Forensic Biochemistry Major
This major prepares 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.
Only those chemistry courses passed with a grade of “C-” or better apply to the forensic biochemistry major.
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- Total Credits Required for Degree120
- General Education30-40
- Required Courses in Major33
- Required Program Electives21
- Choose from the following:
- (Must include a minimum of 5 credits in chemistry at the 300-level or above.)
- BI 406 Advanced Cell Biology (4 cr.)
- BI 418 Molecular Biology (4 cr.)
- BI 424 Entomology (4 cr.)
- BI 426 Human Histology (4 cr.)
- CH 215 Chemistry of the Elements (4 cr.)
- CH 341 Physical Chemistry I (4 cr.)
- CH 342 Physical Chemistry II (4 cr.)
- CH 415 Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr.)
- CH 436 Modern Spectroscopy (3 cr.)
- CH 437 Atomic Spectrometry (1 cr.)
- CH 452 Biochemistry II (4 cr.)
- CH 454 Biochemical Techniques (4 cr.)
- CH 490 Senior Research and Seminar I (2-4 cr.)
- CH 491 Senior Research and Seminar II (2-4 cr.)
- CH 499 Forensic Laboratory Internship (1-4 cr.)
- CJ 315 Criminal Procedure (4 cr.)
- MA 163 Calculus II (4 cr.)
- Other Required Courses41
- BI 303 General Microbiology (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.