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The Eberly College of Science
Forensic Science Recommended Academic Plans
For Grad Students

MPS in Forensic Science - Biology option

First Semester (12 credits)

  • BMB 400    (3) – Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • FRNSC 410 (2) – A Scientific Approach to Crime Scene Investigation
  • FRNSC 413 (3) – Criminalistics: Biology
  • FRNSC 415 (2) – Laboratory in Crime Scene Investigation
  • FRNSC 475 (1) – Forensic Science Seminar
  • FRNSC 894 (1) – Research Seminar

Second Semester (11 credits)

  • FRNSC 400     (1) – Courtroom Proceedings and Testimony
  • FRNSC 411     (4) – Criminalistics: Trace and Impression Evidence
  • FRNSC 421W (4) – Forensic Molecular Biology
  • FRNSC 541     (1) – Forensic Seminar Series 
  • FRNSC 894     (1) – Research Projects in Forensic Science

Third Semester (10 credits)

  • FRNSC 532 (3) – Drug Chemistry and Toxicology
  • FRNSC 561 (1) – Ethics in Forensic Science
  • FRNSC 821 (4) – Forensic Molecular Biology II
  • FRNSC 894 (2) – Research Projects in Forensic Science

Fourth Semester (10 or 11 credits)

  • FRNSC 801 (4) – Criminalistics III
  • FRNSC 894 (3) – Research Projects in Forensic Science
  • Elective            – Elective (3 or 4 credits)

FRNSC = Forensic Science; BMB = Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Sample syllabi for forensic courses are available

 

MPS in Forensic Science - Chemistry option

First Semester (13 credits)

  • CHEM 425W (4) – Chromatography and Electrochemistry
  • FRNSC 410    (2) – A Scientific Approach to Crime Scene Investigation
  • FRNSC 415    (2) – Laboratory in Crime Scene Investigation
  • FRNSC 475    (1) – Forensic Science Seminar
  • FRNSC 532    (3) – Drug Chemistry and Toxicology
  • FRNSC 894    (1) – Research Seminar

Second Semester (11 credits)

  • FRNSC 400     (1) – Courtroom Proceedings and Testimony
  • FRNSC 411     (4) – Criminalistics: Trace and Impression Evidence
  • FRNSC 427W (4) – Forensic Chemistry
  • FRNSC 541     (1) – Forensic Seminar Series 
  • FRNSC 894     (1) – Research Projects in Forensic Science

Third Semester (10 credits)

  • FRNSC 413 (3) – Criminalistics: Biology
  • FRNSC 561 (1) – Ethics in Forensic Science
  • FRNSC 831 (4) – Forensic Chemistry II
  • FRNSC 894 (2) – Research Projects in Forensic Science

Fourth Semester (10 or 11 credits)

  • FRNSC 801 (4) – Criminalistics III
  • FRNSC 894 (3) – Research Projects in Forensic Science
  • Elective            – Elective (3 or 4 credits)

CHEM = Chemistry; FRNSC = Forensic Science

Sample syllabi for forensic courses are available