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M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Science 


Key Benefits of our program:

  • Can enhance academic record for medical school applicantions
  • Optimal training opportunities and direct interaction with practitioners in the field
  • Faculty mentor, teach, and advise students, paying close attention to their development
  • Flexible programs enable students to tailor courses to their individual needs and goals
  • Field study in world-class facilities, such as the FBI laboratory, U.S. Drug Enforcement, various crime labs and medical examiner's offices

Career Paths: Graduates may obtain positions in:

  • Pathology
  • Toxicology
  • DNA Analysis
  • Forensic biology, chemistry, or anthropology


Program Requirements

The M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences is a pre-medical program for students interested in applying to medical school or pursuing allied careers in medicine, pathology, toxicology, DNA analysis, or forensic biology. Unique among colleges and universities, this 36-credit-hour program is flexible enough to meet the needs of recent college graduates and mid-career professionals. Considerable attention is paid to the medical and toxicological aspects of forensic science.


I. GATEWAY COURSES - 15 Credits Required

  • FSC 606 Advanced Forensic Science (3 credits)
  • FSC 631 Statistics for the Forensic Sciences* (3)
  • FSC 640 Forensic Biochemical Analysis (3)
  • FSC 651 Forensic Pathology (3)
  • FSC 653 Forensic Toxicology or FSC/BIO 657 Principles of Human Toxicology (3)

*If you have taken a Statistics course before, even as an undergraduate, this course might be deemed to satisfy this requirement. If the requirement is satisfied, you will still need to take 36 credits to complete the degree, but you will NOT need to take FSC 631. In other words, you will have one additional elective course.


II. Electives - 19 Credits required, including one course marked with *

  • ANT 600 Reading the Body (3)
  • ANT 633 Human Osteology (3)
  • ANT 634 Anthropology of Death (3)
  • ANT 636 Bioarcheology (3)
  • BIO 675 Biochemistry I (3)
  • BIO 676 Biochemistry II (3)
  • BIO 501 Biology of Cancer (3)
  • BIO 503 Developmental Biology (3)
  • BIO 565 Cellular Physiology (3)
  • BIO 607 Advanced Neuroscience (3)
  • BIO 631 Population Genetics (3)
  • BIO 663 Molecular Biotechnology* (3)
  • BIO 665 Molecular Biology Laboratory* (3)
  • BIO 675 Biochemistry Laboratory* (3)
  • CHE 575 Organic Spectroscopy (3)
  • CHE 612 Metal in Medicine (3)
  • CHE 614 Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry (3)
  • CHE 627 Organic Chemistry of Biological Molecules (3)
  • CHE/PHY 635 Physical Cell Biology (3)
  • CHE 674 Structural and Physical Biochemistry1 (3)
  • CHE/BCM 677 Prep & Analysis of Proteins & Nucleic Acids* (3)
  • CHE/BCM 678 Perspectives in Biochemistry (3)
  • FSC 632 Research and Career Resources (3)
  • FSC 635 Medicolegal Death Investigation I (3)
  • FSC 636 Medicolegal Death Investigation II (3)
  • FSC 637 Medicolegal Death Investigation for Emergency Responders (3)
  • FSC 640 Selected Topics in Advanced Forensic Science (3)
  • FSC 644 Forensic Chemical Analysis (4)
  • FSC 652 Forensic Mental Health (3)
  • FSC 653 Forensic Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 654 Nuclear Forensics (3)
  • FSC/BIO 657 Principles of Human Toxicology (3)
  • FSC 661 Firearms & Impression Evidence (3)
  • FSC 662 Forensic Entomology (3)
  • FSC 665 Latent Prints (3)
  • FSC 667 Forensic Photography (3)
  • FSC 668 Crime Scene Investigation (3)
  • FSC 669 Science of Countering WMDs (3)
  • FSC 671 Firearms and Impression Evidence II (3)
  • FSC 675 Advanced Light Microscopy (3)
  • FSC 676 Cold Cases (3)
  • FSC 690 Independent Study or Internship in Forensic Science (3)
  • IST 602 Digital Forensics (3)
  • LIN 671 Dimension of Bilingualism & Multiculturalism (3)
  • LIN 675 Forensic Linguistics (3)
  • PSY 674 Advanced Social Psychology1 (3)
  • SWK/WGS 626 Persons in Social Context (3)

1Petition Required

Total Credits for Degree - 36