Four-Year Degree Plan for Major in Forensic Science

Note that this is a sample four-year plan. There are other course sequences that will allow a student to graduate within four years as long as prerequisite courses are taken in the proper sequence. This sample plan does not guarantee course availability, and adjustments to students’ plans may be necessary if they are unable to take specific courses during specific semesters. Students who are placed into lower level FYW, MAT or other prerequisite courses will need to adjust their four-year plans accordingly. Similarly, students who bring in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment or transfer credit for courses will need to adjust their four-year plans. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA both overall and in the major is required for graduation. In addition to major requirements, all components of the Baccalaureate Experience must be completed in order to graduate.

Degree Requirements

First (Freshman) Year - Fall Semester

CHE 152General Chemistry I

3

CHE 153LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1

MAT 260Calculus I

4

BIO 203Biological Diversity

4

BIO 203LBiological Diversity Laboratory

0

FYW 101Writing and Inquiry

4

GTW 101Gateways

1

or

HON 101Pathways to Honors 1

1

Total Credit Hours:17
CHE 152, CHE 153L: Grade "C" or better

First (Freshman) Year - Spring Semester

CHE 154General Chemistry II

3

CHE 155LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1

MAT 201Introduction to Statistics

4

BIO 204Biological Unity

4

BIO 204LBiological Unity Laboratory

0

AWR 201Writing and Research

4

GTW 102Gateways II

1

or

HON 102Pathways to Honors 2

1

Total Credit Hours:17
CHE 154, CHE 155L: Grade "C" or better

Second (Sophomore) Year - Fall Semester

CHE 230Selected Topics in Forensic Science

3

CHE 232Organic Chemistry I

3

CHE 233LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHE 310Analytical Chemistry

4

CHE 310LAnalytical Chemistry Laboratory

0

BIO 300General Genetics

4

BIO 300LGeneral Genetics Laboratory

0

Total Credit Hours:15
CHE 232CHE 233L (W), CHE 310: Grade "C" or better

Second (Sophomore) Year - Spring Semester

CHE 234Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 235LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CRM 102Introduction to Criminal Justice

4

CRM 200Law Enforcement

4

Social Science (Bacc Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:16

CHE 234CHE 235L (W): grade of "C" or better

Social Science: (IG) (NW)

Third (Junior) Year - Fall Semester

CHE 320Biochemistry

3

CHE 320LBiochemistry Laboratory

1

CHE 432Forensic Chemistry I

3

CHE 433LForensic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

PHY 200General Physics I

4

PHY 200LGeneral Physics I Laboratory

0

Humanities/Fine Arts (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:16
Humanities/Fine Arts: (A) (W)

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

CHE 434Forensic Chemistry II

3

CHE 435LForensic Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CRM 206Criminal Investigation

4

PHY 201General Physics II

4

PHY 201LGeneral Physics II Laboratory

0

BIO 370Molecular Biology

4

BIO 370LMolecular Biology Laboratory

0

Total Credit Hours:16

 

Third (Junior) Year - May Term

CHE 340Microscopic Examination of Firearms Evidence

3

Total Credit Hours:3
CHE 498 may be taken instead of CHE 340.  It may be taken during the spring semester of the senior year.

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

CHE 305Applied Physical Chemistry

3

CRM 307Crime Scene Investigation

4

Social Science (Bacc. Exp)

4

Humanities Fine Arts (Bacc Exp)

4

Total Credit Hours:15

CHE 432, CHE 433L: grade "C" or better

Humanities/Fine Arts: (IG) (NW)

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

CHE 440Professional Practice in Forensic Science

3

Humanities Fine Arts (Bacc Exp)

4

Social Science (Bacc. Exp)

4

 

One of the following:

CHE 410Senior Seminar

2

CHE 460Introduction to Forensic Research

1-4

CHE 463Forensic Science Internship

1-4

Total Credit Hours:13

Social Science (IG) (NW)

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

Total Credit Hours: 128

Note: The natural science and math components of the Baccalaureate Experience are fulfilled by courses in the above sequence (i.e., BIO 204, CHE 152, MAT 260). BIO 203, as a part of the biology lower-core curriculum, is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses.

WRI 281 is strongly recommended for the Forensic Science major.  The above schedule of classes is recommended for students who are most interested in the chemistry and toxicology fields of forensic analysis.  Students who are more interested in DNA analysis are encouraged to schedule CHE 320, BIO 300, and BIO 370 earlier in their plans noted in the model plan shown above, and students who are more interested in crime scene investigation are encouraged to schedule CRM 206 and CRM 307 earlier in their plans in consultation with their academic advisors.