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 Sample Program

Fall Semester – 1st Year

FO 702 Biological & Physical Evidence

3 hours

FO 850 Molecular Techniques for Forensic Scientists*

3 hours

Elective course

3 hours

FO 771 Forensic Science Seminar

1 hour

 

Spring Semester – 1st Year

FO 710/711 Criminalistics (and Laboratory)

5 hours

Elective course

3 hours

FO 770 Graduate Research Seminar

1 hour

 

Fall Semester – 2nd Year

CH 777 Instrumental Methods of Analysis

5 hours

FO 803 or 809 or 886 or 890 (Research or Internship)

3 hours

FO 770 Graduate Research Seminar

1 hour

 

Spring Semester – 2nd Year

CH 778 Advanced Instrumental Methods of Analysis

5 hours

FO 720 Toxicology*

3 hours

FO 886 or 890 Research, Internship, or elective course

3 hours

FO 771 Forensic Science Seminar

1 hour

 

Total

40 hours

 

*Either FO 850 or FO 720 must be taken; however, students are also free to take both courses.

Elective courses currently offered by the Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Physical Sciences and the MSFS program include:

  • Molecular Genetics
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Cadaver Dissection
  • Forensic Pathology (Anatomy of Death)
  • Forensic Photography
  • Pharmacology
  • Firearms Examination
  • Ethics in Forensic Science
  • Professionalism in Forensic Science
  • And many others

Students wishing to enter the field of forensic biology are strongly encouraged to include the following courses (or their equivalent) in their curriculum if they were not taken as part of their undergraduate degree program:

  • CH 560/561 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Laboratory
  • MC 350/351 Molecular & Cellular Biology and Laboratory
  • MC 520 Molecular Genetics
  • MA 352 Introduction to Biostatistics