Requirements for the B.A. in Biology and the M.S. in Forensic Science

The First Year

Fall Semester (16 credits)

  • BI 101 General Biology I (4 credits)
  • CH 111 Conceptual Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • EN 101 Thought and Expression I (4 credits)
  • A First-Year Seminar (4 credits)

Spring Semester (16 credits)

  • BI 102 General Biology II (4 credits)
  • CH 102 Conceptual Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • MA 141 Elementary Statistics (4 credits)
  • A Global Connections (Intellectual Practices requirement) course (4 credits)

The Second Year

Fall Semester (20 credits)

  • BI 201 Evolution and Population Biology (4 credits)
  • BI 204 Genetics (4 creidts)
  • ┬áBI 242 Biological Research Methods (4 credits)
  • A University Seminar course (4 credits)
  • An Elective or an Undergraduate Curriculum requirement course such as Self and Society (4 credits)

Spring Semester (18 credits)

  • BI 211 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • CH 203 Equilibrium and Analysis
  • A Modern Language course (4 credits)
  • A Global Connections Experience (4 credits)
  • A Global Connections Reflection course (2 credits)

The Third Year

Fall Semester (18-20 credits)

  • BI 325 Cell Biology (4 credits)
  • BI 222 Plant Biology
    or BI 329 Ecology (4 credits)
  • CH 201 Organic Chemistry I: Structures, Mechanisms and Reactions (4 credits)
  • An Elective or an Undergraduate Curriculum requirement (2-4 credits)

Spring Semester (18 credits)

  • BI 333 Molecular Biology (4 credits)
  • CH 202 Organic Chemistry II: Structures, Mechanisms and Reactions (4 credits)
  • BI 290 Junior Seminar in Biology(2 credits)
  • A Creative Expressions (Area of Inquiry) course (4 credits)
  • A University Seminar (4 credits)

The Fourth Year

Fall Semester (8 undergraduate credits; 12 graduate credits)

  • BI 340 Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • CH 404 Instrumental Methods of Analysis I (4 credits)
  • FS 518 Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction (2 credits)
  • FS 519 Pattern Evidence Analysis (2 credits)
  • FS 533 Quality Management in Forensic Science (1 credit)
  • FS 540 Statistical Analysis & Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • FS 570 Criminal Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • FS 561a Forensic Science Symposium (1 credit)

Spring Semester (8 undergraduate credits, 10 graduate credits)

  • An Undergraduate Curriculum requirement course, such as a Research Writing-designated course (4 credits)
  • BI 490 Senior Seminar in Biology (4 credits)
  • FS 504 General Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • FS 530 Forensic Serology (3 credits)
  • FS 535 Forensic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • FS 515 Research Methods (1 credit)

The Fifth Year

Fall Semester (17 graduate credits)

  • FS 525 Forensic Toxicology (3 credits)
  • FS 531 Human Molecular Biology (3 credits)
  • FS 536 Advanced Forensic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • FS 512 Trace Analysis (3 credits)
  • FS 562a Forensic Science Communications I (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)

Spring Semester (18 graduate 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
  • FS 520 Moot Court (1 credit)
  • FS 562b Forensic Science Communications II (1 credit)
  • 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 (12 credits)
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