Learning about Forensic Science

BS Forensic Science Courses

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Forensic Science major is presented in two concentrations - Biology or Chemistry. Both concentrations give you a comprehensive background in forensic science as well as a thorough understanding of the sub-discipline of your choice. The average course load is 16-17 hours based on eight semesters. (Suggested 4-year plan for the biology concentration and the chemistry concentration.)

View courses for this major that are part of the pre-physician assistant degree path.

General Education Requirements – 34 credit hours

ENG 103 English Composition I
ENG 113 English Composition II
or ENG 133 Technical Communication
SP 203 Effective Speaking

ENG 153 Introduction to Literature
PSY 113/113H Principles of Psychology
Humanities Elective (3)
Social Sciences Elective (3)

CH 104 General Chemistry I and Lab
CH 114 General Chemistry II and Lab

INF 103 Information Technology Applications
EXS 102 Lifetime Wellness

Other - 4 credit hours

UE 101 University Experience
LE 273 Criminal Procedures and Evidence

Biology Concentration – 86 credit hours

MA 124 Precalculus
MA 134 Calculus I

BIO 114 Principles of Biology
BIO 154 Basic Human Anatomy and Lab
CH 203 Organic Chemistry I
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CH 213 Organic Chemistry II
CH 221 Organic Chemistry II Lab
MA 253 Statistics
PH 154 College Physics I and Lab
PH 164 College Physics II and Lab

BIO 414 Genetics and Lab
CH 234 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
CH 434 Biochemistry I and Lab

BIO 274 Forensic Biology
FS 203 Principles of Forensic Science I
FS 223 Principles of Forensic Science II
FS 373 Forensic Comparative Science
FS 423 Professional Practice in Forensic Science
SCI 434 Science Internship

BIO 324 Microbiology and Lab
BIO 343 Cell Biology
BIO 443 Pathology
BIO 454 Molecular Biology and Lab
CH 324 Chemical Instrumental Analysis and Lab
FS 351 Criminalistics and Crime Scene Lab

Chemistry Concentration – 87 credit hours

MA 134 Calculus I
MA 164 Calculus II

BIO 114 Principles of Biology
CH 203 Organic Chemistry I
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CH 213 Organic Chemistry II
CH 221 Organic Chemistry II Lab
MA 213 Calculus III
MA 253 Statistics
PH 224/224H University Physics I and Lab
PH 234/234H University Physics II and Lab

CH 234 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
CH 341 Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CH 343 Inorganic Chemistry
CH 434 Biochemistry I and Lab

CH 274 Forensic Chemistry
FS 203 Principles of Forensic Science I
FS 223 Principles of Forensic Science II
FS 373 Forensic Comparative Science
FS 423 Professional Practice in Forensic Science
SCI 434 Science Internship

BIO/CH 364 Toxicology
CH 324 Chemical Instrumental Analysis and Lab
CH 351 Physical Chemistry I Lab
CH 353 Physical Chemistry I
CH 444 Biochemistry II and Lab
CH 474 Advanced Forensic Chemistry and Lab
FS 351 Criminalistics and Crime Scene Lab


Pre-Physician Assistant degree path majoring in Forensic Science

Forensic Science course requirements for students pursuing the Trine University Pre-Physician Assistant degree path or are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in physician assistant studies.

General Education Requirements – 42 credit hours

ENG 103 English Composition I
ENG 113 English Composition II
or ENG 133 Technical Communication
SP 203 Effective Speaking

ENG 153 Introduction to Literature
PSY 113/113H Principles of Psychology
Humanities Elective (3)
Social Sciences Elective (3)

CH 104 General Chemistry I and Lab
CH 114 General Chemistry II and Lab

MA 124 Precalculus

INF 103 Information Technology Applications
EXS 102 Lifetime Wellness
MA 134 Calculus I

Other - 4 credit hours

UE 101 University Experience
LE 273 Criminal Procedures and Evidence

Biology Concentration – 89 credit hours

BIO 114 Principles of Biology
BIO 384 Basic Human Anatomy & Physiology I
CH 203 Organic Chemistry I
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CH 213 Organic Chemistry II
CH 221 Organic Chemistry II Lab
MA 253 Statistics
PH 154 College Physics I and Lab
PH 164 College Physics II and Lab

BIO 414 Genetics and Lab
CH 234 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
CH 434 Biochemistry I and Lab

BIO 274 Forensic Biology
FS 203 Principles of Forensic Science I
FS 223 Principles of Forensic Science II
FS 373 Forensic Comparative Science
FS 423 Professional Practice in Forensic Science
SCI 434 Science Internship

BIO 324 Microbiology and Lab
BIO 343 Cell Biology
BIO 443 Pathology
BIO 454 Molecular Biology and Lab
CH 324 Chemical Instrumental Analysis and Lab
FS 351 Criminalistics and Crime Scene Lab

BIO 124 Principles of Biology II
BIO 163 Medical Terminology
BIO 394 Human Anatomy and Physiology II