Forensic and Investigative Sciences - BS, Pre-Law Emphasis

Forensic and Investigative Sciences, an accredited program by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), is a major offered by the Department of Entomology and is a growing area of interest for students seeking to gain entry into careers that deal with the collection, preservation, processing and use of evidentiary information to solve problems. A life sciences-based education, which develops skills in problem solving and critical thinking, is essential for career opportunities in this field. Forensic and investigative scientists rely upon state-of-the-art scientific discoveries and technologies as tools to seek answers to critical questions in a variety of settings. Molecular, organismal, environmental, and ecological sources of information are often analyzed and interpreted in industrial, regulatory, legal, medical and associated professions. Graduates will be competitive for employment opportunities in quality assurance laboratories, homeland security and investigative services at local, state and national levels. Graduates will also be well prepared for opportunities to enter post-graduate studies or professional schools including medicine, law, and veterinary medicine.

Interactions with and among plants, animals and microbes occur regularly. These interactions impact public and environmental health and require life science-based forensic and investigative science to improve the quality of life. Homeland security, criminal investigation, environmental quality, agricultural and public health offer careers for students with forensic and investigative skills. Students can also pursue avenues to forensic careers through degree programs in specialty areas such as chemistry, anthropology, physics, computer science and business.

Forensic and investigative sciences also operate at the crossroads of science and the legal profession, and provide opportunities for students to consider pre-law preparation. There are growing demands for attorneys with knowledge and understanding of science and research to address legal issues and cases where the interpretation of science and/or scientific data and analyses are pivotal. Law schools often seek candidates with diverse backgrounds and interests, and they look closely at curricula that stress analytical and problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, general research skills, and task organization and management skills. The Forensic and Investigative Sciences program provides students with opportunities to build these essential skills and knowledge areas through a combination of required and elective courses.

The Forensic and Investigative Sciences program requires students to earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program curriculum.

Forensic and Investigative Sciences Core Requirements
FIVS 205Introduction to Forensic and Investigative Sciences3
FIVS 308Forensic Implications of Inheritance4
FIVS 316Biotechnology and Forensics4
FIVS 401/SCSC 401Forensic Soil Science3
FIVS 415Practice and Principles of Science and Law3
FIVS 422Crime Scene Investigation2
FIVS 431/ENTO 431The Science of Forensic Entomology3
FIVS 432/ENTO 432Applied Forensic Entomology1
FIVS 435Case Studies in Problem Solving 13
FIVS 481Seminar 11
FIVS 482Occupational and Professional Development2
FIVS 484Professional Internship2
or FIVS 491   or Research 
Natural Science Core Requirements
BIOL 111
BIOL 112
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology II
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 222Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry3
Select one of the following:3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
Finite Mathematics
Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II
Select one of the following:3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus
Business Calculus
Introduction to Logic
PHYS 201
PHYS 202
College Physics
and College Physics
STAT 303Statistical Methods3
Life Science Core Requirements
AGLS 101Modern Agricultural Systems and Renewable Natural Resources1
BICH 303Elements of Biological Chemistry3
Directed Electives
Category 1
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Agricultural Economics
Food and Agricultural Sales
Food and Agricultural Law
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Agricultural Policy
Principles of Economics
Applied Microeconomic Theory
Microeconomic Theory
Law and Economics
Natural Resources Policy
Business, Government and Society
Business Law
Law and Legislation
Law, Politics and Policy 2
Psychology of Adjustment
Sociology of Deviance
Social Problems
Urban Issues
Policy Implementation
Emergency Management Principles and Practices
Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration
Category 2
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Leadership Theory
Public Speaking
Argumentation and Debate
Theories of Communication
Communication and Conflict
Conflict and Negotiation
Forensic Psychology
Category 3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Leadership
Personal Leadership Education
Applied Ethics in Leadership
Leading Change
Latent Print Processing
Law and Society in the United States
Contemporary Moral Issues
Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Environmental Ethics
Military Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Medical Ethics
Environmental Impact Assessment
Sociology of Law
Additional 10 hours from any of the three categories of directed electives10
University Core Curriculum Requirements
American history6
Government/Political science6
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy and culture elective3
Social and behaviorial science3
General Elective Requirement
General elective3
Total Semester Credit Hours120

The Forensic and Investigative Sciences program requires students to earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program curriculum.