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Integrated Learning Major in Forensic Science (Undergraduate)

Forensic Science is a 25- to 26-credit Integrated Learning Major (ILM) that can complement a variety of other majors including Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology. This ILM is designed to provide a broad exposure to the field, increasing employability in a variety of settings related to Forensic Science. Professionals in technically demanding fields are commonly asked to apply their expertise to other seemingly unrelated disciplines. As a result, they must have a comprehensive understanding of not only their own field, but also secondary knowledge of another broadly based, often interdisciplinary, field of study. A chemist might lend his or her expertise to a matter of legal or ethical importance. A curator might evaluate scientific and historical evidence about a painting’s authenticity. A journalist might research a story involving science, medicine, and technology.

Integrated Learning Majors provide broad, interdisciplinary opportunities for students through valuable tools and knowledge in a variety of fields. This synergistic approach adds scholarly mettle to both the major and the interdisciplinary program, while exploiting their connective properties. For example, an undergraduate interested in chemistry could have an integrated learning program in forensic science. Or a student pursuing archeology could have an integrated learning major in ethics, with focus on social science research.

Required: GPA of at least 2.0; and complete all the requirements of one of the following majors: Anthropology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology. Other requisite majors will be considered based on student proposals that include appropriate connection courses and with the approval of the director.

This Integrative Learning Major is intended to provide a broad exposure to the field of forensic science, increasing employability in a variety of careers that relate to forensic science. However, this major will not generally be sufficient to prepare students for forensic laboratory positions unless it is paired with a chemistry, biochemistry, or biology major.

Consult the Course Catalog for the specific B.S. requirements or B.A. requirements.

Sample Requirements

I. Entry Courses (required)

  • CHE 113 Introduction to Forensic Science (4 credits)
  • FSC 406 Advanced Forensic Science (3)

II. Quantitative Skills - choose 1 course only

  • MAT 221 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3) -OR-
  • FSC 431 Statistics for the Forensic Sciences (3) -OR-
  • PSY 252 Statistical Methods II (3) (which may be substituted by Psychology Majors)

III. Connection Courses - must take one designated for the primary major

Anthropology Majors (Choose One)

  • ANT 433 Human Osteology (3)

Biochemistry, Biology Majors (Choose One)

  • FSC 444 Forensic Chemical Analysis (4)
  • BIO 326 Genetics (3)

Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics Majors

  • FSC 444 Forensic Chemical Analysis (4)

Psychology Majors (Choose One)

  • PSY 474 Forensic Psychology (3)
  • FSC 452 Forensic Mental Health (3)

Sociology Majors (Choose One)

  • SOC 334 Criminal Justice (3)
  • SOC 397 Ciminology (3)

IV. Electives - 3 courses: Any FSC course may be used even if not listed; courses used for other requirements cannot be also counted as electives.

  • ANT 433 Human Osteology (3)
  • ANT 434 Anthropology of Death (3)
  • ANT 436 Bioarcheology (3)
  • BIO 326 Genetics (3)
  • BIO 462 Molecular Genetics (3)
  • CHE 335 Chemical & Biochemical Analysis (4)
  • CHE 575 Organic Spectroscopy (3)
  • FSC 300 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3)
  • FSC 440 Special Topics in Advanced Forensic Science (3) (may be taken multiple times with different topics)
  • FSC 444 Forensic Chemical Analysis (4)
  • FSC 452 Forensic Pathology (3)
  • FSC 452 Forensic Mental Health (3)
  • FSC 453 Forensic Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 461 Firearms & Impression Evidence (3)
  • FSC 462 Forensic Entomology (3)
  • FSC 465 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 467 Forensic Photography (3)
  • FSC 468 Crime Scene Investigation (3)
  • FSC 472 Advanced Light Microscopy (3)
  • FSC 490 Independent Study (3)
  • LIN 475 Forensic Linguistics (3)
  • NUC 520 Radiochemistry, Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing and Nonproliferation (3)
  • PSY 474 Forensic Psychology (3)
  • SOC 334 Criminal Justice (3)
  • SOC 397 Criminology (3)

V. Required Capstone Course

  • FSC 498 Capstone Seminar in Forensic Science (3)

Total Credits Required - 25 or 26