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. Students must complete the following coursework within their first 3 semesters at YSU, and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in order to remain in the FS program:

  • HAHS 1500- Introduction to BCHHS
  • ENGL 1550- Writing I
  • CJFS 1500- Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJFS 1510- Survey of Forensic Science
  • CHEM 1515- General Chemistry I 
  •  CHEM 1515L- General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Two MATH courses, which may include MATH 1510, MATH 1510C, MATH 1511, MATH 1511C, MATH 1571, MATH 1572
     

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.

COURSE TITLE S.H.
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT -STUDENT SUCCESS
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics
MATH 1571Calculus 1 (required for major)4
Arts and Humanities (2 courses)6
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
Natural Science (2 courses; 1 with lab) met with BIOL 2601 and 2602
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory (required for major)
4
BIOL 2602
2602L
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory (required for major)
4
Social Sciences (2 courses) Met with CJFS 1500 and ANTH 1500
CJFS 1500Introduction to Criminal Justice (required for major)3
ANTH 1500Introduction to Anthropology (required for major)3
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
Mathematics & Statistics
STAT 3717Statistical Methods4
MATH 1572Calculus 24
Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
CJFS 1510Survey of Forensic Science3
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 -Biology, Chemistry or Anthropology)13-16
CHEMISTRY (Select at least 13 s.h.)
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry 1 Laboratory
Physical Chemistry 2
and Physical Chemistry 2 Laboratory
Chemical Toxicology
Biochemistry 1
and Biochemistry Laboratory
Biochemistry 2
Special Topics
Chemical Instrumentation
and Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Laboratory
and Advanced Organic Laboratory
BIOLOGY (Select at least 13 s.h.)
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
Clinical Immunology
and Clinical Immunology Laboratory
Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy
and Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy Laboratory
Cell Biology: Fine Structure
Molecular Microbiology 1: Nucleic Acids
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
Bioinformatics
and Bioinformatics Laboratory
Selected Topics in Physiology
Biochemistry 1
and Biochemistry Laboratory
Biochemistry 2
Problems in Biology
ANTHROPOLOGY (Select at least 16 s.h.)
Human Osteology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Archaeological Techniques
Fieldwork in Historical and Industrial Sites Archaeology
Forensic Anthropology 1
Undergraduate Research
Forensic Anthropology 2
Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology
Advanced Topics in Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy
and Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy Laboratory
Global Positioning Systems and GIScience
Electives to meet 120 hours1
Optional courses (not a track)
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Gene Manipulation
Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Organic Chemistry Recitation 1
Organic Chemistry Recitation 2
Drug Use and Abuse
Agents of Mass Casualty
Crisis Management in Public Health
Total Semester Hours120-134

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.
YSU 1500 Success Seminar 1
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
CJFS 1510 Survey of Forensic Science 3
CJFS 1500 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
Arts and Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Hours17-18
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 Hours122-123

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 will demonstrate knowledge on the influence of the CJ system at the subsystem levels (policing, courts, and corrections).
  2. Students can analyze scientific situations, and apply the scientific method within the CJ judicial system.
  3. Students can explain biology principles and how they relate to forensic science.
  4. Students can explain chemistry principles and how they relate to forensic science.
  5. Students can explain basic physics and math principles, and how they relate to forensic science.