BS in Forensic Sciences

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program, and the requirements of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students in the BS in forensic sciences program must take the following courses:

Course Title Hours
Required Courses
CJ 191Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CHEM 211General Chemistry I5
CHEM 212General Chemistry II5
CHEM 531Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM 532Organic Chemistry II5
CHEM 523Analytical Chemistry4
CHEM 524Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis4
CHEM 661Principles of Biochemistry3
BIOL 210General Biology I4
BIOL 211General Biology II4
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology5
BIOL 330General Microbiology5
BIOL 419Genetics4
BIOL 420Molecular Cell Biology4
ANTH 101
ANTH 106
Biological Anthropology
and Biological Anthropology Lab
ANTH 557Human Osteology3
ANTH 600Forensic Anthropology3
STAT 370Elementary Statistics3
CJ 315Criminal Law3
CJ 420Criminal Evidence: Mock Trials3
FS 298An Introduction to Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation3
FS 450Forensic Identification of Marijuana1
FS 451Forensic Identification of Narcotics and Other Illicit Substances1
FS 452Forensic Toxicology Alcohol1
FS 453Forensic Serology1
FS 454Fingerprint Development and Analysis1
FS 455Forensic Arson Analysis1
FS 499Seminar in Forensic Sciences Techniques II3
Select electives sufficient to meet the 120 credit hours required for the program
Total Credit Hours91

Applied Learning 

Students in the BS in forensic sciences program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from this program. The requirement can be met by successfully completing  FS 499.

The curriculum, which is made up of all core courses in the hard sciences, requires students to participate hands on in labs, classroom experiments, etc., culminating in the Seminar in Forensic Science Techniques II, enabling each major to receive a great deal of experiential learning prior to graduating.