Forensic Science, Forensic Investigation - Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and Investigation

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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, as crime scene technicians and as forensic scientists in various laboratory settings. The Forensic Investigation major is also interdisciplinary with courses in criminal justice, computer information technology, global information systems, the social sciences 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.

Forensic Science- Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and Investigation

Program Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements found in the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education, students in the forensic science major will complete 49 hours of natural science courses, 12 hours of criminal justice courses, 15 hours of other required courses, and 8-14 hours of specialized electives.

Criminal Justice Core courses
CJS 101Introduction to the Criminal Justice Studies3
CJS 235Forensic Science Survey3
CJS 272Forensic and Crime Scene Evidence3
CJS 411Evidence Law and Expert Testimony3
Natural Science Core courses
BIO 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
BIO 203Introduction to Cell Biology3
BIO 342Genetics3
BIO 464Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology3
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
or BSC 313 Microbial Diversity
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 EGS 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
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Theory of Electron Microscopy
Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Outlines of Biochemistry
Forensic Trace Analysis
Forensic Trace Analysis Laboratory
Instrumental Analysis
Topics in Analytical Chemistry (maximum 12)
Molecular and Cell Biology
Immunology Principles and Practice
Total Credit Hours85-91

Forensic Investigation- Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and Investigation

Program Requirements

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 124 hours minimum are electives of the student's choice. Students majoring in forensic investigation are not permitted to double major in criminal justice.

Criminal Justice Core courses
CJS 101Introduction to the Criminal Justice Studies3
CJS 125Law and the Courts3
CJS 211Policing in America3
CJS 231Criminal Procedure3
CJS 232Criminal Law3
CJS 235Forensic Science Survey3
CJS 271Introduction to Criminal Behavior3
or SOC 352 Criminology
CJS 272Forensic and Crime Scene Evidence3
CJS 411Evidence 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 441Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 442Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 445Geographic 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