Forensic Science

At RWU, our rigorous interdisciplinary Forensic Science program pairs legal courses with a strong scientific background in either biology or chemistry to teach you about the crucial role forensic science plays in criminal justice. You’ll learn how to examine, analyze and testify about physical evidence, which will prepare you for a career as a forensic science technician in a laboratory, hospital, university, medical examiner’s office or police department.

Degree Requirements

The Forensic Science Major

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Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science must satisfy the University Core Curriculum and Interdisciplinary Core requirements, the required major courses based on track selection (biology or chemistry), a 2 semester math sequence, and a sufficient number of electives to total at least 120 credit hours.

Biology Track

Requirements in the Major

(Students in this track cannot declare a double major, minor or core concentration in Biology)

SubjectNumberTitle
BIO 103/L & BIO 104/LBiology I & II and Labs
BIO200Genetics and Lab
BIO 215/L & BIO 216/LHuman Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Labs
BIO230Microbiology and Lab
BIO340Biotechnology and Lab
CHEM 191/L & CHEM 192/LPrinciples of Chemistry I & II and Labs
PHYS 109/L & PHYS 110/LPhysics I & II and Labs
CJS105Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJS210Law of Evidence
CJS320Criminal and Civil Procedure in the Courts
CJS405Criminal Investigations
NATSC226Forensic Science and Lab
and
A minimum of five (5) Forensic Science Electives which may include FSI 430 – Special Topics in Forensic Science

Requirements in Other Departments

SubjectNumberTitle
Select one (1) of the following statistics courses:
MATH 124 or MATH 207 or MATH 315
and
MATH 213/LabCalculus I and Lab

Chemistry Track

(Students in this track cannot take CHEM 450 as the CHEM elective)

(Students in this track cannot minor in Chemistry or double major with the B.A. in Chemistry or the B.A. in Environmental Chemistry)

SubjectNumberTitle
CHEM 191/L & CHEM 192/LPrinciples of Chemistry I & II and Labs
CHEM 301/L & CHEM 302/LOrganic Chemistry I & II and Labs
CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
CHEM390Biochemistry and Lab
CHEMElective 
PHYS 109/L & PHYS 110/LPhysics I & II and Labs
BIO103/LBiology I and Lab
CJS105Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJS210Law of Evidence
CJS320Criminal and Civil Procedure in the Courts
CJS405Criminal Investigations
NATSC226Forensic Science and Lab
and
a minimum of five (5) Forensic Science Electives which may include FSI 430 – Special Topics in Forensic Science

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.