2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    
    Mar 25, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue

Forensic Studies, BA


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Capstone Experience Course


Not all research or internship experiences through PY 435  and SC 401  are appropriate for the forensic studies capstone requirement and thus need prior approval from the forensic studies director and appropriate department chair. Other experiences may fulfill the capstone requirement but only with the approval of the forensic studies director. Internships completed during the summer can fulfill the capstone experience, but only with prior approval of the forensic studies director and with enrollment in an approved capstone course while participating in the internship.

Forensic Studies Electives


Choose five courses from the following list of electives. At least one elective must be from a different academic division (i.e., Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Business) than the other four.

Typical Program


A typical program of study is as follows:

Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Fall Term


Spring Term


Senior Year


Fall Term


  • Ethics Core
  • Forensic Studies Elective+
  • Forensic Studies Capstone* or
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Spring Term


  • Forensic Studies Elective+
  • Forensic Studies Capstone* or
  • Elective
  • Forensic Studies Elective+ or
  • Elective
  • Elective

Key:


* Note that not all research or internship experiences through PY 435  and SC 401  are appropriate for the forensic studies capstone requirement and thus need prior approval from the forensic studies director. Other experiences may fulfill the capstone requirement but only with the approval of the forensic studies director.

+ At least one FS elective must be from a different academic division (i.e., Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Business) than the other four.

** Courses offered spring semester only.

++ Courses offered fall semester only.

Notes:


  1. Students may count courses in the forensic studies major and another major or minor, consistent with the double course counting policy of the University and/or the academic program.
  2. For students planning to study abroad fall term of junior year, BL 355  Forensic Biology only meets in the fall and SC 260  Intro to Criminal Justice is typically offered in the fall.  Be sure to complete the necessary pre-requisites for both courses prior to junior year.
  3. For students with a double major in biology, psychology, or sociology, no more than three courses from each major may be double counted in the forensic studies major (i.e., biology and forensic studies, psychology and forensic studies, or sociology and forensic studies). The only exceptions are BL 101  and the forensic capstone course, which do not count as one of the three courses. Students considering a double major with psychology should meet with the director of forensic studies during freshman year to discuss course selections.

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