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Degree Requirements

The Forensic Science and Technology bachelor's degree requires a concentration in Biology or Chemistry. The program is modeled after the curriculum recommended by the National Institute of Justice and the American Academy of Forensic Science. The degree is based on the B.A./B.S. degree in Chemistry and the B.A. degree in Biology. Both programs will allow students to work in either Forensic Science, Chemistry, or Biology or apply to medical school, dental school, or veterinary school, or attend graduate school.

No Forensic Science major may graduate with more than one "D" in a Biology (BIO) course, Chemistry Course, or Forensic Science Course required for the major.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FORENSIC BIOLOGY

  • Core Courses (43 hours): BIO 101/101L, 102/102L, 202/202L, 206/206L, 341/341L, 319/319 or 330/330L; BIO 305/305L or 326/ 326L; FOR 201, 202, 301; 6 hours from among FOR 401, 402, 411, 412, or BIO 400 (students who complete 6 hours from among FOR 411, 412, or BIO 400 in place of 401 and 402 will be required to take BIO 489. This requirement is waived if the student completes at least one semester of Forensic Internship worth 3 credit hours.)
  • Chemistry (16 hours): CHE 111, 111L, 113, 113L, 220, 220L, 240, 240L
  • Physics (8 hours): PHY 121, 121L, 122, 122L
  • Mathematics (7 hours): MAT 143, 205
  • The Computer Literacy requirement is fulfilled through completion of Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
  • No Forensic Biology major may graduate with more than one letter grade lower than a ‘C’ in a required BIO or FOR course.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
  • Core Courses (46 hours): CHE 111, 111L, 113, 113L, 220, 220L, 240, 240L; 19 hours of CHE Electives above 300 level; FOR 201, 202, 301; 6 hours from FOR 401, 402, 411, or 412
  • Biology (8 hours): BIO 101/101L, 102/102L
  • Physics (8 hours): PHY 141, 141L, 142, 142L
  • Mathematics (12 hours): MAT 151, 152, 205