Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Forensic Biology Major

General Information

The Forensic Biology curriculum is designed to provide the student with a solid background in the scientific principles that underlie forensic techniques. Skills are acquired through coursework augmented by practical laboratory experience.

Career Opportunities

A baccalaureate degree in forensic biology provides diverse opportunities for employment as forensic scientists or as laboratory analysts or for advanced training in forensics and related fields.

Physical and Biological Faculty


Forensic Biology Objectives:

To demonstrate

  1. Knowledge of basic structure and functioning of cells.
  2. To understand the principles and mathematical analysis of Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance.
  3. To understand the structure and function of nucleic acids and molecular controls.
  4. To collect and preserve forensic evidence using established protocol.
  5. Plan and perform analyses of both biological and nonbiological forensic evidence.
  6. Apply chemical, physical, and biological principles to the design of procedures for the analysis of forensic evidence.
  7. Communicate clearly and effectively the results and reliability of an analysis of forensic evidence.
  8. Demonstrate ability to function as an ethical member of the criminal justice system.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required Science courses: (74 credit hours)

BIO 107General Biology I

3 cr.

BIO 117General Biology Laboratory I

1 cr.

BIO 108General Biology II

3 cr.

BIO 118General Biology Laboratory II

1 cr.

BIO 401Recombinant DNA/Fingerprinting

4 cr.

BIO 306Genetics

4 cr.

BIO 203Microbiology

4 cr.

BIO 310Cell Biology

4 cr.

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

CHEM 106General Chemistry II

4 cr.

CHEM 209Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 211Analytical Methods

3 cr.

CHEM 221Analytical Methods Laboratory

1 cr.

CHEM 219Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr.

CHEM 220Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr.

CHEM 314Biochemistry

3 cr.

CHEM 324Biochemistry Laboratory

1 cr.

FS 201Introduction to Forensics

4 cr.

FS 240Scientific Evidence

3 cr.

FS 310Crime Scene Processing

3 cr.

FS 325Criminalistics I

4 cr.

FS 426Criminalistics II

4 cr.

FS 480Internship in Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Biology

1-3 cr.

or

FS 333Independent Study in Forensic Science

1-3 cr.

And

PHYS 123Physics of the Life Sciences 1

4 cr.

PHYS 124Physics of the Life Sciences 2

4 cr.

Total Credit Hours:75-77

Required courses in Math, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice

MATH 123Calculus I for Management, Life, and Social Sciences

3 cr.

MATH 121Introductory Probability and Statistics

3 cr.

CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 cr.

CS XXXComputer Science

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 87-89

The 2.0 required grade point average in the major will be based upon all BIO, CHEM, and FS courses pursued as a part of the student’s degree program