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Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forensic Science, Specialization in Forensic Examination, B.S.

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The major of Forensic Science has specializations in Forensic DNA Analysis, Forensic Drug Analysis and Forensic Examination. The major with its specializations are designed for students interested in the application of scientific principles to the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence. The Forensic Science major provides students with a strong background in chemistry, biology, and scientific instrumentation, with additional exposure to all aspects of forensic science. Students will select one of three specializations within the major. Students completing a major in Forensic Science will be well prepared for a graduate program in Forensic Science or employment in a crime laboratory. This major will be housed in the Department of Chemistry.

Admissions Requirements

A student who wishes to declare the major of Forensic Science must meet the following admissions criteria:

Incoming Students:

  • SAT - prior to March 2016: Combined SAT score of 1100 or higher, with at least a 550 score on the Math portion; or
  • SAT - March 2016 and forward: Combined SAT score of 1200 or higher, with at least a 550 score on the Math section; or
  • ACT - An ACT composite and math score of 25 or higher

Students with scores falling below these ranges will be reviewed for acceptance on an individual basis.

Current BGSU students and Transfer Students may be eligible for the program if they have:

Students who met these criteria should contact the Forensic Science program regarding admission.

Learning Outcomes

BGSU Forensic Science graduates are vital members of the criminal justice system and are able to:

  • Think critically and analyze complex data for the benefit of the criminal justice system
  • Apply diverse information and skills toward solving real-world problems associated with solving crimes
  • Utilize laboratory skills with exacting standards and precision of care within the context of solving crimes

BGSU Forensic Science graduates shall be proficient in the following ability-based outcome measures. Focused on the comprehension, evaluation, synthesis and application skills necessary for success in the profession, these measures illuminate specific dimensions of the general program outcomes.

  1. Conceptual Competence:
    …understand the foundations of the profession of forensic science and its position within the criminal justice system (Comprehension).
  2. Scientific Competence:
    …design forensic studies based on the scientific method to produce evidence-based discoveries for use in criminal investigations (Synthesis).
  3. Mathematical Competence:
    …use mathematics to analyze physical, chemical, or biological evidence (Application).
  4. Communication Competence:
    …create verbal and written documents that inform, educate, and motivate a wide range of audiences using a variety of methods and media with clarity, sensitivity, and accuracy (Synthesis).
  5. Critical thinking and decision making abilities:
    …appraise forensic evidence relevant to the solution of an identified problem and make sound evidence-based decisions (Evaluation).
  6. Social Awareness:
    …express how forensic evidence and professional issues are placed within appropriate historical, cultural, social, economic, scientific, political and philosophical frameworks; and, demonstrate sensitivity and tolerance within a culturally-diverse society (Comprehension).
  7. Professional Conduct and Demeanor:
    …demonstrate high ethical standards toward others with integrity, compassion, empathy, and respect (Application).
  8. Leadership, Innovation and Advocacy:
    …contribute to positive change within the forensic sciences on behalf of society and the profession (Synthesis).

Students with a major in Forensic Science will select one of the following specializations to establish their academic and professional focus.

The major of Forensic Science with a specialization in Forensic Examination is designed for students interested in forensic science as it applies to impression evidence analysis and comparison, as well as other trace evidence examinations. This specialization provides a strong background in both the chemical and biological sciences with additional exposure to other aspects of forensic science. Students completing this specialization will be well prepared for a graduate Forensic Science program or employment in a crime laboratory.

Specialization learning outcomes

BGSU forensic examiners are able to:

  • demonstrate fundamental crime scene investigation techniques.
  • perform assorted latent print processing and capture techniques.
  • understand microscopic theory and the ability to use a variety of microscope types in the examination of forensic evidence.
  • operate all scientific instrumentation typically used by crime laboratories in the analysis of trace, pattern and impression evidence.
  • describe and defend the scientific foundations of the comparative forensic sciences in a fashion consistent with answering legal challenges.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
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   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
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   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

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University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Arts & Sciences Requirements

World Languages and Cultures (_____ yrs of HS_______) 

Consult the Undergraduate Catalog or the Arts and Sciences Student Handbook regarding approved course options in the different language and culture areas. 
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​   ________1020_________________    ________ 
​   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 

Lab Science  

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Multidisciplinary Component

Select from approved offerings, in consultation with an advisor and a faculty mentor. Four courses total, each with a different subject prefix. At least two courses at 3000/4000 level. Courses applied to the Arts & Sciences MDC may not be used to fulfill other Arts and Sciences degree requirements, nor may they be used to fulfill major, minor, BGP or other program requirements.   
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Major Requirements

For Graduation You Will Need:

  1. 122 credit hours minimum.
  2. Minimum GPA 2.00.
  3. At least 30 credit hours of BGSU course work.
  4. 40 credit hours at the 3000/4000 level.
  5. Completion of all degree requirements, including the BG Perspective Core.
  6. A major, and if required, a minor, specialization or emphasis.

Any substitution or waiver of courses required for your major or minor program must originate in the department/school offering the major or minor and must be approved by the College Office.

To ensure a timely graduation, see a College Advisor during the semester prior to your intended graduation.

Remember to complete an Application for Graduation by the end of the second week of classes during the fall semester or spring regular session, or by the end of the first week of the summer semester. For the specific dates, check your DARS. You may log onto MyBGSU to complete the online application. After the deadlines, you will need to complete an application in person in the College Office.

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