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 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.

It is recommended that students earn a C grade or better in core biology and chemistry courses before moving on to subsequent courses. 

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
BIO 120
BIO 120L
Foundations of Biology I 4
BIO 121
BIO 121L
Foundations of Biology II 4
CHM 110
CHM 110L
General Chemistry I 4
CHM 111
CHM 111L
General Chemistry II 4
COM 122 English Composition 3
Humanities Lower-Level 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 215
BIO 215L
Genetics 4
BIO 216
BIO 216L
Microbiology 4
CHM 210
CHM 210L
Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 211
CHM 211L
Organic Chemistry II 4
COM 222 Business Communication 3
Technical Report Writing
Open Elective 3
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science 4
SS 120 U.S. History 3
Introduction to Geography
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Junior Year
BIO 302
BIO 302L
Instrumental Analysis and Trace Evidence 4
BIO 305
BIO 305L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHM 310
CHM 310L
Biochemistry 4
COM 219 Speech 3
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
Open Electives 4
PS 113
PS 113L
Introductory Physics I 4
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
Internship/Co-Op ** 3
 Credits Subtotal35.0
Senior Year
BIO 405
BIO 405L
Molecular and Cell Biology 4
BIO 406
BIO 406L
Forensic DNA Analysis 4
HU 330 Values and Ethics 3
Open Elective 3
PS 117
PS 117L
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
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 123.0