B.S. Degree in Forensic Science
An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science will have:
Active Faith: Develop mature Christian attitudes towards scholarship, intellectual honesty, and ethical conduct that promote a life-long appreciation for learning in
Foundational Knowledge: Acquire a fundamental body of knowledge in the natural sciences with an emphasis in forensic science.
Information Literacy: Effectively identify, locate, and evaluate information needed for preparing a scientific paper, presentation, or project.
Structured Reasoning: Understand the scientific method and use it to measure and evaluate experimental data in all labs, including the forensic science lab.
Critical and Creative Thinking: Solve problems and think critically in both experimental and theoretical situations.
Effective Communication: Communicate effectively the results of scientific research and study, primarily in forensic science.
Personal, Social, and Global Stewardship: Participate in curricular and extracurricular activities that enhance learning and preparation for careers in the forensic
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.
3 Hours mathematics
- MATH-1223 Mathematical Functions and Modeling
8 Hours physics with laboratory
- PHYS-1114 College Physics I
- PHYS-1214 College Physics II
8 Hours biology
- BIOL-1115 General Biology I: Cellular and Molecular Systems
- BIOL-2913 Biostatistics Methods
31 Hours chemistry
- CHEM-1115 General Chemistry I
- CHEM-1215 General Chemistry II
- CHEM-3114 Analytical Chemistry I
- CHEM-3115 Organic 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
- CHEM-4313 Forensic Toxicology
- CHEM-4514 Forensic Analysis
- CHEM-4713 Practicum in Forensic Science
- GNSC-3113 Forensic Science and the Law
5 Hours of science seminar
- GNSC-1711 Freshman Science Seminar
- GNSC-2711 Sophomore Science Seminar
- GNSC-3711 Junior Science Seminar
- GNSC-4711 Senior Science Seminar
7 Hours technical electives chosen from
- BIOL-2022 Medical Terminology
- BIOL-2314 Genetics
- BIOL-2523 Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIOL-2623 Anatomy & 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.
Recommendations As Follows:
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.
Note: The Forensic Science major is currently suspended due to student
demand; a proposal to formally retire the program is pending faculty approval.