Forensic Science Major

The B.S. program in forensic science prepares students for careers as forensic scientists. Potential employers include local, state and federal crime laboratories and law enforcement agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The curriculum is enhanced by internship opportunities with local agencies, including the Tampa FDLE lab and the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner. The track also prepares students for graduate programs in forensic science, chemistry and biochemistry and health professional schools.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for a B.S. in forensic science:

BIO 203Biological Diversity

4

BIO 203LBiological Diversity Laboratory

0

BIO 204Biological Unity

4

BIO 204LBiological Unity Laboratory

0

CHE 152General Chemistry I

3

CHE 153LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHE 154General Chemistry II

3

CHE 155LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHE 232Organic Chemistry I

3

CHE 233LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHE 234Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 235LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHE 230Selected Topics in Forensic Science

3

MAT 260Calculus I

4

MAT 261Calculus II

4

PHY 200General Physics I

4

PHY 200LGeneral Physics I Laboratory

0

PHY 201General Physics II

4

PHY 201LGeneral Physics II Laboratory

0

CHE 305Applied Physical Chemistry

3

CHE 310Analytical Chemistry

4

CHE 310LAnalytical Chemistry Laboratory

0

CHE 320Biochemistry

3

CHE 320LBiochemistry Laboratory

1

CHE 432Forensic Chemistry I

3

CHE 433LForensic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHE 434Forensic Chemistry II

3

CHE 435LForensic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHE 440Professional Practice in Forensic Science

3

BIO 300General Genetics

4

BIO 300LGeneral Genetics Laboratory

0

BIO 370Molecular Biology

4

BIO 370LMolecular Biology Laboratory

0

CRM 102Introduction to Criminal Justice

4

CRM 200Law Enforcement

4

CRM 206Criminal Investigation

4

CRM 307Crime Scene Investigation

4

One of the following three courses:

CHE 410Senior Seminar

2

CHE 460Introduction to Forensic Research

1-4

CHE 463Forensic Science Internship

1-4

 

One of the following two courses:

CHE 340Microscopic Examination of Firearms Evidence

3

CHE 498Special Topics in Forensic Science

3

2 credits of CHE 410, CHE 460, or CHE 463 are required

Total Credit Hours: 94