Forensic Science, BS
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- Curriculum and Requirements
- Contact Information
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- Apply to the Forensic Science Major
The Forensic Science program at San José State University is housed within the Department of Justice Studies, and aims to produce professional forensic scientists, with adaptable scientific skills accompanied by a thorough grounding in theory and practice. We offer students hands-on training in crime laboratory methodologies and crime scene investigation techniques to prepare them for a career in federal or state police services, national and international forensic institutions, government laboratories, and private organizations. Students can obtain a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Biology, Chemistry, or Digital Evidence, and the curricula of each major concentration meet the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Education Program Accreditation standards.
We value student engagement in the program, with other students, faculty, and community organizations. We have a robust Forensic Science Students organization, which can provide plenty of information on navigating the forensic science program, finding internships, and preparing for your career. Our forensic science faculty routinely provide opportunities to students to participate in research conducted within our lab. Through the internship, students gain first-hand experience in the day-to-day working of forensic laboratories with our faculty or with one of our many community partners, including the Santa Clara County District Attorney Crime Lab, Coroner’s Office, or local law enforcement.
The topics in the Forensic Science program include:
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Forensic photography
- Organic chemistry
- Forensic Entomology
- Principals of biochemistry
- Physical evidence analysis
- Instrumental analysis
- Body fluid and DNA analysis
Each semester, we offer a series of core forensic science classes, along with several specialized courses via FS 160 or program electives. Below is our tenative course scheduling each semester.
- FS 11 (1 in-person; 1 online)
- FS 100W
- FS 106
- FS 131
- FS 161 (2 sections)
- FS 162
- FS 164
- FS 167
- FS 169
- FS 171
Summer & Winter
Note: schedule subject to change due to student demand and faculty availability.
Visit the catalog website for currrent degree requirements
- Forensic Science, Biology Concentration, BS
- Forensic Science, Chemistry Concentration, BS
- Forensic Science, Digital Evidence Concentration, BS
- Forensic Science, Crime Scene Investigation Concentration, BS
- Note: Students are not able to enroll until Spring 2023; this is meant to get an idea of the requirements and start taking required courses.
Visit the Academic Advising page for current advising office hours.
Visit the Admissions website for more information on how to apply for enrollment to San José State University.
For currently admitted students, visit the Declare Major page to learn more about how to apply to this major.