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A student pursuing a Forensic Science degree major mocks up a criminal profile on the computer

Curry College is pleased to offer students a major and minor in Forensic Science, an interdisciplinary program that blends the sciences with curriculum from criminal justice and psychology and prepares graduates for positions working as crime science or lab technicians, and specialized positions including crime scene investigation, Forensic DNA, Forensic chemistry, trace evidence, firearms examination, questioned document, fingerprints, arson, and drug analysis.

This degree is intended to provide you with a well-rounded, hands-on forensic science education in order to prepare you for entrance into a graduate-level educational program, and/or entry-level professional careers in public and private forensic laboratories, federal, state, or local government/law enforcement, military, homeland security and intelligence agencies.

Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 17% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. State and local governments are expected to hire additional forensic science technicians to process their high caseloads. Additionally, scientific and technological advances are expected to increase the availability, reliability, and usefulness of objective forensic information used as evidence in trials. As a result, forensic science technicians will be able to provide even greater value than before, and more forensic science technicians will be needed to provide timely forensics information to law enforcement agencies and courts.

The Forensic Science program offers hands-on training with crime scene techniques and crime laboratory methodologies, simulated crime scene projects, and courses taught by current and/or former professional practitioners from various agencies and laboratories.

Course Requirements and Information

Grade Minimum: Forensic Science majors must earn a minimum grade of C- in all science pre-requisite and requisite courses.

Prerequisites:

BIOL 1055 Introduction to Organisms
(includes Laboratory)
4
BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells
(includes Laboratory)
4
CHEM 1010, 1110 Introductory Chemistry I, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 1020, 1120 Introductory Chemistry II, with Laboratory 4
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Requirements for the Forensic Science major:

FSC 1700 Forensic Photography 3
FSC 2700 Forensic Science I (includes Laboratory) 4
FSC 2710 Forensic Science II (includes laboratory) 4
FSC 3700 Forensic Science Case Investigations 3
FSC 4010 Independent Research in Forensic Science I 3
FSC 4010 Independent Research in Forensic Science II 3
BIOL 2015 Microbiology for Science majors
(includes Laboratory)
4
BIOL 2100 Genetics (includes Laboratory) 4
CHEM 2030, 2130 Analytical Chemistry, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 2510, 2610 Organic Chemistry I, with Laboratory 4
CHEM 2520, 2620 Organic Chemistry II, with Laboratory 4
PHYS 2010 Physics I (includes Laboratory) 4
PHYS 2020 Physics II (includes Laboratory) 4
MATH 1150 Statistics I 3
MATH 2130 Calculus I 3
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    Requirements in Related Areas:

    CJ 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    CJ 2018 Ethics and Law Enforcement 3
    CJ 2030 Criminal Procedure 3
    PSY 1030 Introduction to Psychology 3
    PSY 2310 Psychology of Criminal Behavior 3
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    Requirements for the Forensic Science Minor:

    BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells
    (includes Laboratory)
    4
    or
    BIOL 1075, 1175 Anatomy & Physiology I, with Laboratory
    CHEM 1010, 1110 Introductory Chemistry I, with Laboratory 4
    or
    CHEM 1001, 1002 Chemical Concepts, with Laboratory
    CJ 1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    PSY 1030 Introduction to Psychology 3
    FSC 2700 Forensic Science I (includes Laboratory) 4
    FSC 2710 Forensic Science II (includes laboratory) 4
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    Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science students will:

    1. Possess the fundamental concepts, theories, and principles in the physical and biological sciences;
    2. Have developed hands-on laboratory and practical research skills, including emphasizing the role of quality assurance and objectivity in scientific data collection and how these relate to the system of professional ethics in science;
    3. Hold a solid, specialized and general science background in chemistry and other sciences appropriate to an applied forensic science degree;
    4. Have developed a strong understanding of the criminal justice system and legal applications of science; and
    5. Demonstrate and develop analytical and critical thinking skills applicable to the physical sciences and criminal justice systems.
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