2014-2015 Catalog

Forensic Science

http://www.und.edu/dept/forensic/

Ovtchinnikov and Stubblefield (Director)

The undergraduate major in Forensic Science is designed to provide students from varied backgrounds and academic interests with a curriculum in the general forensic sciences. This curriculum will serve as a preparation for a baccalaureate-level career in criminalistics and law enforcement or as preparation for post-graduate education in the forensic sciences.

This interdisciplinary program draws on resources from the departments of Anatomy, Anthropology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, School of Communication, Criminal Justice, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religion, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology to provide students with sufficient background and baccalaureate-level preparation for several fields of the forensic sciences. To accommodate this breadth of fields and the variety of career outcomes that resolve from them, the Forensic Sciences curriculum is divided into two tracks, Evidence Technician and Evidence Analyst.

The Evidence Technician track is recommended for those interested in law enforcement careers involving evidence processing at crime scenes and only limited laboratory analysis. Students interested in acquiring a background in scientific analysis of evidence as a supplement to another major may prefer this track.

The Evidence Analyst track is recommended for those who desire a career in forensic laboratory analysis and access to careers that require similar analytical skills. Students interested in pursuing simultaneous science majors may also prefer this track. This track has a biology and molecular biology emphasis; students interested in chemistry should talk to the program director about course substitutions.

Admission requirements

Students may declare either track of the Forensic Science major at any time after admission to the University, provided that he or she has an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.2 or higher. After joining the program, a 2.2 GPA must be maintained in the major and overall. Failure to maintain the appropriate GPA for two consecutive semesters will result in dismissal from the program.

 

College of Arts and Sciences

 

B.S. with a Major in Forensic Science

Required: 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. Evidence Technician Track: the following curriculum:

69 Major Credits including:

Required Courses
ANTH 345Forensic Science3
ANTH 346Analysis of Forensic Evidence3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
CJ 201Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 210Introduction to Policing3
CJ 342Criminal Procedure3
CJ 352Criminal Investigation3
BIOL 150
  & 150L
General Biology I
   and General Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 151
  & 151L
General Biology II
   and General Biology II Laboratory
4
CHEM 121
  & CHEM 122
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry II
6
CHEM 121L
  & CHEM 122L
General Chemistry I Laboratory
   and General Chemistry II Laboratory
2
CHEM 340
  & 340L
Survey of Organic Chemistry
   and Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 333
  & 333L
Analytical Chemistry
   and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 161
  & PHYS 161L
Introductory College Physics I
   and
4
PHYS 162
  & PHYS 162L
Introductory College Physics II
   and
4
Select one of the following:3
Biometry
Sociological Statistics
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Ethics
Ethics in Engineering and Science
Ethics in Health Care
Electives9
Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Human Osteology
Forensic Anthropology Field School
Forensic Science Internship
Genetics
Forensic Biology
Systematic Botany
Entomology
Abnormal Psychology
Total Credits69

III. Evidence Analyst Track: the following curriculum:

98 Major Credits including:

Required Courses
ANTH 345Forensic Science3
ANTH 346Analysis of Forensic Evidence3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
CJ 201Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 210Introduction to Policing3
CJ 342Criminal Procedure3
CJ 352Criminal Investigation3
BIOL 150
  & 150L
General Biology I
   and General Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 151
  & 151L
General Biology II
   and General Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 315Genetics3
BIOL 320Forensic Biology3
BIOL 333Population Biology3
BIOL 410Molecular Biology Techniques4
BMB 301Biochemistry3
CHEM 121
  & 121L
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 122
  & 122L
General Chemistry II
   and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 333
  & 333L
Analytical Chemistry
   and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 341
  & 341L
Organic Chemistry I
   and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 342
  & 342L
Organic Chemistry II
   and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
5
MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
Select one of the following:3
Biometry
Sociological Statistics
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Ethics
Ethics in Engineering and Science
Ethics in Health Care
Select two of the following:8
PHYS 161
  & PHYS 161L
Introductory College Physics I
   and
PHYS 162
  & PHYS 162L
Introductory College Physics II
   and
or PHYS 211
  & PHYS 211L
College Physics I
   and
PHYS 212
  & PHYS 212L
College Physics II
   and
Electives9
Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Human Osteology
Forensic Anthropology Field School
Forensic Science Internship
Systematic Botany
Entomology
Abnormal Psychology
Immunology
Total Credits98

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