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Forensic Science (FRNSC) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 2005
End Date: Summer Session 2006

Forensic Science - ARCHIVE

University Park, The Eberly College of Science (FRNSC)

Forensic Science is the application of scientific principles and methods to assist criminal and civil investigations and litigations. This Forensic Science undergraduate major is an intercollege collaboration among academic units relevant to forensic science. The major provides students with a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences and introduces them to relevant topics in forensic chemistry, forensic anthropology, forensic biology and appropriate social sciences. Students are educated on the role of forensic scientists in the criminal justice system and how scientific evidence can be used in that system. Graduates of this major could pursue employment as a scientist in a federal, state, or private crime laboratory or with insurance companies, homeland security agencies, or the judicial community. Graduates could also choose to pursue graduate study in forensics, possibly specializing is areas such as forensic psychology, anthropology, pathology, odontology, entomology, or toxicology.

For the B.S in Forensic Science, a minimum of 124 credits are required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 Credits
(21-24 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin)

FIRST YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: (103 credits)
(This includes 21-24 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 3-6 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (57 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[I], MATH 141 GQ(4), CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], CHEM 013 GN(3)[1], CHEM 014 GN(1)[1], CHEM 015 GN(1)[1], BIOL 110 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
PHIL 132 GH(3), ADM J 012 GS(3), ANTH 021 GN(3) (Sem: 1-6)
BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 222(3), MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-4)
STAT 250 GQ(3), B M B 211(3), CLJ 312(3) (Sem: 3-6)
CHEM 427(4)[1], ANTH 411(4)[1], SC 475(1) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (25-33 credits)
Select 6-8 credits from CHEM 034(3)[1], CHEM 035(3); or CHEM 038(3)[1], CHEM 039(3), CHEM 036(2) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 8-12 credits from PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PHYS 251 GN(4); or PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from CLJ 111(3), CLJ 113(3), PSY 002 GS(3), PSY 412(3), WMNST 423 US(3), WMNST 453 US(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3-4 credits from BIOL 404(3)[1], BIOL 422(3)[1], BIOL 428(3)[1], BIOL 437(4)[1], BIOL/ANTH 460(3)[1], BIOL 472(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 2-3 credits from B M B 400(3)[1], BMB 401(2)[1], BMB 428(3)[1], MICRB 410(3)[1], MICRB 412(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from ENT 402(3)[1], ENT 412(3)[1], V SC 430(3)[1], V SC/MICRB 433(3)[1], ANTH 410(3)[1], BB H 440(3)[1], BB H 451(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (13-21 credits)
Select 13-21 credits in consultation with an adviser from an approved department list (Sem: 3-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2005

Blue Sheet Item #: 33-03-298

Review Date: 11/23/04

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