Curriculum in Forensic Biology

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Freshman Fall Semester Freshman Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
23-101 General Biology I 4 23-102 General Biology II 4
24-101 General and Analytical Chem. I 4 24-102 General and Analytical Chem. II 4
01-101 English Composition I 3 01-102 English Composition II 3
36-201 General Psychology
(Social Science)
3 25-122 Trigonometry 3
23-191 University Seminar I 1 23-192 University Seminar II 1
      23-194 Intro. to Biology Professions 1
Total Credits
Total Credits
Sophomore Fall Semester Sophomore Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
23-215 Cell Biology 4 23-210 Genetics* 4
24-301 Organic Chemistry I 4 24-302 Organic Chemistry II 4
16-100 Fitness and Wellness 2 37-104 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
23-261 Calculus for Life Sciences 4 23-321 Biostatistics 3
23-225 Survey of Forensic Science 3 23-255 Forensic/Investigative Biol. Lab 3
Total Credits
Total Credits
Junior Fall Semester Junior Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
23-310 Molecular Biology* 4 23-355 Forensic DNA Analysis 4
Ethics course (Humanities) 3 23-370 Human Anatomy 4
  Literature 3 31-395 Global Societies 3
23-307 Principles of Physiology 4 01-200 Speech 3
05-425 Advanced Photography (Art) 3      
Total Credits
Total Credits
Research of Forensic Science Internship
Senior Fall Semester Senior Spring Semester
Course Course Name Cr Course Course Name Cr
26-211 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 26-212 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
30-466 Toxicology OR   24-403 Biochemistry OR  
24-562 Chemical Toxicology 4 23-422 Biochemical Mechanisms 4
24-202 Forensic Chemistry 4 37-313 Courts and Criminal Justice 3
23-4xx Senior Research (Capstone I)** 2   History 3
Total Credits
Total Credits

Total Credits: 124

** Senior Capstone
*   Writing Intensive Course(s)

BIOLOGY ELECTIVES:  The BS in Forensic Biology is a very specialized curriculum.  Students must follow curriculum carefully.  Electives can be taken from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics as needed.  These should be requested and selected in consultation with your advisor, and approved by the Forensic Biology Committee.  If you are intending to obtain a post-graduate professional degree in Forensics, it is advisable for the student to check possible school requirements during their Junior year to ensure that satisfy expectations of their intended school choices.

If you change to the BS in Biology and other curriculum Tracks note that acceptance of forensic curriculum courses that are not in that tract must be approved by your advisor and the Chair in writing and at the time of your change.  The other tracts are designed for the intended career goal, including anticipation of entrance examinations, so students should adhere to the suggested sequence.

REQUIREMENTS:  Students can not take either 23-210 or 23-215 without first passing both 23-101 and 23-102 with a grade of "C" or better.  In order for a student to take any 300 or 400 level Biology Department course, they must also pass both 23-210 and 23-215 with a "C" or better.  These grade requirements take precedence over, and supersede any lesser specific prerequisites of all 300 or 400 level Biology electives.

SPECIAL NOTES:    For all programs and tracks, a grade of “C” or better is required for all Biology and required Forensic courses (not bolded).     For the Cell/Molecular/Biotechnology and for the Health Professions tracks, a grade of “C” or better is also required in all CMNST courses.
All Biology majors must complete an independent research project.  Those who have completed a research project with a biology faculty member (e.g. 23-301 for credit, or via a paid stipend) prior to the beginning of their senior year, and especially if the project was an internship at another institution, the student must present their data to their advisor in order to be exempted from the required Senior Capstone I course.  If they have not completed a research project, or their internship is inadequate, then they must register for 23-451or 452 to complete a Capstone research project.

If you take, 23-422 instead of 24-403, then you will need to take another Chemistry course if you want a minor in Chemistry – Instrumental Analysis (24-306) with lab is suggested.

All Biology majors are required to successfully complete Senior Seminar (Capstone II, 23-499), no exceptions can be made.

General Note:  The minimum University requirement for graduation is 121 hours; in Biology you will usually complete between 121-125 hours depending on selections.