Forensic Science

Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences and

Department of Chemistry

Associate Dean and Department Chair: Ellen Roskes, Ph.D.

Description

Stevenson University offers two program options in the study of forensic science. One option is a BS/MFS program where students can earn a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry in four years and a master's degree in forensic science in as little as one additional year. For additional information regarding the B.S. degree in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry, please see the biochemistry, biology, or chemistry sections of this catalog. The other option is a two-year master's degree program, which is described more fully in the Stevenson University Online Catalog and on the Stevenson website at stevenson.edu.

Forensic science is an interdisciplinary and applied course of study which plays a crucial role in the legal justice system. Advances in instrumentation and technology have opened up new approaches to solving crime, and the need for individuals trained in both science and the law is growing. Graduates of our program will be prepared for employment in local, state or federal government crime laboratories, forensics laboratories, DNA testing facilities, industry, and continued study at the doctoral level.

Application Process

Students apply for admission into the BS/MFS program during their junior year. Applications are available on September 1 and February 1. Admission to this program is based upon the following criteria:

  • Cumulative and science/math GPA of 3.0 or higher in all course work attempted
  • Grade of "C" or better in all science and mathematics courses
  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours and enrollment in a minimum of an additional 15 credit hours
  • Completion of FSCI 101
  • Completion of Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 211 and 211L) and enrollment in a minimum of one 300 or 400 level science course
  • Submission of a completed BS/MFS Program Application, including three letters of recommendation, prior to October 1 and March 1

Once accepted into the program, the undergraduate student may take up to 18 graduate credits beginning in the spring of his or her junior year.

Students, once accepted into the program, must submit a Graduate Application in the last semester of their undergraduate education. Application must be made prior to September 15 for a planned January start date and prior to February 15 for a planned August start date.

Option in Biochemistry Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in biochemistry and for entry into the biology or chemistry concentration of the master's in forensic sciences program. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

3 credits

BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics

1 credit

BIO 230Genetics

4 credits

BIOCH 327Biochemistry

3 credits

BIOCH 345LIntegrative Laboratory I

2 credits

BIOCH 427Advanced Biochemistry

3 credits

CHEM 114General Chemistry I with Problem Solving

3 credits

or

CHEM 115General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 116General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 210LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 211LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 213Digital Information Literacy for Chemistry

1 credit

CHEM 313Career Connections in Chemistry

1 credit

FSCI 101Survey of Forensic Sciences

3 credits

FSCI 400Senior Forensic Sciences Seminar

3 credits

FSCI 655Practicum Rotations

3 credits

MATH 136Introduction to Statistics

4 credits

MATH 220Calculus I

4 credits

PHYS 210General Physics I

4 credits

or

PHYS 215General Physics I with Calculus

4 credits

PHYS 211General Physics II

4 credits

or

PHYS 216General Physics II with Calculus

4 credits

SCI 215Writing in the Sciences

3 credits

Elective courses Group 1

Select two from the following list: (Students interested in the chemistry concentration must choose CHEM 310 and CHEM 430; students interested in the biology concentration must choose BIO 310 or BIO 330)

BIO 310Cell Biology

3 credits

BIO 330Molecular Genetics

4 credits

CHEM 310Analytical Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 430Physical Chemistry

3 credits

Elective courses Group 2

Select three from the following list:

At least two of the courses must be at the 300-level or higher; advisors help students choose electives based on the desired graduate concentration):

BIO 203Microbiology

4 credits

BIO 313Virology

3 credits

BIO 322Human Physiology

4 credits

BIO 335Immunology

4 credits

BIO 362Independent Research Experience in Biology

2 credits

BIO 365Independent Laboratory Research in Biology

3 credits

BIO 425Mammalian Nutrition

3 credits

BIOCH 362Independent Research Experience in Biochemistry

2 credits

BIOCH 365Independent Laboratory Research in Biochemistry

3 credits

CHEM 206Herbal Medicines and Remedies

3 credits

CHEM 221Inorganic Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 346LIntegrative Laboratory II

2 credits

CHEM 362Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry

2 credits

CHEM 365Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 431Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics

3 credits

CHEM 432Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics

3 credits

CHEM 435Special Topics in Chemistry

3 credits

Option in Biology Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in biology and for entry into the biology track of the master's in forensic science program. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

3 credits

BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics

1 credit

BIO 114General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms

3 credits

BIO 114LGeneral Biology II Laboratory: Structure and Function of Organisms

1 credit

BIO 115General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution

3 credits

BIO 115LGeneral Biology III Laboratory: Ecology and Evolution

1 credit

BIO 218Career Connections in the Life Sciences

1 credit

BIO 230Genetics

4 credits

BIO 235LDiversity of Life

2 credits

CHEM 114General Chemistry I with Problem Solving

3 credits

or

CHEM 115General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 116General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 210LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 211LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

FSCI 101Survey of Forensic Sciences

3 credits

FSCI 400Senior Forensic Sciences Seminar

3 credits

FSCI 655Practicum Rotations

3 credits

MATH 136Introduction to Statistics

4 credits

MATH 220Calculus I

4 credits

PHYS 210General Physics I

4 credits

or

PHYS 215General Physics I with Calculus

4 credits

and

PHYS 211General Physics II

4 credits

or

PHYS 216General Physics II with Calculus

4 credits

SCI 215Writing in the Sciences

3 credits

BIO 203 and BIO 217 or BIOCH 327 are required electives.

Biology Electives (take 4 electives)

Take four courses from the following courses listed below according to the following criteria:

  • A minimum of three courses at the 300- or 400 -level
  • A minimum of two lab courses
  • A maximum of two courses with the BIOCH, or ENV designation
  • A maximum of one research course from BIO 362, BIO 365, BIOCH 362, BIOCH 365, ENV 362, ENV 365

BIO 203, BIO 210, BIO 217, BIO 222, BIO 310, BIO 312, BIO 313, BIO 314, BIO 315, BIO 322, BIO 326 BIO 330, BIO 335, BIO 362, BIO 365, BIO 425, BIOCH 327, BIOCH 345L, BIOCH 362, BIOCH 365, BIOCH 427, ENV 213, ENV 255, ENV 260, ENV 270, ENV 275, ENV 280, ENV 285, ENV 307, ENV 310, ENV 320, ENV 330, ENV 340, ENV 360, ENV 362, ENV 365, ENV 375, ENV 410, ENV 420, ENV 430.

Students can take BIO 322 or BIO 326 but not both.

Option in Chemistry Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in chemistry and for entry into the chemistry track of the master's in forensic sciences program. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

3 credits

BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics

1 credit

BIOCH 327Biochemistry

3 credits

BIOCH 345LIntegrative Laboratory I

2 credits

CHEM 114General Chemistry I with Problem Solving

3 credits

or

CHEM 115General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 116General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 210LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 211LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 213Digital Information Literacy for Chemistry

1 credit

CHEM 221Inorganic Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 310Analytical Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 313Career Connections in Chemistry

1 credit

CHEM 346LIntegrative Laboratory II

2 credits

CHEM 431Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics

3 credits

CHEM 432Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics

3 credits

FSCI 101Survey of Forensic Sciences

3 credits

FSCI 400Senior Forensic Sciences Seminar

3 credits

FSCI 655Practicum Rotations

3 credits

MATH 136Introduction to Statistics

4 credits

MATH 220Calculus I

4 credits

MATH 221Calculus II

4 credits

PHYS 215General Physics I with Calculus

4 credits

PHYS 216General Physics II with Calculus

4 credits

SCI 215Writing in the Sciences

3 credits

CHEM 435 is required when the topic is Instrumental Analysis. Take one additional chemistry elective from the following: BIOCHEM 362, BIOCHEM 365, BIOCHEM 427, CHEM 203, CHEM 206, CHEM 362, CHEM 365, or CHEM 435

Minor in Forensic Sciences

A minor in forensic sciences is not available.

Other Options

Master's of Forensic Science

Students who wish to enter the master's of forensic science program must have a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology, chemistry or other equivalent natural sciences or forensic sciences. Candidates must meet specific course requirements and prerequisites. For further details, please see the Stevenson University Online Catalog or visit the Stevenson website stevenson.edu.

Course Descriptions

See Forensic Sciences Course Descriptions

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