B.S. Forensic Science

124 Credit Hours Beginning Fall 2020, Catalog Year 2021

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Upper-level science courses may only be offered on a biennial basis. Consult an academic advisor about availability, scheduling and planning your course of study.

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

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

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

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

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