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 mathematics and the natural sciences. 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 three options: digital forensics, forensic biology, or forensic chemistry. Students must complete the Forensic Science Assessment Test (FSAT) in order to be certified for graduation.  

B.S. in Forensic Science: Forensic Biology Option

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterCredits
CHEM 125 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 125A General Chemistry Lab I 1
FRSH SEM First-Year 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 Lab 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 Lab 1
 Term Credits15
Second Year
1st Semester
BIOL 200 Concepts in Biology 4
CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry I 3
FRSC 201 Intro to Forensic Science 3
MATH 333 Probability and Statistics 3
Computing GER 3
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
BIOL 201 Found of Biol: Cell & Molecula 3
BIOL 202 Found of Biol: Cell & Molecula 1
CHEM 244 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 244A Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2
FRSC 307 Crime Scene Investigation &Lab 4
History and Humanities GER 200 level 3
 Term Credits16
Third Year
1st Semester
BIOL 205 Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution Lecture 3
BIOL 206 Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution Lab 1
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 3
FRSC 359 Physical Methods of Forensic Analysis 4
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits14
2nd Semester
BIOL 340 Mammalian Physiology 4
CHEM 221 Analytical Chemical Methods 2
CHEM 473 Biochemistry 3
HIST 320 Law and Evidence 3
Free Elective I 3
 Term Credits15
Fourth Year
1st Semester
BIOL 352 Genetics 3
CHEM 475 Biochemistry Lab I 2
Humanities and Social Science Senior Seminar GER 3
Free Elective II 3
Free Elective III 3
 Term Credits14
2nd Semester
FRSC 479 Forensic Biology 4
FRSC 480 Forensic Microscopy 4
Select one of the following: 3
Co-op Work Experience  
Research & Indep Study I  
Senior Seminar  
Free Elective IV 4
 Term Credits15
 Total Credits120

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 First-Year 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 Lab 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 Lab 1
 Term Credits15
Second Year
1st Semester
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 Credits15
2nd Semester
BIOL 200 Concepts in Biology 4
CHEM 244 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 244A Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2
MATH 333 Probability and Statistics 3
Free Elective I 3
 Term Credits15
Third Year
1st Semester
BIOL 201 Found of Biol: Cell & Molecula 3
BIOL 202 Found of Biol: Cell & Molecula 1
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 3
FRSC 307 Crime Scene Investigation &Lab 4
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
 Term Credits14
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 473 Biochemistry 3
FRSC 359 Physical Methods of Forensic Analysis 4
HIST 320 Law and Evidence 3
 Term Credits16
Fourth Year
1st Semester
CHEM 475 Biochemistry Lab I 2
FRSC 475 Forensic Chemistry 4
Computing GER 3
Humanities and Social Science Senior Seminar GER 3
Free Elective II 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
CHEM 480 Instrumental Analysis 2
FRSC 480 Forensic Microscopy 4
Select one of the following: 3
Co-op Work Experience  
Research & Indep Study I  
Senior Seminar  
Free Elective III 3
Free Elective IV 3
 Term Credits15
 Total Credits120

B.S. in Forensic Science – Digital Forensics Option (120 credits)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterCredits
CHEM 125 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 125A General Chemistry Lab I 1
FRSH SEM First-Year 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 Lab 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 Lab 1
 Term Credits15
Second Year
1st Semester
CS 100 Roadmap to Computing 3
FRSC 201 Intro to Forensic Science 3
CHEM 222 Analytical Chemistry 3
IT 120 Introduction to Network Technology 3
MATH 333 Probability and Statistics 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
CS 113 Introduction to Computer Science 3
FRSC 307 Crime Scene Investigation &Lab 4
CHEM 221 Analytical Chemical Methods 2
IT 220 Wireless Networks 3
History and Humanities GER 200 level 3
 Term Credits15
Third Year
1st Semester
FRSC 359 Physical Methods of Forensic Analysis 4
IT 202 Internet Applications 3
IT 230 Computer and Network Security 3
History and Humanities GER 300+ level 3
Free Elective I 3
 Term Credits16
2nd Semester
FRSC 480 Forensic Microscopy 4
HIST 320 Law and Evidence 3
IS 331 Database Design Management and Applications 3
Free Elective II 4
 Term Credits14
Fourth Year
1st Semester
Humanities and Social Science Senior Seminar GER 3
IT 330 Computer Forensic 3
IT 340 Introduction to System Administration 3
Free Elective III 3
Free Elective IV 3
 Term Credits15
2nd Semester
IT 332 Digital Crime 3
IT 400 Information Technology and the Law 3
IT 430 Ethical Hacking for System Administrators 3
Select one of the following: 3
Co-op Work Experience  
Research & Indep Study I  
Senior Seminar  
Free Elective V 3
 Term Credits15
 Total Credits120

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