B.S. Degree in Forensic Science


78 hours, no minor required 

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science will:

  1. Be prepared for graduate level studies in forensic science or entry-level positions in a forensic science laboratory.
  2. Have acquired fundamental knowledge in the biological and chemical sciences with specific knowledge in forensic science.
  3. Be able to think critically and conduct research experimentally and theoretically.
  4. Be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing the results of scientific research and study.
  5. Have developed mature Christian attitudes that will foster scholarship, intellectual honesty, and ethical conduct; having a good grasp of the concepts of justice and mercy.
Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours.    

1. 6 hours mathematics 

2. 8 hours physics with laboratory 

3. 5 hours biology with laboratory 

4. 31 hours chemistry 

5. 16 hours forensic science 

6. 5 hours of science seminar 

7. 7 hours technical electives chosen from 

Technical electives should be chosen based upon degree track. BIOL-3115, 3224, and/or 3435 are recommended for toxicology-related career/graduate school. DNA-related career/graduate school requires BIOL-2314, 4223, and 4301. Graduate studies in psychological forensic science recommend PSYC-3313, 3913, 4413, and 4423. MATH-2114 and CHEM-4613 are recommended for any graduate school preparation in forensic chemistry. 

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