B.S. Forensic Science

124 Credit Hours Beginning Fall 2020, Catalog Year 2021

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First Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
ENG 111 English Composition 3
CHM 141 College Chemistry I 3-4
CHM 144 College Chemistry I Lab 2
CJS 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
BIO 116 Biological Concepts 4

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-16

First Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
CHM 142 College Chemistry II 3
CHM 145 College Chemistry II Lab 2
STC 135 Principles of Public Speaking 3
MTH 151 Calculus Or MTH 125 Pre-Calculus 5
MPF IIB Humanities 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 16

MPF IIB Humanities

Recommended course options

  • MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music
    An investigation of music as it exists in diverse areas around the world. The approach will be ethnomusicological, best defined as an exploration of music and its relationship to human culture.
  • HST 111/112-Survey of American History
    Survey of the interplay of forces that have brought about evolutionary development of American economic, cultural, and political history from 1492 to the Era of Reconstruction, 1877. A functional and synoptic treatment of America's great historical problems.
Second Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
CHM 241 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 244 Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
PHY 161 Physics for Life Sciences I 4
CJS 235 Forensic Science Survey 3
MPF III Global Perspectives 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

MPF III Global Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity
    Application of human geography concepts to patterns and processes of economic, political, and cultural changes at global, regional and local scales.
  • IDS 159 Strength Through Cultural Diversity
    A primary goal of this course is to facilitate students' abilities to build their cultural competencies and their abilities to work toward a socially just and inclusive world by providing the conceptual tools and vocabulary to think about, discuss and experience diversity. Topics covered include multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination, privilege, the impacts of social and cultural change, and the engagement of students in the global community.
  • SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context (online only)
    Designed to develop the sociological imagination - an imagination that allows students to place themselves in a larger, ever-changing global world. Serves as a prerequisite for upper level sociology courses and as an entry course for the Sociology major, Sociology minors and thematic sequences.
  • ATH 175 Peoples of the World
    Provides an appreciation of human cultural, social, and linguistic variation around the world and through time. Develops anthropological and ethnographic approaches to understanding cultural differences and similarities in political, social and economic organization; marriage and family patterns; environment and beliefs systems; and other aspects of globalized human cultural life.
Second Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
CHM 242 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 245 Organic Chemistry II Lab 2
PHY 162 Physics for Life Sciences II 4
CJS 272 Forensic & Crime Scene Evidence 3
EGS 215 Workplace Writing or ENG 313 Technical Writing 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Third Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
BIO 203 Intro to Cell Biology 3
MBI 201 General Microbiology I  4
MPF III Global Perspectives 3
MPF IIA Creative Arts 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 16

MPF IIA Creative Arts

Recommended course options

  • ART 187 Or ART 188 History of Western Art
    Historical survey of Western art, including development of concepts necessary for analysis and appreciation of great works of art.
  • ART 181 Concepts in Art
    Introduction to visual and thematic concepts as applied to art in various cultures and historical periods.
Third Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
BIO 342 Genetics 3
BIO 364 Molecular Techniques or BIO 464 Lab in Cell & Molecular Biology 2-3
STA 261 Statistics 4
MP-IP Intercultural Perspectives 3
MAJOR Forensic Specialty Elective 3-4

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-17

MP-IP Intercultural Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • FSW 206 Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups
    Critical analysis of historical and current interactions of social welfare policies, programs, and services with diverse recipient populations. Attention given to contexts in which social welfare has been developed and provided.
  • WGS 201 Intro to Women's Studies
    Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of women which focuses on determinants and expressions of women's roles.
Fourth Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
CHM 363 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM 364 Analytical Chemistry Lab 2
CJS 411 Law & Expert Testimony 3
MAJOR Forensic Speciality Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 14-15

Fourth Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
CAPSTONE Choice - rec'd CJS, CHM or BIO 3
MAJOR Forensic Specialty Elective 3
MAJOR Forensic Specialty Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-18

Abbreviation Key

MP-EL = Experiential Learning

MPF I = English Composition

MPF IIC = Social Science

MPF V = Mathematics, Formal Reasoning, Technology

MPT = Thematic Sequence

MP-AW = Advanced Writing

MPF = Global Miami Plan Foundation

MPF IIB = Humanities

MPF IV = Natural Science

MP-IP = Intercultural Perspectives

MPF IIA = Creative Arts

MPF III = Global Perspectives