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Forensic Science

Forensic Science is the application of science to answer questions of interest in the legal system.  The major is based on a core of content in the sciences, specifically chemistry, computer science and mathematics, with additional options in biology and physics. Additional content within the major includes archeology, criminal justice, fine arts, psychology and sociology. The major allows students to focus their studies in the area of Forensic Science or Computer Forensics. Both take common core courses.

Forensic Science students take three additional courses and Computer Forensic students take four additional courses.

Major requirements: Chemistry 130-131, 220, 270, 310; Criminal Justice 101, 212; Computer Science 228; Math option and Fine Arts option.

Math options

  • MA330: Mathematical Statistics (or BI345, CS204, CJ200, EC121, PY301, SO121), or
  • MA150: The Nature of Mathematics (forensics option), or
  • MA131: Calculus I 

Fine Arts options

  • FAS240: Photography I, or
  • FAS272: Digital Art & Imaging I

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Freshman English 105 Core
Chemistry 130 Chemistry 131
Criminal Justice 101 Criminal Justice 212

In the sophomore year: Forensic Science majors generally take Forensic Chemistry and Computer Forensics.  Depending on initial placement, students will complete the modern or classical language requirement.  The remainder of the schedule is filled with core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

In the junior year: Forensic Science majors generally take the Analytical Chemistry sequence, and complete their Quantitative Reasoning requirement.  Students will choose core requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major to complete the schedule.

In the senior year: Forensic Science majors generally take a Fine Arts option and any remaining major electives.  Students finish any core requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major to complete the schedule.

Major Electives


Option 1 Forensic Science (3)

  • CH250 Organic Chemistry I
  • BI108 Microbiology
  • BI346 Pharmacology
  • CJ211 Evidence
  • CL275 Archeology
  • PY205 Psychology of Addiction and Dependency
  • PY208 Psychology and Law
  • PY307 Abnormal Psychology** (requires General Psychology)                    
  • PS104 Forensic Physics
  • SO215 Criminology
  • CH431 or 432 Internship (recommended)
  • CH420-421 Research and Seminar

Option 2  Computer Forensics (4)

  • CS230 Computer Networks and Security
  • CS205 Fundamentals and Issues of Using the Internet OR
  • CS338 Internet and Web-based systems (requires CS111 Computing 1)
  • CS220 Computer Architecture and Organization OR
  • CS325 Operating Systems

AND ONE of the following

  • CS111 Computing I
  • CS220 Computer Architecture and Organization
  • CS325 Operating Systems
  • CS481 Internship