Major Requirements

Forensic Science, B.S.

[Forensic Science - 1999.20]

Students majoring in Forensic Science will study scientific principles and established laboratory procedures to identify and characterize evidence found at the site of a criminal investigation. Upon completion of the major, students will be prepared to enter a forensic science laboratory and learn to follow the established procedures for obtaining scientific data as well as interpret that data in a careful and reproducible manner. As a laboratory science, students will complete a variety of science courses in biology, biochemistry, general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and organic chemistry.


Minimum Total Hours: 124

Total Liberal Arts Hours Required: 60

General Education Requirements: Per the General Education list (see General Education Division). Exceptions: MTH 200 is required; the lab science requirement is met through the major requirements.

Minimum Requirements: Overall and major GPA of 2.0; no grade less than C- in the major.

Transfer Requirements: See institutional transfer policies.

Application to the Major: Standard institutional major application should be submitted at the end of the sophomore year. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance to the major.

Major Requirements: 61 hours as follows:

  • 8 hours in biology: BIO 101, BIO 101 lab, BIO 102, BIO 102 lab;
  • 5 hours in biochemisty: BCH 305 and 305 lab;
  • 24 hours in chemistry: CHM 111, CHM 111 lab, CHM 112, CHM 112 lab, CHM 121, CHM 211, CHM 211 lab, CHM 212, CHM 212 lab, CHM 304;
  • 16 hours in criminal justice: CRJ 101, CRJ 205, CRJ 206, CRJ 207, CRJ 207 lab, CRJ 210;
  • 8 hours in physics: PHY 101 and 102.
  • The following electives are recommended but not required: BIO 201 and 201 lab, BIO 301 and 301 lab, BIO 302 and 302 lab, BIO 420 and 420 lab, CHM 450 and 498, CRJ 401 and 450.

View the full course check sheet for detailed information about course requirements (pdf).