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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Forensic Science

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 criminalistics forensic chemistry, forensic biology, crime scene investigation, and appropriate social sciences. Students are educated on the role of forensic scientists in the criminal justice system, the collection and analysis 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 advanced degrees, for example, in forensic science, medicine, psychology, anthropology, pathology, odontology, entomology, toxicology, law, or in the general sciences.

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 CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), FRNSC 210(3), MATH 140 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 124-126 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this 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: 97-99 credits
(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GH courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 63 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (52 credits)[1]
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
PHIL 132 GH(3) (Sem: 1-8)
FRNSC 100(3) (Sem: 2)
FRNSC 210(3) (Sem: 3)
FRNSC 410(2) (Sem: 4-6)
FRNSC 415W(2) (Sem: 5-6)
FRNSC 411(3), FRNSC 413(3) (Sem: 5-7)
STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 5-8)
FRNSC 400(1), FRNSC 475(1), FRNSC 485W(4) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (11 credits)[1]
CRIM 100 GS(3) or CRIM 113 US(3) (Sem: 1-6)
PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4); or PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 2-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 34-36 credits

FORENSIC BIOLOGY OPTION: (36 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (21 credits)[1]
B M B 251(3), MICRB 201(3), MICRB 202(2) (Sem: 1-4)
B M B 400(3), B M B 401(3), B M B 442(3) (Sem: 5-7)
FRNSC 421W(4) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (9 credits)[1]
BIOL 222(3) or BIOL 322(3) (Sem: 3-5)
Select 6 credits from B M B 402(3), B M B 428(3), B M B 433(3), BIOL 405(3), BIOL 422(3), BIOL 460(3) (Sem: 6-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in consultation with adviser (Sem: 3-8)

FORENSIC CHEMISTRY OPTION: (34 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (19 credits)[1]
BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
CHEM 227(4) (Sem: 3-5)
CHEM 425(3) (Sem: 5-7)
FRNSC 427W(4) (Sem: 6-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (9 credits)[1]
Select 9 credits from B M B 428(3), CHEM 410(3), CHEM 412(3), CHEM 423W(4), CHEM 430(3), CHEM 431W(4), CHEM 450(3), CHEM 452(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in consultation with adviser (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: Fall Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-02-066

Review Date: 10/7/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/4/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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