Forensic Science Degree Requirements

(67-73 credits)

The program includes at least 38 credits of required graduate coursework, in addition to 6 to 12 semester hours of research, 6 to 12 semester hours of practicum/internship, plus mandatory participation in a symposium/seminar series. Students working full-time with two or more years of relevant laboratory experience at a forensic laboratory who are completing the program on a part-time basis may have the practicum/internship requirement waived with approval of the Program Director.

First-Year Coursework

Fall Semester (14-17 credits)

  • FS 518 Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction (2 credits)
  • FS 519 Forensic Pattern Analysis (2 credits)
  • FS 570 Criminal Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • FS 561a Forensic Science Symposium (1 credit)
  • CH 518 Instrumental Analysisin Forensic Toxicology and Chemistry (3 credits)
  • FS540 Statistical Analysis and Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • BI 440 Biochemistry (as needed)

Spring Semester (14-17 credits)

  • FS 515 Research Methods in Forensic Science (1 credit)
  • FS 504 General Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • FS 530 Forensic Serology (3 credits)
  • FS 535 Forensic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • FS 535L Forensic Chemistry Lab (0 credits)
  • FS 532 Forensic Microscopy (3 credits)
  • FS 532L Forensic Microscopy Lab (0 credits)
  • FS 561b Forensic Science Symposium (1 credit)
  • BI 204 Genetics (as needed) OR CH 203 Equilibrium and Analysis (as needed)

Summer Coursework (4 credits)

  • FS 596 Research Project in Forensic Science (4 credits) OR FS 597 Research Project in Forensic Chemistry (4 credits) OR FS 598 Research Project in Forensic Biology (4 credits)

Second-Year Coursework

Fall Semester (18 credits)

  • FS 525 Forensic Toxicology I (3 credits)
  • FS 525L Forensic Toxicology Lab (0 credit)
  • FS 531 Human Molecular biology (3 credits)
  • FS 531L Human Molecular Biology Lab (0 credit)
  • FS 512 Forensic Trace Analysis (3 credits)
  • FS 536 Advanced Forensic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • FS 533 Quality Management in Forensic Science (1 credit)
  • FS 596 Research Project in Forensic Science (4 credits)
    or FS 597 Research Project in Forensic Chemistry (4 credits)
    or FS 598 Research Project in Forensic Biology (4 credits)
  • FS 562A Forensic Science Communications I (1 credit)

Spring Semester (18 credits)

  • FS 586 Graduate Practicum in Forensic Biology (4 credits)
  • FS 587 Graduate Practicum in Forensic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • FS 588 Graduate Practicum in Forensic Toxicology (4 credits)
    or FS 583 Graduate Internship in Forensic Science [external] (6-12 credits)
  • FS 596 Research Project in Forensic Science (4 credits)
    or FS 597 Research Project in Forensic Chemistry (4 credits)
    or FS 598 Research Project in Forensic Biology (4 credits)
  • FS 520 Moot Court (1 credit)
  • FS 562B Forensic Science Communications II (1 credit)

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