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Forensic Science Program Requirements 
 
The undergraduate major in Forensic Science is designed to provide students from varied backgrounds and academic interests with a curriculum in the general forensic sciences. This curriculum will serve as a preparation for a baccalaureate-level career in criminalistics and law enforcement or as preparation for post-graduate education in the forensic sciences.

This interdisciplinary program draws on resources from the departments of Anatomy, Anthropology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, School of Communication, Criminal Justice, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religion, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology to provide students with sufficient background and baccalaureate-level preparation for several fields of the forensic sciences. To accommodate this breadth of fields and the variety of career outcomes that resolve from them, the Forensic Sciences curriculum is divided into two tracks, Evidence Technician and Evidence Analyst.

The Evidence Technician track is recommended for those interested in law enforcement careers involving evidence processing at crime scenes and only limited laboratory analysis. Students interested in acquiring a background in scientific analysis of evidence as a supplement to another major may prefer this track.

The Evidence Analyst track is recommended for those who desire a career in forensic laboratory analysis and access to careers that require similar analytical skills. Students interested in pursuing simultaneous science majors may also prefer this track.

Admission requirements: Students may declare either track of the Forensic Science major at any time after admission to the University, provided that he or she has an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.2 or higher. After joining the program, a 2.2 GPA must be maintained in the major and overall. Failure to maintain the appropriate GPA for two consecutive semesters will result in dismissal from the program.


College of Arts and Sciences
       
B.S. WITH A MAJOR IN FORENSIC SCIENCE
 
Required: 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:
   
   
I.

General Education Requirements (see University GER listing).
   
   
II.

Evidence Technician Track: the following curriculum:
   
     
68 Major Credits including:
   
     
Required Courses (59 credits):
   
      ANTH 345 Forensic Science
(3)
 
      ANTH 346 Analysis of Forensic Evidence
(3)
 
      COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
(3)
 
      CJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
(3)
 
      CJ 210 Introduction to Policing
(3)
 
      CJ 352 Criminal Investigation
(3)
 
      CJ 353 Law for Criminal Justice System
(3)
 
      BIOL 150/150L General Biology I & Lab
(4)
 
      BIOL 151/151L General Biology II & Lab
(4)
 
      CHEM 121/122 General Chemistry I & II
(6)
 
      CHEM 121L/122L General Chemistry Lab I & II
(2)
 
      CHEM 240 Survey of Organic Chemistry
(4)
 
      CHEM 333 Introductory Environmental, Clinical, and
      Forensic Chemical Analysis
(4)
 
      PHYS 161/161L Introductory College Physics I
(4)
 
      PHYS 162/162L Introductory College Physics II
(4)
 
     
3 credits from:
      BIOL 470 Biometry
(3)
 
      SOC 326 Sociological Statistics
(3)
 
     
3 credits from:
      PHIL 215 Contemporary Moral Issues
(3)
 
      PHIL 370 Ethics in Engineering and Science
(3)
 
      PHIL 372 Ethics in Health Care
(3)
 
     
ELECTIVES (9 credits):
      ANAT 204 Anatomy for Paramed Personnel
(3)
 
      ANTH 270 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
(3)
 
      ANTH 439 Human Osteology
(4)
 
      ANTH 441 Forensic Anthropology Field School
(1-6)
      ANTH 497 Forensic Science Internship
(1-6)
      BIOL 315 Genetics
(3)
 
      BIOL 336 Systematic Botany
(4)
 
      BIOL 363 Entomology
(4)
 
      PSYC 270 Abnormal Psychology
(3)
 
   
III.

Evidence Analyst Track: the following curriculum:
     
93 Major Credits including:
     
Required Courses (84 credits):
      ANTH 345 Forensic Science
(3)
 
      ANTH 346 Analysis of Forensic Evidence
(3)
 
      COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
(3)
 
      CJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
(3)
 
      CJ 210 Introduction to Policing
(3)
 
      CJ 352 Criminal Investigation
(3)
 
      CJ 353 Law for Criminal Justice System
(3)
 
      BIOL 150/150L General Biology I & Lab
(4)
 
      BIOL 151/151L General Biology II & Lab
(4)
 
      BIOL 315 Genetics
(3)
 
      BIOL 333 Population Biology
(3)
 
      BIOL 470 Biometry
(3)
 
      BMB 301 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
(3)
 
      BMB 403 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
(2)
 
      CHEM 121/121L General Chemistry I & Lab
(4)
 
      CHEM 122/122L General Chemistry II & Lab
(4)
 
      CHEM 333 Introductory Environmental, Clinical, and ForensicChemical Analysis

(4)
 
      CHEM 341/341L Organic Chemistry & Lab
(5)
 
      CHEM 342/342L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
(5)
 
      MATH 165 Calculus I
(4)
 
      MATH 166 Calculus II
(4)
 
     
3 credits from:
      PHIL 215 Contemporary Moral Issues
(3)
 
      PHIL 370 Ethics in Engineering and Science
(3)
 
      PHIL 372 Ethics in Health Care
(3)
 
     
8 credits from:
      PHYS 161/161L Introductory College Physics I & Lab
(4)
 
      PHYS 162/162L Introductory College Physics II & Lab
(4)
 
      OR
      PHYS 211/211L College Physics I & Lab
(4)
 
      PHYS 212/212L College Physics II & Lab
(4)
 
     
ELECTIVES (9 credits):
      ANAT 204 Anatomy for Paramed Personnel
(3)
 
      ANTH 270 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
(3)
 
      ANTH 439 Human Osteology
(4)
 
      ANTH 441 Forensic Anthropology Field School
(1-6)
      ANTH 497 Forensic Science Internship
(1-6)
      BIOL 336 Systematic Botany
(4)
 
      BIOL 363 Entomology
(4)
 
      PSYC 270 Abnormal Psychology
(3)
 
      CLS 301 Immunology
(2)
 

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