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B.S. in Forensic Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology curriculum brings together the disciplines of forensics, biology, chemistry, and law to give students the basic laboratory skills and theoretical background required of investigators and leading professionals in forensic science laboratories, law enforcement, pre-medical fields, research areas, and legal contexts.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Forensic Biology take 123 credits. Students in the program need a solid foundation in science, which is achieved through 31 credit hours in biology and 20 credit hours in chemistry. All of the biology and chemistry courses have accompanying hands-on laboratory components. The students also take 19 credits from the SIS/SS curriculum to gain an understanding of law and the legal system, and an understanding of the unique requirements for evidence in a court of law. A forensic internship/co-op is highly recommended between junior and senior years. The course of study for the program is completed with credits from the general education offerings, including several courses in math and communication.

Students are expected to earn a C grade or better in core biology and chemistry courses before moving on to subsequent courses.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
BIO 105 Foundations of Biology II 4
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 106 General Chemistry II 4
COM 122 English Composition 3
Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X) 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
UNIV 101 College Success *(1)
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Sophomore Year
BIO 200 Genetics 4
BIO 201 Microbiology 4
CHM 200 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry II 4
COM 222 Business Communication 3
Technical Report Writing
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science 4
SS 120 U.S. History 3
Introduction to Geography
Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Junior Year
BIO 301 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIO 302 Instrumental Analysis and Trace Evidence 3
CHM 300 Biochemistry 4
COM 219 Speech 3
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
Electives 6
Internship/Co-Op ** 3
 Credits Subtotal35.0
Senior Year
BIO 400 Molecular and Cell Biology 4
BIO 401 Forensic DNA Analysis 4
HU 330 Values and Ethics 3
PS 114 Introductory Physics II 4
SIS 308 Courts and Criminal Justice 3
SIS 411 Procedural Laws and Evidence 3
SIS 421 History and Philosophy of Law/Jurisprudence 3
SS 320 Government of the U.S. 3
Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 123.0
*

UNIV 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements or meets open elective credit

**

 To be completed between Junior and Senior years.