Forensic Science, Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)
The Forensic Science degree program at EKU is a comprehensive science-based undergraduate education that prepares students to become leaders in the forensic science discipline. Forensic analytical work requires patience and diligence, with attention to detail and high-quality standards that will stand up in court. A forensic scientist must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, have personal integrity and high ethical standards, and have no history of drug abuse or criminal activity. Because the program provides a strong knowledge base and skill set in both molecular biology and analytical chemistry, graduates can also pursue careers in a variety of laboratory settings in industry, academic research labs, environmental work, or pharmaceutical science.
The program offers two options:
- Forensic Chemistry and
- Forensic Biology.
The Forensic Chemistry option of the Forensic Science degree prepares analysts to use analytical chemistry to examine evidence in the crime laboratory. Forensic Chemistry graduates will typically work in trace evidence, toxicology, drug identification, or firearm sections of the crime laboratory. The Forensic Biology option of the Forensic Science degree prepares students to work in areas of a forensic laboratory requiring a knowledge of genetics, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry. The forensic biologist applies scientific knowledge and skills to solve complex real-life problems in DNA analysis in support of investigative work. Forensic Biology graduates will typically work in the DNA/serology sections of the forensic laboratory.
All forensic science majors utilize the regular admission policy of the University for students taking courses offered during the first 60 earned hours of the program. In order to continue in the program after 60 earned hours, the student must maintain an overall earned GPA of 2.50 or better on a 4.0 scale. Students who fail to meet this criterion will be removed from the Forensic Science degree program and placed in the B.S. Chemistry, Chemistry Option, degree program.
CIP Code: 40.0510
Summary Checklist for General Education
|A: Written Communication||3|
|B: Written Communication||3|
|C: Oral Communication||3|
|A: Historical Science||3|
|B: Social Behavioral Science||3|
|Diversity of Perspectives Experiences||6|
Students are expected to complete Elements 1 and 2 within their first 60 hours of college credit.
- Forensic science majors have a graduation requirement of an overall earned GPA of 2.5/4.0 or better.
- The curriculum below produces a degree that meets the guidelines for accreditation by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).
|University Graduation Requirements|
|Student Success Seminar|
|SCO 100C||Student Success Seminar in Chemistry (waived for transfers with 30+ hrs.)||1|
|Upper division courses (42 hrs. distributed throughout Major/Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives categories)|
and General Chemistry Lab I
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Lab
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
|CHE 430||Biochemistry of Macromolecules||3|
|FOR 301||Introduction to Forensic Science||3|
|FOR 401||Forensic Professional Practice||1|
|FOR 431||DNA Profiling||3|
|Forensic Microscopic Analysis|
and Forensic Microscopy Lab
|FOR 465W||Expert Witness Testimony||3|
|FOR 499||Forensic Science Capstone||3|
|Students must select one of the following Concentrations:|
|Supporting Course Requirements|
|Cell and Molecular Biology (Element 4) G|
|BIO 112||Ecology and Evolution||4|
|Calculus I (C or better) (Element 2) G|
|College Physics I (Element 4) G|
or PHY 201
|University Physics I|
|PHY 132||College Physics II||5|
|or PHY 202||University Physics II|
|STA 215||Introduction to Statistical Reasoning||3-4|
|or STA 270||Applied Statistics|
|Choose from 8-9 hours of free electives||8-9|
Course also satisfies a General Education element. Hours are included within the 36 hr. General Education requirement above.
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
|CHE 520||Mass Spectrometry||3|
|CHE 570||Biophysical Chemistry I||4|
|Choose from one of the following:||4|
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
and Forensic Instrumental Lab
|Forensic Trace Evidence|
and Forensic Trace Evidence Lab
|Forensic Toxicology & Drugs|
and Drugs & Toxicology Lab
|Choose from four hours of the following:||4|
|Applied Learning in Chemistry 1|
|Applied Learning in Chemistry (A-N) 1|
|Training for Forensic Internships|
|Bloodstain Pattern Analysis|
|DNA Profiling Lab|
|Applied Learning in Forensic Science (highly recommended) 1|
|DNA Profiling Lab|
|Selected Topics in Forensic Science|
|Introduction to Research|
|Fire Arson and Explosion Investigation|
The internship (FOR 349 Applied Learning in Forensic Science) in a forensic science laboratory is an elective but highly recommended. Students interested in internship must complete FOR 310 Training for Forensic Internships Training for Forensic Internship before FOR 349 Applied Learning in Forensic Science.