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Forensic Biochemistry Major
This major is designed to prepare students for a career in the field of forensic science. It provides the science background required for working as a forensic investigator in a crime lab. In addition, it prepares students for entry into a graduate program in forensic science. The forensic biochemistry curriculum includes courses from multiple departments and is the credit-hour equivalent of a major plus a minor, therefore no additional minor is required. Students who are interested in pursuing this degree should have a strong background in science, including two years of high school algebra and one year of high school chemistry. The capstone course for this major, CH 440, is offered every other year, therefore students should consult with their adviser early in their program to ensure that they are prepared to take CH 440 when it is offered.

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Total Credits Required for Degree 128

Liberal Studies 30-40
Health Promotion Requirements 2

Required Courses in Major 33

Other Required Courses 48
     BI 303 General Microbiology (5 cr.)
     PH 201 College Physics I (5 cr.) [III]
     PH 202 College Physics II (5 cr.) [III]

Electives 17
Choose from the following: 
(Must include a minimum of 5 cr. in chemistry at the 300-level or above.) 
         BI 202 Human Physiology (5 cr.)

Note:  Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in biochemistry or chemistry should take MA 163, CH 342, CH 452 and CH 454 or MA 163, CH 341, CH 342 and CH 415, respectively.

This major does not require a minor.