B.S. Degree in Forensic Science

Overview

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.

78 hours, no minor required 

6 HOURS MATHEMATICS

  • MATH-1213 - College Algebra
  • MATH-2913 - Statistical Methods

8 HOURS PHYSICS WITH LABORATORY

  • PHYS-1114 - College Physics I
  • PHYS-1214 - College Physics II

5 HOURS BIOLOGY WITH LABORATORY

  • BIOL-1115 - General Biology: I Cellular and Molecular Systems

31 HOURS CHEMISTRY

  • CHEM-1115 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-1215 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM-3115 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-3114 - Analytical Chemistry I
  • CHEM-3124 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM-3214 - Analytical Chemistry II
  • CHEM-4014 - Biochemistry I and Lab

16 HOURS FORENSIC SCIENCE

  • CHEM-2113 - Introduction to Forensic Science
  • GNSC-3113 - Forensic Science and the Law
  • CHEM-4313 - Forensic Toxicology
  • CHEM-4514 - Forensic Analysis
  • CHEM-4713 - Practicum in Forensic Science

5 HOURS OF SCIENCE SEMINAR

  • GNSC-1711 - Freshman Science Seminar
  • GNSC-2711 - Sophomore Science Seminar
  • GNSC-3711 - Junior Science Seminar
  • GNSC-4712 - Senior Science Seminar

7 HOURS OF TECHNICAL ELECTIVES CHOSEN FROM

  • BIOL-2314 - Genetics
  • BIOL-2523 - Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL-2623 - Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL-3224 - Human Physiology
  • BIOL-3435 - Pathogenic Microbiology
  • BIOL-4223 - Molecular Biology
  • BIOL-4301 - Molecular Biology Lab
  • CHEM-4613 - Research Methods
  • MATH-2114 - Calculus I With Analytical Geometry
  • PSYC-3313 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC-3913 - Psychology of Crime
  • PSYC-4413 - Biological Psychology
  • PSYC-4423 - Drugs and Psychopharmacology

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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