 410L Methods in Molecular Biotechnology

    2 hrs

  • BIOL 420 Biochemistry I or 3 hrs
  • CHEM 420 Biochemistry I

    3 hrs

  • BIOL 420L Biochemistry Laboratory or 2 hrs
  • CHEM 420L Biochemistry Laboratory 2 hrs

At least 4-6 hours from the following FRSC courses:

  • FRSC 305 Forensic Anthropology 3 hrs
  • FRSC 315 Forensic Microscopy 3 hrs
  • FRSC 415 Forensic Biology

    4 hrs

  • FRSC 425 Forensic Chemistry I or 3 hrs
  • CHEM 425 Forensic Chamistry I and 3 hrs
  • FRSC 425L Forensic Chemistry I Laboratory or 2 hrs
  • CHEM 425L Forensic Chemistry I Laboratory

    2 hrs

  • If FRSC 425/425L is chosen to fulfill this requirement, the laboratory course and the lecture course must both be taken simultaneously.
  • FRSC 327 Fingerprint Evidence 3 hrs

Upper Level Electives 6 sem. hrs

  • Prequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better. All upper level electives must be completed with a grade of C or better. Courses in the major may not be taken Pass/Fail.

Biology Emphasis Upper Level Electives 3 sem hrs

  • For the Biology Emphasis the 4 hours of FRSC courses mentioned above, do not fulfill the requirement of 3 elective credits of upper level electives in this section.

Chemistry Emphasis 10 sem hrs

  • BIOL 221 Clinical Microbiology 3 hrs
  • BIOL 221L Clinical Microbiology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 223 Anatomy 3 hrs
  • BIOL 223L Anatomy Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 312 Microbiology 3 hrs
  • BIOL 312L Microbiology Laboratory 2 hrs
  • BIOL 342 Genetics 1 3 hrs
  • BIOL 342L Genetics Laboratory 1 2 hrs
  • BIOL 391 Molecular Biology 1

    3 hrs

  • BIOL 395 Research Design in the Sciences or 3 hrs
  • CHEM 395 Research Design in the Sciences or 3 hrs
  • ENVS 395 Research Design in the Sciences

    3 hrs

  • BIOL 410 Molecular Biotechnology 1 3 hrs
  • BIOL 410L Methods in Molecular Biotechnology 1

    2 hrs

  • BIOL 420 Biochemistry 1 or 3 hrs
  • CHEM 420 Biochemistry 1

    3 hrs

  • BIOL 420L Biochemistry Laboratory 1or 2 hrs
  • CHEM 420L Biochemistry Laboratory 1

    2 hrs

  • BIOL 422 Biochemistry II or 3 hrs
  • CHEM 422 Biochemistry II

    3 hrs

  • CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry 3 hrs
  • CHEM 337 Instrumental Analysis2

    5 hrs

  • CHEM 401 Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics 2 or 3 hrs
  • PHYS 401 Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics 2

    3 hrs

  • CJAD 203 Crime Scene Investigation 3 hrs
  • CJAD 205 Crime Scene Photography 3 hrs
  • CJAD 317 Bloodstain Evidence 3 hrs
  • FRSC 305 Forensic Anthropology 3 hrs
  • FRSC 315 Forensic Microscopy 3 hrs
  • FRSC 327 Fingerprint Evidence 3 hrs
  • CHEM 335 Quantitative Analysis2 5 hrs
  • FRSC 333 Topics 1-3 hrs
  • CHEM 412 Advanced Experimental Chemistry

    3 hrs

  • FRSC 425 Forensic Chemistry2 3 hrs
  • CHEM 425 Forensic Chemistry2

    3 hrs

  • FRSC 425L Forensic Chemistry Laboratory2
  • CHEM 425L Forensic Chemistry Laboratory2

  • FRSC 433 Topics 1-3 hrs
  • FRSC 445 Forensic Pathology 3 hrs
  • FRSC 415 Forensic Biology 1 4 hrs
  • BIOL 399 Science Internship 1-3 hrs
  • CHEM 399 Science Internship 1-3 hrs
  • BIOL 499 Advanced Science Internship 1-3 hrs
  • CHEM 499 Advanced Science Internship 1-3 hrs

Crime Scene Investigation Certificate (Optional) 15 sem hrs

TOTAL 137 - 147 sem. hrs

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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