Forensic Science Curriculum Requirements

Student Scottie Gendron analyses a tread pattern.

Degrees Awarded

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Major Requirements

The Forensic Science major consists of 54 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Foundational Courses:

  • SOC 1510 Principles of Sociology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 1510 American Government (3 s.h.)

Required Justice Studies Core:

  • JUS 2200 Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2410 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3090 Criminology (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3200 The Correctional Process (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4700 Internship (3 s.h.)

Required Major Courses:

  • JUS 2420 Introduction to Forensic Science (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3150 Drugs, Crime & Society (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3960 Criminal Profiling (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3970 Crime Scene Investigation (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3980 Advanced Crime Scene Investigation (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4010 The Investigative Process (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4100 Medicolegal Death Investigation (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4150 Forensic Firearm Identification (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4160 Forensic Photography (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4400 Crime Scene Reconstruction (3 s.h.)

With the permission of the department chair an appropriate 3000-4000-level JUS or LAW course may replace JUS 4700.

SOC 2200, PSY 2500, or MAT 2200 may be substituted in place of JUS 2200.

The Director of the Forensic Science Program, with the approval of the Department Chair, may allow a non-Justice Studies Major to take a Forensic Science class without taking the necessary Justice Studies prerequisites. Such students will be limited to nine hours of Forensic Science Classes.

All students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher in core and elective courses taken in the Applied Forensic Science major.


Minor Requirements

The Forensic Science minor consists of 21 s.h. distributed as follows:
  • JUS 2420 Introduction to Forensic Science (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3890 Criminal Evidence and Procedure (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3960 Criminal Profiling (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3970 Crime Scene Investigation (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4010 The Investigative Process (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4100 Medicolegal Death Investigation (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4150 Forensic Firearm Identification (3 s.h.)