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Forensic Science - Forensic Laboratory Emphasis, B.S.

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

General Education Requirements: 39 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 1050 College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors) (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (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 PES 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) 2
and COMM 1020 Public Speaking Lab (recommended for Humanities Distribution) 1
  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 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
  CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
  FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
  FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices 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: 33 Credits
  MATH 1060 Trigonometry 3
  MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
  STAT 2040 Principles of Statistics 4
  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
Emphasis Electives: 14 Credits
Complete 14 credits from the following 14
  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 126 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
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life OR Personal Health and Wellness 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 3
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 College Algebra OR College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
BIOL 1610 & BIOL 1615 College Biology I and Laboratory 5
CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1210  & CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 5
COMM 1020 and COMM 1025 Public Speaking and Public Speaking Lab 3
CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
MATH 1060 Trigonometry 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 5
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
  Semester total: 16
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
FSCI 3700 Fingerprint Processing 3
FSCI Elective Forensic Science Elective 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2010 & PHYS 2015 College Physics I and Lab 5
FSCI 3540 Forensic Trace Analysis I 3
FSCI Elective Forensic Science Elective 3
FSCI Elective Forensic Science Elective 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2020 & PHYS 2025 College Physics II and Lab 5
CHEM 3000 & 3005 Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory 4
FSCI Elective  Forensic Science Elective 3
FSCI 3860 Forensic Microscopy 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 9 Course Title Credit Hours
FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices 3
FSCI Elective Forensic Science Elective 2
CHEM 4000  Instrumental Analysis WE 2
CHEM 4005  Instrumental Analysis Lab 2
  Semester total: 9
  Degree total: 126

Department

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