Forensic and Investigative Sciences - BS, Science 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 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 316
CHEM 318
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
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
Analytic Geometry and Calculus
PHYS 201
PHYS 202
College Physics
and College Physics
STAT 302Statistical Methods3
Life Science Core Requirements
AGLS 101Modern Agricultural Systems and Renewable Natural Resources1
BICH 410
BICH 411
Comprehensive Biochemistry I
and Comprehensive Biochemistry II
BICH 412Biochemistry Laboratory I1
Directed Electives
Select seven hours from the following:7
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Human Osteology
Human Biological Variation
Molecular Cell Biology
Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Cell Biology
Biological Imaging
Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory
Food Bacteriology
Urban Entomology
Medical Entomology
Insect Biotechnology
Insect Biotechnology Laboratory
Latent Print Processing
Population and Ecological Genetics
Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology
Food Bacteriology
Optics and Thermal Physics
Psychology of Adjustment
Abnormal Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Soil Science
Biomedical Anatomy
Biomedical Microbiology
University Core Curriculum Requirements
American History6
Government/Political science6
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy and culture elctive3
Social and behavioral 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.