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BS in Forensic Science with a Concentration in Forensic Biology

Required Credits: 120

Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
CHEM 2124Lab for Organic Chemistry 23241
CHEM 2125Lab for Organic Chemistry 23251
CHEM 2324Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry3
PHIL 2306Ethics (C)3
PSYC 1301Introduction to Psychology (C)3
STAT 2480Elementary Statistical Methods4
ART 1300Art Appreciation (C)3
or FILM 1390 Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
MATH 1411Calculus I4
Select one of the following:4
Physics:
PHYS 2420
PHYS 2421
Introductory Mechanics
and Introductory Electromagnetism
8
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Forensic Science Major
Required Course:
CRIJ 1301Intro to Criminal Justice I3
Specialized Science Courses:
Select twelve hours of the following:12
Molecular Cell Biology
and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
Genetics
Toxicology
Topics in Biology
Analytical Chemistry
Biochem I:Struc & Function
Biochem II: Dynam & Bioenerg
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem
and Lab for Chemistry 4211
Inorganic Chemistry
Gen Microbiology Laboratory
and General Microbiology
Forensic Science Courses:
Select twelve hours from the following: 212
Toxicology
Forensic DNA Analysis
Forensic Pathobiology
Forensic Science I
Soil Properties & Genesis
Forensic Biology Track
Concentration:
Select twenty additional hours of upper-division Biology, Microbiology and/or CBCH courses:20
Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
Ecology Laboratory
Professional Development Sem.
Molecular Cell Biology
Ecology
Genetics
Evolution
Plants and People
Toxicology
Forensic DNA Analysis
Advanced Methods in Biology
Special Problems
Trans Electron Microscopy
Field Biology
Special Problems
Endocrinology
Biol Ultrastruc Interpretation
Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh
Field Biology
Animal Ecology
Cancer Biology
History/Philosophy-Biology
Mammalian Physiology
Biological Practicum
Topics in Biology
Special Problems
Membrane Biology
Techniques in Mol Biochem
Adv Topics in Mil Biochem
Mechanisms of Cellu Toxico
Cellular Biochemistry
Pathogenic Microbiology Lab
Microbial Physiology Lab
Microorganisms in Ecosystems
Pathogenic Microbiology
Microbial Physiology
Immunology Laboratory
Epidemiology
General Virology
Immunology
Medical Mycology
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of 37 hours of upper division course work 337
Total Hours120
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

Or any forensic biology/chemistry course with a lab component. Forensic science internships or independent studies/research may be used to fulfill up to 6 hours of this requirement.

3

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required for all Bachelor of Science degrees.

BS in Forensic Science with a Concentration in Forensic Chemistry

Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
CHEM 2321
CHEM 2221
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 2322
CHEM 2222
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
5
CHEM 2324
CHEM 2124
Organic Chemistry
and Lab for Organic Chemistry 2324
4
CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
Organic Chemistry
and Lab for Organic Chemistry 2325
4
PHIL 2306Ethics (C)3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
PSYC 1301Introduction to Psychology (C)3
STAT 2480Elementary Statistical Methods4
ART 1300Art Appreciation (C)3
or FILM 1390 Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
MATH 1411Calculus I4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Forensic Science Major
Required Courses:
CRIJ 1301Intro to Criminal Justice I3
Specialized Science Courses:
Select twelve hours of the following, at least in upper-division courses:12
Molecular Cell Biology
and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
Genetics
Toxicology
Topics in Biology
Lab for Chemistry 3310
Lab for Chemistry 3351
Lab for Chemistry 3352
Analytical Chemistry
Biochem I:Struc & Function
Biochem II: Dynam & Bioenerg
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem
and Lab for Chemistry 4211
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Topics Organic Chem
Required:
Gen Microbiology Laboratory
and General Microbiology
Forensic Science Courses
Select twelve hours of the following: 212
Toxicology
Forensic DNA Analysis
Forensic Pathobiology
Forensic Science I
Soil Properties & Genesis
Other Electives:
Select one additional hour of forensic chemistry, forensic biology, physical methods or microscopy1
Forensic Chemistry Track
Concentration:
Select twenty hours of the following:20
Lab for Chemistry 3310
Lab for Chemistry
Lab for Chemistry 3351
Lab for Chemistry 3352
Lab for Chemistry 3321
Lab for Chemistry 3322
Analytical Chemistry
Biochem I:Struc & Function
Biochem II: Dynam & Bioenerg
Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Structural Biochemistry Lab
Inorganic Chemistry Lab
Introduction to Research
Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem
Lab for Chemistry 4211
Advanced Topics Organic Chem
Structural Biochemistry
Biophysical Chemistry
Structure of Matter
Inorganic Chemistry
Introduction to Research
Polymer Chemistry
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of 37 hours of upper division course work 337
Total Hours120
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

Or any forensic biology/chemistry course with a lab component, forensic science internships or independent studies/research may be used to fulfill this requirement.

3

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required for all Bachelor of Science degrees.

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History (C)
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6