Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and Investigation

For more information about forensic science, email forensicscience@MiamiOH.edu and for information about forensic investigation email forensicinvestigation@MiamiOH.edu or contact any member of the Justice and Community Studies faculty.

Forensics is the application of science in law. More specifically forensics is the methodical gathering and analysis of evidence to be used in legal proceedings. The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and Investigation has two majors, Forensic Science and Forensic Investigation. The Forensic Science major is interdisciplinary with courses drawn from the natural sciences, criminal justice, and other disciplines. The Forensic Science major is designed to prepare students to work as criminalists, crime scene technicians, and in crime, drug, and other laboratory settings. The Forensic Investigation major is also interdisciplinary with courses in criminal justice, computer information technology, global information systems, anthropology, and other disciplines. The Forensic Investigation major is intended to prepare students for policing and investigative occupations. 

Advancing analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, oral and written communication, technology, quantitative literacy, ethics, application of learning in the field, civic learning, and an appreciation of diversity and of the increasingly global world are core objectives of the degree. The goal is to graduate students who possess the knowledge, experiences, and skills needed to lead a meaningful, reflective life, who will be productive and contributing citizens, who will be successful in their forensic and criminal justice careers, and who will be life-long learners.

Program Requirements

Forensic Science

In addition to the general education requirements, the Miami Plan for Liberal Education, students in the forensic science major will complete 46 hours of natural science courses, 16 hours of criminal justice courses, 15 hours of other required courses, and three additional courses of the student’s choice. The courses required to reach the 128 hours minimum are electives of the student’s choice.

Criminal Justice Core courses
CJS 101Introduction to the Criminal Justice Studies3
CJS 231Law and Individual Rights3
CJS 235Forensic Science Survey3
CJS 272Forensic and Crime Scene Evidence3
CJS 411/CJS 511Evidence Law and Expert Testimony3
Natural Science Core courses
BIO 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
BIO 342Genetics3
BIO 364Molecular Techniques2
CHM 141
CHM 144
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
5
or CHM 141R College Chemistry
CHM 142
CHM 145
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHM 241
CHM 244
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHM 242
CHM 245
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHM 363
CHM 364
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
5
MBI 201General Microbiology4
PHY 161Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I4
PHY 162Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II4
Additional Required Courses
CJS 282Writing in Criminal Justice3
or ENG 215 Workplace Writing
or ENG 313 Technical Writing
MTH 125Precalculus5
or MTH 151 Calculus I
STA 261Statistics4
STC 135Principles of Public Speaking3
Specialized Electives
Select three of the following:8-14
Introduction to Archaeological Theory and Methods
Foundations of Biological Anthropology
Field Methods in Archaeology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Cell Biology
Outlines of Biochemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Topics in Physical Chemistry (maximum 12)
Forensic Trace Analysis
Forensic Trace Analysis Laboratory
Designing and Deploying Secure Enterprise Networks
Molecular and Cell Biology
Total Credit Hours84-90

Forensic Investigation

In addition to the general education requirements, the Miami Plan for Liberal Education, students in the forensic investigation major will complete 63 hours in the major and two additional courses of the student's choice. The courses required to reach the 128 hours minimum are electives of the student's choice.

Criminal Justice Core courses
CJS 101Introduction to the Criminal Justice Studies3
CJS 125Law and the Courts3
CJS 211Law Enforcement3
CJS 231Law and Individual Rights3
CJS 232Criminal Defense and Adjudication3
CJS 235Forensic Science Survey3
CJS 271Criminal Behavior3
or SOC 352 Criminology
CJS 272Forensic and Crime Scene Evidence3
CJS 411/CJS 511Evidence Law and Expert Testimony3
CJS 461Applied Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
Additional Required Courses
ATH 212Introduction to Archaeological Theory and Methods4
CHM 121Introduction to Forensic Chemistry4
CIT 154Personal Computer Concepts and Applications3
or CMR 181 Computers and Business
CIT 262Technology, Ethics, and Global Society3
CIT 358Information Technology Assurance and Security3
GEO 441/GEO 541Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 442/GEO 542Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 445/GEO 545Geographic Information Systems for Criminal Justice3
STA 261Statistics4
Forensic Investigation Electives
Select at least two of the following:6-8
The History of Photography
Field Methods in Archaeology
Genetics
Criminal Justice Field Experience
Police Organization, Administration, and Management
Homeland Security and Critical Incident Management
Criminal Justice Administration
Race and Criminal Justice
Comparative Justice Systems
Mapping a Changing World
Aerial Photo Interpretation
U.S. National Security Policy
Social Problems
Social Deviance
Total Credit Hours66-68