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    Feb 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology with a concentration in Forensic Science, BSBIO

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The Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Forensic Science provides hands-on training for a career in forensic sciences with a focus on biology. This program is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.



Degree requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in forensic science. Foundation course requirements must be successfully completed prior to advancing to upper-division major requirements. Students must be accepted into the Forensic Science program and see the Program Director for their official degree plan.

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree as specified in the University Core Curriculum  in the Academics  section of this catalog and the College of Science degree requirements .

Major requirements

Foundation course requirements

The Foundation course requirements listed below must be completed before enrollment in 3000 and 4000 level courses required for the major.  Successful completion is based on achieving a C or better in each course and an overall 2.5 grade point average in these courses.

Biology requirements

In addition to the biology foundation courses, students must complete the following biology courses with a C or higher. Additional biology courses included in the forensic science requirements (BIOL 3331 /BIOL 4240 /BIOL 4590 /BIOL 4900 ) must also be completed with a C or higher.

Chemistry requirements

Students must complete a minor in chemistry with a minimum of 20 hours. This includes the 12 hours of chemistry foundation courses plus 8 hours completed with a grade of C or higher, as follows:

Forensic Science requirements

The following Forensic Science courses are required with a C or higher. Students are also required to complete the FSAT exam.


Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum  requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information, see an academic advisor in the College of Science.

Other requirements

Only two attempts will be allowed for each biology and biochemistry course in the degree. Grade of C or better and minimum 2.5 grade point average in Foundation courses, C or better in all upper-division courses counting towards major requirements, minimum 2.75 grade point average in math and science courses, and an overall 2.0 grade point average are required for graduation. All students seeking to enter the Department of Biological Sciences, with the exception of beginning freshmen, must meet the minimum grade point averages given above. Students in the department whose Foundation course or overall grade point average drops below the minimum for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the program.

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