In-Depth Information for Undeclared Transfer Students - FS Majors

For upper division-undeclared transfers

Processes for declaring Forensic Science as their major

1) Undeclared transfer students whose GPA rises above 3.4prior to declaring Forensic Science as your major
Arrange by email to show a copy of your last transcript from your current and prior colleges to the Director of the Forensic Science Program for approval. Your application will be approved if GPA is > 3.4. The Director of the Forensic Science Program is Dr. Steven Lee ( sblee999@gmail.com).

2) All other transfer students

Complete the following prior to applying for Forensic Science Major:
STAT 95 Elementary Statistics (required for major)
JS 10 Introduction to Justice Studies (required for major)
WST Writing Skills Test: This must be taken and passed prior to applying to change your major to Forensic Science

Toward the end of every semester, the number of open spaces in the Forensic Science major will be determined. Students wanting to declare Forensic Science at that time will be ranked by their GPA. Starting at the top of the list, students will be approved for declaring Forensic Science until the number of open slots at the time is filled.

If you are going to compete to declare Forensic Science Concentration in Chemistry, the following is a guideline course schedule:

Recommended Academic planning for Undeclared students
Fall Spring
JS 10 (required for major and minor) CHEM 001B
CHEM 001A JS 112 OR JS 113 (required for major and minor)
100W(requires WST passed) Any outstanding lower-division Core GE
Possible minor course from another area SJSU Studies course (requires WST passed)

If you are going to compete to declare Forensic Science Concentration in Biology, the following is a guideline course schedule:

Recommended Academic planning for Undeclared students
Fall Spring
JS 10, JS 16, or JS 20 (required for major and minor) BIOL 1B
BIOL 1A JS 112 OR JS 113 (required for major and minor)
100W(requires WST passed) Any outstanding lower-division Core GE
Possible minor course from another area SJSU Studies course (requires WST passed)

Advice for Transfer Undeclared Students

Things you need to know about your situation:

  • Declaring Forensic Science as your major will be competitive
  • If you have a final transfer GPA above 3.0, you will have a good chance of qualifying. We recommend you declare either Biology or Chemistry as a minor
  • If you have a final transfer GPA between 2.70 and 3.0, it is doubtful you will qualify, but if you are highly motivated and focused you may have a fighting chance;
  • If you have a final transfer GPA of less than 2.50, it is highly unlikely you will qualify. We recommend you consider another major but consider declaring Justice Studies, Biology, or Chemistry as a minor.
  • Don't take too many courses Ð of any kind Ð at once. Give yourself the space to do well.

Have a back-up plan, particularly if your transfer GPA is below 3.0. Think about a second area outside of Forensic Science that you can pursue. This can be a minor area if you get into Forensic Science. If you don't get into Forensic Science, you can major in this area.

Some good alternatives to a Forensic Science major are shown below (in no particular order). Some of these are also impacted majors so you'll need to check on what the entrance criteria are.

Justice Studies: Biology Chemistry Nursing
Molecular and Cell Biology Biochemistry Health Sciences

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