B.S. in Forensic Science (120 credits)

Forensic science is the application of sciences to matters of law. The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science requires foundational coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. In addition, students complete the program’s forensic science core, which is designed to equip students with a background in forensic science core concepts, evidence collection, technical analysis, data interpretation, and professional regulatory practices. Students complete advanced coursework in analytical chemistry as well as upper-level courses in one of the program’s two options: forensic biochemistry or forensic chemistry.

B.S. in Forensic Science: Forensic Biochemistry Option

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterCredits
CHEM 125 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 125A General Chemistry Lab I 1
FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar 0
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
PHYS 111 Physics I 3
PHYS 111A Physics I Laboratory 1
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
CHEM 126 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 126A Gen Chemistry Lab II 1
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
MATH 112 Calculus II 4
PHYS 121 Physics II 3
PHYS 121A Physics II Laboratory 1
 Term Credits15
Second Year
1st Semester
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry I 3
FRSC 201 Intro to Forensic Science 3
R120 201 Foundations Of Biology 3
R120 202 Foundations Of Biology Lab 1
History and Humanities GER 200 level 3
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
BIOL 205 Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution Lecture 3
BIOL 206 Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution Lab 1
CHEM 221 Analytical Chemical Methods 2
CHEM 244 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 244A Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2
FRSC 307 Crime Scene Investigation &Lab 4
HIST 320 Law and Evidence 3
 Term Credits18
Third Year
1st Semester
BIOL 352 Genetics 3
CHEM 473 Biochemistry 3
FRSC 359 Physical Methd of Forensic Ana 4
MATH 333 Probability and Statistics 3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
CHEM 475 Biochemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 480 Instrumental Analysis 2
FRSC 480 Forensic Microscopy 4
Upper-Level BIO/CHEM Elective I 3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits14
Fourth Year
1st Semester
CHEM 474 Biochemistry II 3
FRSC 475 Forensic Chemistry 4
Upper-Level BIO/CHEM Elective II 4
Computer Science or Social Science Course 3
 Term Credits14
2nd Semester
FRSC 491 Forensic Science Capstone3
Humanities and Social Science Senior Seminar GER 3
Upper-Level BIO/CHEM Elective III 3
Computer Science or Social Science Course 3
 Term Credits12
 Total Credits120

Forensic Science Upper-Level Electives - Biochemistry Option

Select three of the following:10
Environmental Microbiology
Environmental Toxicology
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biol Techniques
Molec Cell Biology

B.S. in Forensic Science: Forensic Biochemistry Option (Non-Calculus Alternative)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterCredits
CHEM 125 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 125A General Chemistry Lab I 1
FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar 0
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
MATH 138 General Calculus I 3
PHYS 102 General Physics 3
PHYS 102A General Physics Laboratory 1
 Term Credits14
2nd Semester
CHEM 126 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 126A Gen Chemistry Lab II 1
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
MATH 105 Elementary Probability and Statistics 3
PHYS 103 General Physics 3
PHYS 103A General Physics Laboratory 1
 Term Credits14
Second Year
1st Semester
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry I 3
FRSC 201 Intro to Forensic Science 3
R120 201 Foundations Of Biology 3
R120 202 Foundations Of Biology Lab 1
History and Humanities GER 200 level 3
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
BIOL 205 Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution Lecture 3
BIOL 206 Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution Lab 1
CHEM 221 Analytical Chemical Methods 2
CHEM 244 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 244A Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2
FRSC 307 Crime Scene Investigation &Lab 4
 Term Credits15
Third Year
1st Semester
BIOL 352 Genetics 3
CHEM 473 Biochemistry 3
FRSC 359 Physical Methd of Forensic Ana 4
HIST 320 Law and Evidence 3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
CHEM 475 Biochemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 480 Instrumental Analysis 2
FRSC 480 Forensic Microscopy 4
Upper-Level BIO/CHEM Elective I 3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits14
Fourth Year
1st Semester
CHEM 474 Biochemistry II 3
FRSC 475 Forensic Chemistry 4
Upper-Level BIO/CHEM Elective II 3
Computer Science or Social Science Course 3
Free Elective I 3
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
FRSC 491 Forensic Science Capstone3
Humanities and Social Science Senior Seminar GER 3
Upper-Level BIO/CHEM Elective III 4
Computer Science or Social Science Course 3
Free Elective II 2
 Term Credits15
 Total Credits120

 Forensic Science Upper-Level Electives - Biochemistry Option

Select three of the following10
Environmental Microbiology
Environmental Toxicology
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biol Techniques
Molec Cell Biology

B.S. in Forensic Science: Forensic Chemistry Option

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterCredits
CHEM 125 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 125A General Chemistry Lab I 1
FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar 0
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
PHYS 111 Physics I 3
PHYS 111A Physics I Laboratory 1
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
CHEM 126 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 126A Gen Chemistry Lab II 1
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
MATH 112 Calculus II 4
PHYS 121 Physics II 3
PHYS 121A Physics II Laboratory 1
 Term Credits15
Second Year
1st Semester
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 231 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry I 3
FRSC 201 Intro to Forensic Science 3
MATH 211 Calculus III A 3
History and Humanities GER 200 level 3
 Term Credits18
2nd Semester
CHEM 221 Analytical Chemical Methods 2
CHEM 244 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 244A Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2
FRSC 307 Crime Scene Investigation &Lab 4
R120 201 Foundations Of Biology 3
R120 202 Foundations Of Biology Lab 1
 Term Credits15
Third Year
1st Semester
CHEM 473 Biochemistry 3
FRSC 359 Physical Methd of Forensic Ana 4
HIST 320 Law and Evidence 3
MATH 333 Probability and Statistics 3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
CHEM 475 Biochemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 480 Instrumental Analysis 2
FRSC 480 Forensic Microscopy 4
Upper-Level CHEM Elective I 3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits14
Fourth Year
1st Semester
FRSC 475 Forensic Chemistry 4
Upper-Level CHEM Elective II 3
Upper-Level CHEM Elective III 3
Computer Science or Social Science Course 3
 Term Credits13
2nd Semester
FRSC 491 Forensic Science Capstone3
Upper-Level CHEM Elective IV 3
Upper-Level CHEM Elective V 2
Humanities and Social Science Senior Seminar GER 3
Computer Science or Social Science Course 3
 Term Credits14
 Total Credits120

 Forensic Science Upper-Level Electives - Chemistry Option

Select five of the following:14
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
Physical Chemistry III
Inorganic Chemistry
Biochemistry II
Environmental Microbiology
Environmental Toxicology