– Ivan Santiago, Class of 2015
If “Law and Order,” “CSI” and “NCIS” are on regular rotation and science has become a guilty pleasure, it is time to take it to the next level with forensic science. TU is a leader in the forensic science field, with nationally recognized professors who teach from life experience. Learn scientific principles and tactics to assist criminal and civil investigations through chemistry, biology and law – and become the star of your own show.
The Forensic Science program is structured for a student to learn scientific principles and methods, applied to assist criminal and civil investigations and litigations. This program places an emphasis on the interdisciplinary disciplines of chemistry, biology and law. Students are educated on the role of forensic scientists in the criminal justice system and how scientific evidence can be used in that system. Students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science upon the successful completion of the required course work.
Because forensic science is a scientific field based in both scientific method and principles, and scientific laboratory applications, students completing this degree can seek professional employment positions in not just forensic science labs, but also in commercial and industrial laboratories.
Tiffin University provides faculty members who are academic leaders in their respective fields of Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science and Law.
Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours
Forensic Science Major 75 hours
- FSC115 Introduction to Forensic Science and FSC115L Lab
- FSC215 Evidence Law and Ethics
- BIO 211 General Biology II with Lab
- BIO333 Genetics and BIO333L Lab
- BIO373 Microbiology and BIO373L Lab
- BIO445 Cellular and Molecular Biology and BIO445L Lab
- CHM381 Quantitative Analysis and CHM381L Lab
- CHM435 Inorganic Chemistry and CHM435L Lab
- CHM450 Physical Chemistry and CHM450L Lab
- CHM481 Instrumental Analysis and CHM481L Lab
- MAT381 Calculus II
- PHY211 General Physics I and PHY211L Lab
- PHY212 Physics II and PHY212L Lab
One of the following:
- SAS470 Internship
- CHM370 Experimental Research Design
Total BA hours 121-123 hours
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August
There are no related concentrations available
Introduction to Forensic Science (FSC1153) - This course will provide a general introduction to the field of forensic science and its various functions and specialties from the crime scene to the laboratory.
Evidence Law and Ethics (FSC2153) - An examination of the principal rules of evidence applicable in the federal and states courts, and ethical considerations as applying to the collection, processing, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of evidence. Analysis of the relevant rules of evidence will be made alongside a broad overview of forensic science in the courtroom. This course will explore case law and ethical case studies as they apply to admissible evidence, how a forensic expert should testify to juries, and the extent to which the admission of forensic evidence assists juries. This is a writing intensive course.
General Physics I (PHY2113) - The course will serve as an introduction into the basic concepts of general physics and will serve as the physical requirement for the advanced forensic science major, for the middle school certification program and for the general science program. Students will be expected to apply these concepts in the required lab.
General Physics I Lab (PHY211L1) - This course represents the laboratory section of the first half of a two-semester Physics sequence. The laboratory section provides a practicum to experience concepts, theories, and laws of classical physics. This first semester laboratory section will cover mechanics and thermodynamics.
Physics II (PHY2123) - This course represents the second half of a two-semester physics sequence providing a quantitative problem-based coverage of classical physics. This second semester course will cover electromagnetism, light and optics, and modern physics. The course includes a laboratory component to provide hands-on experience with the topics covered.
Maria Gabriella De Oliveria, Ph.D.
Dr. Maria Gabriella deOliveira holds a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. She developed research as a Postdoctoral Fellow/Visiting Research Scientist at the Brazilian Navy and as a Research Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the areas of Marine Chemical Ecology and Ecology of Coral Reefs, respectively. She has12 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of Marine Science, General Biology, Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy & Physiology.
Dr. deOliveira served as an Emergency Department volunteer for 4 years and later as a Board Member of the Quality Improvement Council at a rural hospital in Washington State for one and a half years. She currently holds a STNA license from Ohio State.
John Schupp, Ph.D.
Dr. Schupp has twenty-five years experience in the synthetic crystal industry, from 1980 to 2005. In which time he received four patents in the area being granted in 2002.
Dr. Schupp started a student veteran program at Cleveland State in Fall 2006, and since 2009, he has spoken to over 600 campuses nationwide regarding veteran education.
Dr. Schupp helped write, pass and fund legislation for a FIPSE grant in 2010 which provided $6M in grants to over twenty campuses nationwide for veteran education.
Dr. Schupp is the winner of the Zachary Fisher Humanitarian of the Year award from the Department of Defense.
Mark Sabo, Ph.D.
Dr. Sabo enjoys teaching at the college level and has over 20 years of experience in teaching traditional chemistry courses as well as non-traditional multidisciplinary courses such as Forensic Science, Caveman Chemistry, Consumer Applications of Chemistry, Marine Science, and Food Science. He is very excited to be at Tiffin University and hopes his experience below will help students be empowered to value their education and become lifelong-learners, develop their maximum potential, and reach their career goals “ for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership and service” (Tiffin University Mission).
Dr. Sabo joined Tiffin University in August of 2014. He holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and a Ph. D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University. For sixteen years before coming to Tiffin University, Dr. Sabo was at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, the Swink Professor for Outstanding Classroom Teaching, and Director of the Catawba Analytical Research Laboratory (CARL). While at Catawba, Dr. Sabo spent many summers as a Visiting Scientist in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA. He helped develop and improve instrumental techniques used by the FBI and teach courses for domestic and international crime lab personnel. From 1994 – 1998, Dr. Sabo served Assistant to the Director of the Center for Chemistry Education and Visiting Associate Professor at Miami University where he was responsible for faculty enhancement, curriculum and materials development, student enrichment programs, networking, and program evaluation in the area of chemical technology. From 1990 – 1994 he worked at Quantum Chemical Corporation to develop new analytical methodologies to solve a variety of industrial problems. During his time at Quantum Chemical, he served as industrial mentor and instructor for Miami University’s Partners for Terrific Science industrial/academic program.
Sushmita Ghosh, Ph.D.
Dr. Ghosh joined Tiffin University in the fall of 2008 as Associate Professor of Science, after beginning her teaching career in India. Dr. Ghosh taught courses in physiology and electron microscopy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Later she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois working in toxicology at the Veterinary School of Medicine and a Postdoctoral Research associate at Tulane University Medical Center, where she worked in the area of prostate cancer and lung cancer. Dr. Ghosh has presented her research at various scientific meetings and has published over 12 papers in reputed scientific journals.
Since 2001, Dr. Ghosh has taught in area colleges and universities in Ohio teaching a variety of courses at Terra Community College in Fremont, The University of Findlay, both Heidelberg College and Tiffin University in Tiffin. She has also developed and taught a number of seated and online classes. While teaching at Tiffin University, her courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and Oceanography at the undergraduate level and The History and Philosophy of Scientific Exploration at the graduate level.
In 2006 and 2008, Dr. Ghosh assisted with the organization and implementation of the highly successful India Study Abroad Program conducted by Tiffin University and The University of Findlay respectively. She has also served as a judge at various science fairs in Illinois and Ohio.