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2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Applied Forensic Science (B.S.)

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The Bachelor of Science program in Applied Forensic Science allows students to obtain a science-oriented degree that is supported by professional courses in forensic science and criminal justice within the context of a liberal arts education. The field of Forensic Science is recognized as a respected discipline among scientists and others in the criminal justice professions and encompasses a wide variety of disciplines including criminalistics, toxicology, pathology, odontology, engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, and criminal justice. Mount Ida College’s Applied Forensic Science Program emphasizes a chemistry-applied scientific approach to forensic crime scene analysis.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Students with an applied degree in forensic science can work as technicians in forensic laboratories in police departments, sheriff’s offices, district attorney’s offices, regional and state agencies, medical examiners’ offices, private companies, colleges and universities, and for Federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Service, Secret Service, and Central Intelligence Agency. Students with an applied degree in forensic science can also pursue a graduate degree in the field.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will have:

  • A solid science background in chemistry and other sciences appropriate to an applied forensic science degree;
  • An understanding of the criminal justice system and applications of science in that field;
  • Specialized and general skills and knowledge in forensic science;
  • An ability to integrate theory and practice through several applied experiences in forensic science;
  • Well developed analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Competence in appropriate forensic science technology and research information literacy;
  • Externship experience and understanding of the professional preparation necessary for career opportunities in forensics.



I. Required Applied Forensic Science and Science Core: (49 credits)

III. Other Required Courses: (33 credits)

  • History Elective (3 Credits)
    (Historical Understanding)
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective (3 Credits)
    (Humanities or Fine Arts)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 Credits)
    (“W” Course)
  • Literature Elective (3 Credits)

IV. Open Electives: (21 credits)

Total Credits: (121)


All College Curriculum:
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Junior Year Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

Second Year: (31 credits)

  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
  • Literature Elective

Third Year: (31 credits)

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar  (3 credits)
  • Three (3 Credits) Open Electives

Fourth Year: (30 credits)

  • Four (4) Open Electives

Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of AF) in this major.

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