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Forensic Science (FRNSC) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2006
End Date: Spring Semester 2007 -UCA

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 litigation. This major is an inter-college collaboration among academic units and provides students with a strong foundation in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences. It introduces them to relevant topics in forensic chemistry, forensic anthropology, forensic biology, forensic entomology, and appropriate social sciences. Students are educated on the role of forensic scientists in the criminal justice system, the uses of scientific evidence, and the manner in which evidence is presented in court. Graduates of this major could pursue employment as a scientist in a federal, state, or private forensic laboratory or with insurance companies, homeland security agencies, or the judicial community. Graduates could also choose to pursue graduate study in forensics; specializing in forensic science, forensic medicine, or areas such as forensic psychology, anthropology, pathology, odontology, entomology, or toxicology.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Forensic Science major, a student must have: (1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (2) completed BIOL 110 GN(4), CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

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

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 Credits
(21 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: (100 credits)
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 3 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 67-71 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (59 credits)[1]
BIOL 110 GN(4) (Sem: 1)
MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), CHEM 015 GN(1), CHEM 036(2), CHEM 038(3), CHEM 039(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ADM J 012 GS(3), PHIL 132 GH(3) (Sem: 1-8)
BIOL 230W GN(4) (Sem: 3)
CHEM 227(4) (Sem: 3-5)
FRNSC 201(3) (Sem: 4)
FRNSC 301(3) (Sem: 5)
FRNSC 401(4) (Sem: 7)
STAT 250 GQ(3), CLJ 312(3) (Sem: 3-8)
SC 475(1) (Sem: 8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (8-12 credits)[1]
PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4); or PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 2-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 29-33 credits

FORENSIC BIOLOGY OPTION: 29-33 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (11 credits)[1]
BIOL 222(3) (Sem: 2-3)
B M B 400(3) (Sem: 4)
B M B 342(3), BMB 401(2) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (3 credits)[1]
Select 3 credits from B M B 402(3), B M B 428(3), B M B 433(3), BIOL 405(3), BIOL 422W(3), BIOL 460(3) (Sem: 6-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15-19 credits)
Up to 8 credits may be used to achieve the II level of foreign/second language (Spanish is recommended)
Select 15-19 credits; including at least 3 credits at the 400 level and 6 credits at the 300-400 level (Sem: 3-8)

FORENSIC CHEMISTRY OPTION: 29-33 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (4 credits)[1]
CHEM 427(4) (Sem: 6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (9 credits)[1]
B M B 428(3), CHEM 402(3), CHEM 410(3), CHEM 411(3), CHEM 425(3), CHEM 426(3), CHEM 431W(3), CHEM 439(3), CHEM 451(3), CHEM 452(3) or 3 credits of 400-level biochemisty (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (16-20 credits)
Up to 8 credits may be used to achieve the II level of foreign/second language (Spanish is recommended)
Select 16-20 credits; including at least 9 credits at the 300-400 level (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: Summer Session 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-02-118

Review Date: 10/11/05

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