The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology degree program combines the disciplines of biology, chemistry and law to give students the skills and background needed by professionals in forensic science laboratories, law enforcement and related fields.
Working in two new laboratories with professional equipment, students will learn about evidence collection, crime scene investigation, tissue sampling and analysis, and DNA analysis techniques. Graduates are prepared to specialize in the analysis of crime scene samples and become accredited forensic biologists from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences or to continue their education in medical, graduate, or law school.
The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology degree is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Students in the Forensic Biology take 124 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.
|HU 14X Lower Level||3|
|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|
|MA 241||Calculus and Analytical Geometry I||4|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|UNIV 101||College Success *||(1)|
|CHM 200||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|CHM 201||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|COM 222||Business Communication||3|
or COM 221
|Technical Report Writing|
|IT 109||Introduction to Computers and Applications||3|
or CS 118
|Fundamentals of Computer Programming|
|MA 222||Business Statistics||3|
|SIS 220||Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science||4|
|SS 120||U.S. History||3|
or SS 204
|Introduction to Geography|
|BIO 301||Human Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|BIO 302||Instrumental Analysis and Trace Evidence||3|
|BIO 401||Forensic DNA Analysis||4|
|SIS 200||Introduction to the U.S. Legal System||3|
|SS 320||Government of the U.S.||3|
|BIO 400||Molecular and Cell Biology||4|
|HU 330||Values and Ethics||3|
|PS 113||Introductory Physics I||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|
UNIV 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements or meets open elective credit
To be completed between junior and senior years.
B.S. in Global Security and Intelligence Studies
Students in the Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) program gain the broad understanding of global interrelationships along with the cultural, sociological and psychological dimensions of war and terrorism to help ensure the security of society.
B.S. in Wildlife Science
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Forensic Biology Juniors Rebecca Long and Danica Murphy recently wrote about their summer experience at a Medical Examiners office assisting with autopsies.