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2018-2019 Academic Catalog | Forensic Science (B.S.) – CAS

Forensic Science (B.S.)

 

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Description

The Forensic Science major provides a solid foundation in the biology and chemistry necessary for many forensic investigations, with applications relevant to crime laboratories. Students learn how science informs criminal investigations through courses in forensic science and criminal justice. Laboratory coursework gives students hands-on experience with instrumentation essential for analyzing body tissue and fluid samples, including DNA fingerprinting, and detecting chemicals for material evidence, including controlled substance determination. The major is intended for future crime lab employees, such as DNA analysts, forensic scientist/specialists, and criminalists (firearms/serology/toxicology) as well as for those students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in Forensic Science fields.

Major Requirements

Required Courses

All of the following:

  • BIOL 114
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • NSCM 101
  • NSCM 102
  • NSCM 103
  • NSCM 104
  • BIOL 220
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • BIOL 223
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • BIOL 224
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • NSCM 498
  • CHEM 111
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • CHEM 112
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • CHEM 221
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • CHEM 223
  • CHEM 222
  • CHEM 224
  • CHEM 350
  • CHEM 351
  • CJUS 101
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • CJUS 307 or CJUS 309
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • MATH 110
  • MATH 125
  • NSCM 499
    • Majors must earn a "C" (2.0) or better in this course.
  • PHYS 111
  • PHYS 112

Elective Courses (5-8 credits)

  • BIOL 334
  • BIOL 444
  • CHEM 432
  • MATH 210
  • PSYC 323
    • Pre-requisite courses: PSYC 101 and a 200-level PSYC course

Program Policies

Grades in Major Courses: Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all courses counted to fulfill the requirements for the major.

Pass/No Pass: Courses fulfilling the major requirement may not be taken pass/no pass.

Senior Assessment: The senior assessment consists of a written paper and oral presentation, normally in conjunction with NSCM499. Students are required to earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in NSCM 499.

Pre- and Co-Requisites: Majors must work closely with their advisors to make sure that they meet any and all pre- and co-requisite requirements, particularly around mathematics courses that are required for various science courses.

TELL Policy: TELL credits do not count towards the major in Forensic Science.

Transfer Credits: Transfer credit will be awarded after appropriate program review and approval.

Course Descriptions

BIOL 114
BIOL 220
BIOL 223
BIOL 224
BIOL 333
BIOL 334
BIOL 444
CHEM 111
CHEM 112
CHEM 221
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
CHEM 224
CHEM 350
CHEM 351
CHEM 432
CJUS 101
CJUS 309
MATH 110
MATH 125
MATH 210
NSCM 101
NSCM 102
NSCM 103
NSCM 104
NSCM 498
NSCM 499
PHYS 111
PHYS 112
PSYC 323

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