Pre-Forensic Science Program

Forensic Science and Other Graduate Programs

Students interested in pursuing a MS or PhD in forensic science or another related field should major in Biology or Chemistry. For the best preparation, we recommend a double major in both Biology and Chemistry. Students should review the admissions requirements for the graduate schools of their choice. We recommend that students complete the following courses (in addition to major requirements) for preparation for admission and success in a forensic science program:

  • BIOL3120 Internship in Biological Sciences
  • BIOL3420 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL3440 Human Physiology
  • BIOL4310 Biochemistry
  • BIOL4450 Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM4330 Instrumental Analysis
  • MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH1510 Calculus I

During summers, students should consider internships or volunteer experiences in the criminal justice system or research opportunities in forensic science programs to gain practical experience. Most students take the GRE exam in April of their junior year and begin to apply to graduate schools during the summer following their junior year. Early application is strongly recommended.

Major universities offer a diverse array of graduate programs in the sciences. Students will find an interesting selection of MS and PhD programs, including Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Pathology, Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, and many more. Students should review the admissions requirements for the graduate schools of their choice and plan their coursework accordingly. During summers, students should consider internships or research opportunities at major universities to gain practical experience. Most students take the GRE exam in April of their junior year and begin to apply to graduate schools during the summer following their junior year. Early application is strongly recommended.

Courses for Forensic Science and Other Graduate Programs

BIOL3120 Internship in Biological Sciences 1 – 3 s.h.
Developed in conjunction with and approved by an appropriate faculty member in the Biological Sciences. This internship will be with professionals who are in career areas relating to majors in the department and may be pursued abroad. The student is responsible for arranging their internship. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 semester hours. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. Goal 1A

BIOL3420 Human Anatomy (3-2) 4 s.h.
A study of gross human anatomy utilizing charts, three dimensional models, computer simulations, and dissection of mammalian animals. The course will discuss regional and surface anatomy to establish the relationships of the various organ systems of the body. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL1400 or BIOL2100. Goal 1A

BIOL3440 Human Physiology (3-2) 4 s.h.
A systems oriented study of the function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system levels with an emphasis on medical physiology. Laboratory includes computer simulations and use of Biopac equipment. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL3420 (grade of C or better strongly recommended) and one semester of chemistry. Goal 1A

BIOL4310 Biochemistry (also CHEM4310) (3-3) 4 s.h.
An introduction to biologically important molecules and metabolic pathways and the laboratory techniques used to study and characterize them. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 and BIOL2100. Goal 1A

+ BIOL4450 Cell Biology (3-3) 4 s.h.
Investigation of the fine structures and functions of the cell and its parts. Includes an in-depth study of: 1) the regulatory mechanisms involved in cellular processes, such as transport of material, cell division, metabolism, signal transduction and apoptosis and 2) the fine structures, such as the different eukaryotic organelles, cytoskeleton, and prokaryotic appendages. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL2100 (grade of C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

CHEM3300 Analytical Chemistry (3-3) 4 s.h.
Study of theory and practice of modern separation and analytical techniques. Includes use of electrochemical, spectrometric and chromatographic instruments. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1440/1441 with a . grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Goal 1A

+ CHEM4330 Instrumental Analysis (3-3) 4 s.h.
A study of the analysis and identification of organic compounds and mixtures by modern instrumental techniques and traditional wet chemical methods. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM3420/3421 with a grade of C or better is strongly recommended. Goal 1A

MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1510 Calculus I 3 s.h.
Limits, continuity, derivative, mean-value theorem, simple integration, fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

+ Denotes an alternate year course.