A Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree in Forensic Science requires a minimum of 121 semester hours. The program is designed to be rigorous and multi-disciplinary and allows for fewer electives in lower level courses but an increased flexibility in upper-division coursework.
 

A minor is intended to contrast with or deepen a major or General Education. Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary major. Courses that are required for, and count toward, the Forensic Science major cannot be counted toward a minor.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH 1571Calculus 14
MATH 1572Calculus 24
Natural Science (2 courses, 1 with lab)
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
4
BIOL 2602
2602L
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory
4
Arts and Humanities6
Social Sciences
CJFS 1500Introduction to Criminal Justice3
ANTH 1500Introduction to Anthropology3
Social and Personal Awareness6
Core Requirements (65 s.h.)
Chemistry
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3719
3719L
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3720
3720L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 2604
2604L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
5
Additional Biology
BIOL 3721Genetics3
Physics
PHYS 2610
2610L
General Physics 1
and General Physics laboratory 1
5
PHYS 2611
2611L
General Physics 2
and General Physics laboratory 2
5
Statistics
STAT 3717Statistical Methods4
Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
CJFS 1510Survey of Forensic Sciences3
CJFS 2602Criminal Courts3
CJFS 3714
3714L
Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation
and Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory
3
CJFS 3716
3716L
Forensic Science Evidence Analysis
and Forensic Science Evidence Analysis Laboratory
3
CJFS 3700Forensic Fire and Explosives Investigation3
CJFS 4850Special Topics in Criminal Justice3
CJFS 4807Criminal Justice Internship3-12
CJFS 5814Practice and Ethics in Forensic Science3
Concentrations (Pick One)
CHEMISTRY (Select at least 13 s.h.)
CHEM 3729Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 3739
3739L
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3740
3740L
Physical Chemistry 2
and Physical Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
CHEM 3764Chemical Toxicology3
CHEM 3785
3785L
Biochemistry 1
and Biochemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 3786Biochemistry 23
CHEM 4891Special Topics1-3
CHEM 5804
5804L
Chemical Instrumentation
and Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
4
CHEM 5821Intermediate Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 5822
5822L
Advanced Organic Laboratory
and Advanced Organic Laboratory
4
BIOLOGY (Select at least 13 s.h.)
BIOL 3702
3702L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3703
3703L
Clinical Immunology
and Clinical Immunology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3705
3705L
Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy
and Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy Laboratory
4
BIOL 3711Cell Biology: Fine Structure3
BIOL 3716Molecular Microbiology 1: Nucleic Acids4
BIOL 3730
3730L
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
5
BIOL 4800
4800L
Bioinformatics
and Bioinformatics Laboratory
4
BIOL 4839Selected Topics in Physiology1
CHEM 3785
3785L
Biochemistry 1
and Biochemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 3786Biochemistry 23
BIOL 4850Problems in Biology1-3
OTHER OPTION, CHEMISTRY / BIOLOGY
BIOL 4890
4890L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
4
BIOL 5827Gene Manipulation2
CJFS 4850Special Topics in Criminal Justice3-5
CHEM 3719ROrganic Chemistry Recitation 11
CHEM 3720ROrganic Chemistry Recitation 21
PHLT 3731Drug Use and Abuse3
PHLT 5810Agents of Mass Casualty3
PHLT 5812Crisis Management in Public Health3
ANTHROPOLOGY (Select at least 16 s.h.)
ANTH 2600Human Osteology4
ANTH 3702Archaeology3
ANTH 3703Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 3778Archaeological Techniques1-9
ANTH 3779Fieldwork in Historical and Industrial Sites Archaeology3
ANTH 3780Forensic Anthropology 14
ANTH 4800Undergraduate Research1-2
ANTH 4881Forensic Anthropology 24
ANTH 4883Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology3
ANTH 4891Advanced Topics in Biological Anthropology3
BIOL 3705
3705L
Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy
and Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy Laboratory
4
GEOG 5812Global Positioning Systems and GIScience3

There may be other courses that qualify for upper division electives, but you must discuss these options with an academic advisor and get pre-approved.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
CJFS 1510 Survey of Forensic Sciences 3
CJFS 1500 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
Arts and Humanities 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CJFS 2602 Criminal Courts 3
ANTH 1500 Introduction to Anthropology 3
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
Social and Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
CJFS 3714 Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation 2
CJFS 3714L Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory 1
MATH 1571 Calculus 1 4
CHEM 3719
3719L
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
 Semester Hours14
Spring
CJFS 3700 Forensic Fire and Explosives Investigation 3
CJFS 3716 Forensic Science Evidence Analysis 2
CJFS 3716L Forensic Science Evidence Analysis Laboratory 1
MATH 1572 Calculus 2 4
CHEM 3720
3720L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
 Semester Hours14
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
4
CJFS 4850 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3
STAT 3717 Statistical Methods 4
Elective 3700-Level 5
 Semester Hours16
Spring
BIOL 2602
2602L
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory
4
CHEM 2604
2604L
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
5
Arts and Humanities 3
Elective 3700-Level 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
CJFS 4807 Criminal Justice Internship 6
PHYS 2610 General Physics 1 4
PHYS 2610L General Physics laboratory 1 1
Social and Personal Awareness 3
Elective 3700-Level 2
 Semester Hours16
Spring
CJFS 5814 Practice and Ethics in Forensic Science 3
PHYS 2611 General Physics 2 4
PHYS 2611L General Physics laboratory 2 1
BIOL 3721 Genetics 3
Elective 3700-Level 2
 Semester Hours13
 Total Semester Hours121

Request a Graduation Evaluation after you have completed 80-85 s.h. from the BCHHS Advising/Deans Office, 2104 Cushwa Hall, 330-941-3221.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can discriminate the influence of the CJ system at the subsystem levels (policing, courts, and corrections)                            
  2. Students can analyze legal situations.                          
  3. Students will explain biology principles.                                  
  4. Students will explain chemistry principles.                              
  5. Students will explain how biology principles relate to forensic science.                                 
  6. Students will explain how chemistry principles relate to forensic science.