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Forensic Science - Forensic Laboratory Emphasis, B.S.

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Requirements

The Forensic Laboratory Emphasis within the BS in Forensic Science will provide students with a comprehensive science-based undergraduate education, which enables students to enter into a forensic science career. This emphasis will provide the necessary technical and theoretical knowledge, skills, and abilities of modern forensic techniques. Students will employ the theoretical and practical principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics in order to perform forensic science work commonly conducted within a crime laboratory. Science-based study and application of these principles will expose students to a stimulating academic environment conducive to scholarly inquiry. Students will gain the knowledge and ability for research-based projects and for potential improvement of the forensic community. Throughout this program, students will utilize effective written and oral communication skills required of forensic experts, as well as demonstrate work ethic, professional demeanor, reliability, and proper interpersonal skills. 

Total Program Credits: 126

Matriculaton Requirements:  
  1. Completion of all general education courses.
  2. Completion of all lower division CJ courses with a B- grade or higher.
  3. Completion of MATH 1080 (or MATH 1050 and MATH 1060), BIOL 1610, BIOL 1615, CHEM 1210, CHEM 1215, CHEM 1220, 1225, PHYS 2010, PHYS 2015 with aB- grade or higher.
  4. Overall GPA of 2.7 or higher.
  5. Interview with forensic science faculty member.
General Education Requirements: 40 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5.0)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following: 4
  MATH 1080 Precalculus QL (MATH 1050 and MATH 1060 will also fulfill this requirement)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or EXSC 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  BIOL 1610 College Biology I 4
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
  COMM 1020 Public Speaking (recommended for Humanities Distribution) 3
  ART 1050 Photography I (recommended for Fine Arts Distribution) 3
  CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 40 Credits
Forensic Science Foundational Courses:  
  CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
  CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
  FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
  FSCI 3880 Forensic Experts/Professional Practices and the Legal System 3
  BIOL 1615 College Biology I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I 4
  PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab 1
  PHYS 2020 College Physics II 4
  PHYS 2025 College Physics II Lab 1
  FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Processing 3
  FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I WE 3
  FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy 3
Emphasis Requirements: 51 Credits
  MATH 1210 Calculus I QL (Requires MATH 1080 or MATH 1050 & MATH 1060) 5
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  BIOL 1620 College Biology II 3
  BIOL 1625 College Biology II Laboratory 1
  BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
  BIOL 3600 Biological Chemistry 3
  BIOL 3605 Biological Chemistry Lab 1
  CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
  CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  CHEM 2320 Organic Chemistry II 4
  CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  CHEM 3000 Analytical Chemistry 2
  CHEM 3005 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
  CHEM 4000 Instrumental Analysis WE 2
  CHEM 4005
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 2
  FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I 3
  FSCI 3550 Forensic Trace Analysis II  
  FSCI 443R Directed Research in Forensic Science 3
or FSCI 481R Forensic Science Internship  
Emphasis Electives: 5 Credits
Complete 5 credits from the following 5
  FSCI 3300 Forensic Photography (3.0)  
  FSCI 3500 Footwear and Tire Mark Evidence and Examination (3.0)  
  FSCI 3550 Forensic Trace Analysis II(3.0)  
  FSCI 3600 Forensic Anthropology I (3.0)  
  FSCI 3720 Fingerprint Examination (3.0)  
  FSCI 3780 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (3.0)  
  FSCI 3830 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques II We (3.0)  
  FSCI 3850 Marijuana Identification Certificate (3.0)  
  FSCI 4000 Firearms Examination (3.0)  
  FSCI 4100 Forensic Pathology (3.0)  
  FSCI 4200 Medicolegal Death Investigations (3.0)  
  FSCI 443R Directed Research in Forensic Science (2.0)  
  FSCI 475R Current Topics in Forensic Science (3.0)  
  FSCI 481R Forensic Science Internship (1.0)  
  FSCI 491R Directed Reading and Special Projects (1.0)  
  CJ 470G Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3.0)  
  ENGL 3300 Collaborative Communication for Technology Professions (3.0)  
  CHEM 3600 Biological Chemistry (3.0)  
  CHEM 3605 Biological Chemistry Lab (1.0)  
  Any Upper Division CJ Course

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 125 or more semester credits, 40 credits of which must be upper division.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. Must have a grade of C+ or higher in CJ 1350 and FSCI 3400; must have a C- or higher in all other core and elective courses.
  4. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Writing OR Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 3
American Institutions 3 credits from Option 1 3
HLTH 1100 or EXSC 1097 Personal Health TE and Wellness or Fitness for Life TE 2
ART 1050 Photography I 3
CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
MATH 1080 Precalculus 5
BIOL 1610 & BIOL 1615 College Biology I and Laboratory 5
  Semester total: 13
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1210 & CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 5
COMM 1020  Public Speaking  3
CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 & CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 5
MATH 1210 Calculus I 4
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
  Semester total: 12
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2310 & 2315 Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory 5
FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
FSCI 3820 Crime Scene Investigation Techniques I WE 3
CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 2320 & 2325 Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory 5
STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
BIOL 1620 & BIOL 1625 College Biology II & College Biology II Lab 4
  Semester total: 13
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2010 & PHYS 2015 College Physics I and Lab 5
FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I 3
CHEM 3000 & CHEM 3005 Analytical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry Lab 4
BIOL 3500 Genetics 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2020 & PHYS 2025 College Physics II and Lab 5
FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy 3
BIOL 3600 & BIOL 3605 Biological Chemistry and Biological Chemistry Lab 4
FSCI 3550 Forensic Trace Analysis II 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 9 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3880 Forensic Experts/ Professional Practices and the Legal System 3
FSCI Elective Forensic Science Elective 2
FSCI Elective Forensic Science Elective 3

FSCI 443R or FSCI 481R

Directed Research in Forensic Science or Forensic Science Internship 3
CHEM 4000  Instrumental Analysis WE 2
CHEM 4005  Instrumental Analysis Lab 2
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 125

Department

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

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