Jul 20, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Science, B.S.

Dr. Frank Bailey, director
SCI 2026

Doug Adams (A-G)
DSB 120

Renee Robbins (H-O)
DSB 120

Beth Bonner (P-Z)
DSB 120


The interdisciplinary major in Forensic Science consists of a strong interdisciplinary curriculum within the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Criminal Justice. The goals of the Forensic Science major are to provide a strong academic foundation that offers preparation for advanced study in forensic science or employment in public crime laboratories, specialized private laboratories, and law enforcement agencies; to understand the role of the forensic scientist in the criminal justice system and offer preparation to present oral and written findings to the court; and to provide student interaction with current forensic practitioners through seminars and internships.

Forensic Science is the application of techniques and principles of the natural and physical sciences to the analysis of evidence collected during criminal investigations. Career options exist with the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, forensic laboratories, medical examiner offices, hospitals, military, private firms, and universities.

No minor is required since this degree is highly interdisciplinary. The requirements for a major in Forensic Science can be obtained from an advisor of the program.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Forensic Science, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 73 hours*
Supporting Courses 17 hours*
TOTAL 120-131 hours

 *This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If courses for this program are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the program of study may be completed in 120 hours.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (73 hours)

Supporting Courses (17 hours)

Curriculum: Forensic Science

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.


Subtotal: 31 Hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Subtotal: 28-29 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours