Forensic Sciences Prerequisite Requirements

Students who wish to enter the master's program in forensic sciences must have a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or other equivalent natural science, or forensic science—with a cumulative and science/math grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a four-point scale and must meet the following course prerequisites.

The degree programs mentioned above should have the minimum natural science core requirements consisting of the following:

  • General chemistry I and II and lab for science majors (8 credit hours)
  • Organic chemistry I and II and lab (8 credit hours)
  • Biology I for science majors (4 credit hours)
  • Physics I and II for science majors and lab (8 credit hours)
  • Calculus (3 credit hours)
  • Statistics (3 credit hours)

Applicants interested in the forensic chemistry track should have the following course work:

  • Analytical/Quantitative chemistry
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Physical chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry

Note: The above courses should have a laboratory component.

Applicants interested in the forensic biology track should have the following course work:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Population statistics
  • Cell biology
  • Microbiology

Note: Two of the above courses should have a laboratory component.