– 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 82 hours
- FSC115 Introduction to Forensic Science and FSC115L Lab
- FSC215 Evidence Law and Ethics
- BIO311 Human Anatomy and Physiology and Lab
- BIO312 Human Anatomy and Physiology and Lab
- 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
- CHM281 Quantitative Analysis and CHM281L 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.