Forensic Science Courses

The Bachelor of Science with a major in forensic science major is presented in two concentrations: biology or chemistry - 120 total credit hours. 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.

General Education Requirements – 30 credit hours

ENG 133 Technical Communication
   OR ENG 143 College Composition
SP 203 Effective Speaking
  OR COM 163 Interpersonal Communication
ENG 153 Introduction to Literature
HUM 203 Humanities Seminar
PSY 113 Principles of Psychology
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective - 3 credit hours
MA 134 Calculus I
BIO 114 Principles of Biology and Laboratory
CH 104 General Chemistry I and Laboratory

Forensic Science Core - 50 credit hours

UE 101 University Experience
CH 114 General Chemistry II and Laboratory
CH 204 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory
CH 214 Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory
CH 234 Quantitative Chemical Analysis and Laboratory
CH 324 Chemical Instrumental Analysis and Laboratory
CH 434 Biochemistry I and Laboratory
CRJ 273 Criminal Procedures and Evidence
FS 203 Principles of Forensic Science I

FS 223 Principles of Forensic Science II
FS 343 Criminalistics and Crime Scene Investigation
FS 351 Criminalistics and Crime Scene Laboratory
FS 373 Forensic Comparative Science
FS 422 Expert Testimony in Forensic Science
MA 253 Statistics
SCI 412 Senior Research Seminar AND SCI 422  Senior Research Project
   OR SCI 434 Science Internship

Choose one of the following 2 concentrations in addition to the Forensic Science Core.

Students interested in the Pre-Medical track will need to take the appropriate additional course work which would include BIO 124 (for those student in the chemistry concentration), SOC 103 and PHL 313. This would result in earning more than the 120 hours prescribed for the forensic science degree.

  • Biology concentration (suggested four-year plan-update pending).
  • Chemistry concentration (suggested four-year plan-update pending).

Biology Concentration - 40 credit hours

PH 154 College Physics I and Laboratory
PH 164 College Physics II and Laboratory
BIO 154 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory
BIO 202 Introduction to Biological Literature and Communication
BIO 302 Professional Practice in Science
BIO 324 Microbiology and Laboratory
BIO 343 Cell Biology
BIO 374 Forensic Biology and Laboratory
BIO 414 Genetics and Laboratory
BIO 443 Pathology
BIO 454 Molecular Biology and Laboratory
Unrestrictive Electives - 2 credit hours

Chemistry Concentration - 40 credit hours

MA 164 Calculus II
MA 213 Calculus III
PH 224/224H University Physics I and Laboratory
PH 234/234H University Physics II and Laboratory
CH 202 Introduction to Chemical Literature and Communication
CH 302 Professional Practice in Science
CH 344 Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory
CH 354 Physical Chemistry I and Laboratory
CH 364 Toxicology and Laboratory
CH 444 Biochemistry II and Laboratory
CH 474 Advanced Forensic Chemistry and Laboratory
Unrestrictive Elective - 1 credit hour

For a complete description of the above requirements, please go to the Course Catalog.