Forensic Science (M.S.)
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
- An official transcript of the applicant’s undergraduate program showing successful completion of 48 credit hours of college science and mathematics courses, including the following coursework: one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry with laboratory, a course in analytical chemistry, one year of general biology (including cell biology), a course in genetics or population genetics, and a course in either molecular biology or biochemistry.
- A minimum GPA in the required chemistry and biology coursework of 2.9 (on a 4.0-point scale).
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic record.
- A written statement concerning the applicant’s academic background, future plans, and areas of research interest.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
|Required Courses (17 credit hours)|
|FOR 612||PRINCIPLES OF FORENSIC SCIENCE||3|
|FOR 614||FORENSIC APPLICATIONS OF INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS||4|
|FOR 616||MICROSCOPY IN FORENSIC SCIENCE||2|
|FOR 618||DRUG CHEMISTRY AND TOXICOLOGY||3|
|BIO/CHE 672||FORENSIC MOLECULAR BIOLOGY||4|
|CHE 698||JOURNAL SEMINAR||1|
|Approved Electives (6-9 credit hours) **|
|Choose from the following:||6|
|GRADUATE MICROCOURSE * (1-3)|
|SYMMETRY, GROUP THEORY, AND VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY (1)|
|X-RAY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY (1)|
|NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY (1)|
|MASS SPECTROMETRY (1)|
|BIOMOLECULES: PROTEINS, NUCLEIC ACIDS, AND ENZYMES|
|ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY|
|FOUNDATIONS OF CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY|
|APPLIED FORENSIC GEOSCIENCE|
|CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|Research Credit (4-8 credit hours)|
|Choose one of the following options:|
|1) Thesis Option (8 credit hours)|
|THESIS SEMINAR AND DEFENSE (2)|
|Select one research option:|
|RESEARCH THESIS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE (1-12)|
|RESEARCH THESIS IN CHEMISTRY (1-12)|
|RESEARCH THESIS IN BIOLOGY (1-6)|
|2) Project Option (4 credit hours)|
|MASTERS PROJECT (1-4)|
or CHE 690
|Note : while students can sign up for CHE 795, FOR 795, BIO 695 in anywhere from 1-12 crs, they must take a total of 6 credits for the degree.|
|Total Required Credit Hours 31|
A maximum of 3 credits of FOR 598 may be used to the satisfy the elective course requirement.
Students selecting the Thesis Option must take 6 credits of electives; students selecting the Project Option must complete 9 credits of electives.
- develop expertise in areas of scientific knowledge that are essential to forensic scientists
- acquire skills and experience in the application of basic forensic science concepts and of specialty knowledge to problem solving
- be oriented in professional values, concepts and ethics
- acquire the basic knowledge necessary for effective testimony as an expert witness
- demonstrate effective oral communication of scientific information
- demonstrate integration of knowledge and skills through a capstone experience