Program Courses

Suggested Courses

The Forensic Science Guidance Committee:

  • provides guidance within specific areas of the discipline by listing courses that are either required or strongly recommended for employment in this field
  • suggests courses for non-science majors interested in electives related to the field forensic science.

Many of the following courses would be appropriate for professionals already in the field who desire to enhance their professional development or pursue graduate studies.

If you have questions about course specifics or are unsure which courses are appropriate, the Forensic Science Guidance Committee strongly encourages you to consult with your advisor in addition to any of the three faculty members listed below for assistance. Students can e-mail Dr. John Wallace in the Department of Biology, Dr. Maria Schiza, Department of Chemistry, or Dr. Mary Glazier, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Courses Prerequisites
Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology (BIOL 362)* BIOL 100 or BIOL 101; CHEM 112; ENGL 110
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BIOL 364)* BIOL 100/101; CHEM 112
Plant Systematics (BIOL 325) BIOL 221
Entomology (BIOL 416) BIOL 211
Conservation Biology (BIOL 443) BIOL 101; BIOL 343
Functional Human Anatomy (BIOL 356) BIOL 211
Biometry (BIOL 375) MATH 161
Molecular and Cell Techniques (BIOL 466) BIOL 462; (BIOL 461 recommended)
Seminar: Forensic Entomology (BIOL 472) BIOL 100
* Indicates courses that are required in order to secure an entry level position in most Biological Science Units in Forensic Investigations Laboratories
Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 231) CHEM 112
Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 232) CHEM 231
Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 265) CHEM 112
Biochemistry (CHEM 326) CHEM 232
Analytical Chemisry (CHEM 465) CHEM 342
Earth Sciences
Physical Geology (ESCI 221) MATH 101 or placement into MATH 160 or higher
Geomorphology (ESCI 225) ESCI 221
Mesoscale Meteorology (ESCI 444) Synoptic Meteorology
Synoptic Meteorology (ESCI 441) Dynamic Meteorology II (ESCI 343)
Nursing
Sci. Adv. in Health Care (NURS 315)
(Perspectives course)
ENGL 110, COMM 100
Physics
Physics I (w/Calculus) (PHYS 231) MATH 161
Physics II (w/Calculus) (PHYS 232) PHYS 231, MATH 161
Mechanics I (PHYS 311) PHYS 232, Coreq. MATH 365
Mechanics II (PHYS 312) PHYS 311
Macro. Phen./Thermo. (PHYS 334) PHYS 232, Coreq. MATH 261
Psychology
Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 437) PSYC 100
Personality Theory (PSYC 335) PSYC 100
Sociology / Anthropology
Criminology (SOCY 230) SOCY 101
Intro. to Crim. Just. System (SOCY 331) SOCY 101, 230
Topics in Criminology (SOCY 339) SOCY 101, 230 or by permission
Intro. to Archaeology (ANTH 121) none
Forensic Anthropology (ANTH 233) ANTH 122, 123

Useful Science Courses for Non-Science Majors Interested in Forensics

Courses Prerequisites
Seminar: Forensic Entomology (BIOL 471) BIOL 100
Human Anatomy I (BIOL 154) CHEM 103
Human Anatomy II (BIOL 155) BIOL 154; CHEM 103 OR CHEM 111
Science of Chemistry (CHEM 102) none
Gen., Org. & Biochem. (CHEM 103-104) High School Chemistry or CHEM 110
Intro. to Instrumentation (CHEM 367) CHEM 232 or 235; Coreq. PHYS 132 or 232